May 15-26, 2018
Join Associate Director Marilyn Borst and visit Outreach’s strategic partners: Bethlehem Bible College, Palestinian Bible Society and Musalaha (a reconciliation ministry) to learn of their work and witness. We will also meet with other Palestinian Christian ministries to learn how they are seeking to be faithful under pressure and with peace, a seemingly elusive ideal in this controversial but compelling place.
There will, of course, be ample time to experience the sites of the Biblical narrative and the places where Christ's life and ministry became incarnational, including the Jerusalem area, Bethlehem, Nazareth and the Galilee, as well as Jericho and the Dead Sea. Participants will be expected to absorb assigned readings which will help prepare them to explore the history and politics of a contested land, and to wrestle with the often-distorted theologies which have skewed our understanding of what the Bible teaches us about that land and the divine covenants (in both the Old and New Testaments) which were formed in that crucible.
We will also spend some days in Jordan visiting the refugee ministries of Middle East Council of Churches, who, through their Orthodox Initiative, are bringing hope and healing to both Syrian and Iraqi refugees. We will also spend time with the students and staff of the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf where, for 50 years, this Anglican boarding school has dispensed both loving care and quality education. There will be an add-on option to see Petra.
Land Cost: $2,480, double occupancy
Not included in cost: round trip airfare, two meals, tips
For more information:
Lisa Dill (615) 778-8881