February 26, 2017 was Transfiguration Sunday. We know the story. Peter, James and John go up the mountain with Jesus. The experience is so startling, so exciting that Peter wants to build shelters and just stay there.
Of course, Peter came down the mountain but if you asked him if he wanted to go back, I doubt there would be a second of resistance.
That’s the way I feel when I visit the Holy Land, whether on a Global Encounter or visiting projects. For me it seems like home. It seems like going back up the mountain.
From January 18 to February 1, 2018 you can have the same experience. Canadian Lutheran World Relief will be hosting a tour to Jordan and the Holy Land. Even if you have been to the Holy Land before this is a chance to revisit the mountain with the added feature of visiting Jordan.
Upon arrival in Israel you go directly to the shores of the Mediterranean at the Roman port of Caesarea and visit the ruins and be refreshed after a long plane ride. You will spend the evening in Tiberius right on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
The next day will be spent visiting a variety of New Testament religious sites such as Capernaum, the Mount of the Beatitudes as well as a boat ride on the sea.
Nazareth is the next stop and then off to the Jordanian border and a crossing at the King Hussein Bridge. The Za’atari refugee camp for Syrian refugees is the next stop.
After spending the evening in the capital Amman, the group will visit CLWR school rehabilitation projects in Jordan.
Petra is next. Think Indiana Jones. Petra is spectacular and you will have a lot of time to take it all in.
After an overnight in Petra we will visit the Lutheran chapel at the Jordan River baptismal site and visit the site itself before heading to the Dead Sea for an afternoon float and overnight stay.
We then cross back to the West Bank through the Allenby Bridge entrance and spend time in Jericho and the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran before heading to our accommodation in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The next six days will be filled with visits to a variety of religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the West Bank. They include the Shepherds Fields, Church of the Nativity, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Garden of Gethsemane, Pools of Bethesda, Caiaphas’s Castle, Via Della Rosa and more.
The real highlight is always the visit to the extraordinary work of the Lutheran World Federation and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). This includes The Vocational Training Center, Augusta Victoria Hospital, International Center and some of the K-12 ELCJHL schools.
The food is spectacular, the accommodations great and the hospitality is warm and welcoming.
Come up the mountain with me!
Check out the link http://www.clwr.org/News/news-brief.cfm?news_id=503
Tom Brook, Legacy Planning and Major Gifts Advisor