Audience for this site

This website is meant for all Christians wanting to learn more about their own Christian Holy Land. There are different ways people and groups come to the Christian Holy Land and this website can give you help in getting the most out of your trip and it can give you help in advocating for the Christians who live there.

  1. Church of All Nations
    Church of All Nations
    Standard trips. Some trips are just standard travel agency trips and you are dependent on the tour guide, who interprets from her or his point of view. (We used to call them “tour gods"). Many are quite good. But, sometimes the guide just doesn’t want to go someplace, and would rather take you to a tourist shop where he or she receives a percentage. Sometimes the guide will schedule a Sunday trip which will take you to a place like the Dead Sea where you cannot attend worship. Some guides will say that you must have permission to attend services, which is not true. Sometimes guides will have a political agenda or a prejudice that will get in your way. Let this information help you to make demands on the guide for the trip you want and have paid for.
     
  2. Tourists on all-expense paid tours. These come with the expectation that you will bring others on a similar tour. They are usually designed to provide a single point of view, not necessarily Christian. Ask questions before you participate to find out if you will see Christian sites and meet Christian people.  What are your obligations after the trip? (There are costs for a free trip.)
     
  3. Tour Group in IsraelTours led by a peace or justice group or other similar organization. Sometimes these groups ignore your interests as a Christian. This information can be used to enhance the experience or help plan it. Beyond your own denomination and Christian groups in Palestine several groups plan trips:
    1. Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.FOSNA.org
    2. Interfaith Peace-Builders — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.IFPB.org
    3. Christians for Middle East Understanding (CMEP) — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    4. Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding (EMEU) — www.EMEU.net
    5. Joint Advocacy Iniative (JAI) East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA — www.JAI-pal.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
       
  4. Hiking Trail
    Hiking Trail
    Your very own trip. You can plan a trip for yourself or a small group with help from your denominational national office or an ecumenical agency such as the Middle East Council of Churches. Additionally, a local Palestinian Christian group can help you plan. West Bank Christians are working hard on increasing tourism with training for guides, new places to stay, and hiking and biking trips. The information in this website will inform you as to what you might want to do and see, and the agency will help you with the “how to do it.” Some local agencies to help plan your trip are:
    1. http://This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    2. http://travelpalestine.ps/
    3. http://visitpalestine.ps/
       
  5. People who can’t visit but want to learn more about the land where Jesus spent his earthly life. Information in this website includes the places where Jesus visited; the Church and its growth; the diversity of Churches (denominations) that are in the Land; and information about the indigenous Christians still there. You can read this and see yourself on a virtual trip to the Christian Holy Land.
     
  6. People who can’t visit but want to advocate on behalf of the Christians in the Holy Land.

    A part of “Never say “goodbye” is devoted to ways to advocate for Christians in Israel, the West Bank and Palestine.

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