In recent years, there has been a return of pilgrims to the Holy Land. Many people are once again considering sharing in the joy and blessing of visiting the land where God’s plan for the salvation of the world unfolded. The pilgrimage described in this brochure offers you a unique opportunity to deepen your relationship with the Lord Jesus and become stronger in your faith. It is a well-planned pilgrimage, and it will be prayerful and educational. The land of Israel/Palestine is the fifth Gospel. To better understand the four Gospels, one must walk the fifth. I hope that you will consider joining me in March!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Pastor Scott & Emily Dalen
MARCH 9 DAY 1 – DEPART: Begin your pilgrimage by departing for our flights and connect with an overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
MARCH 10 DAY 2 - ARRIVE TEL AVIV: Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Meet your guide and driver and travel to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
MARCH 11 DAY 3 – CAESAREA, AKKO, HAIFA, MT CARMEL: Drive along the coast to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of Palestine. See the crusader fortifications, the Roman amphitheater, aqueduct, and the harbor from where Paul was taken to Rome. We then head to the ancient city of Akko where we have lunch. Later, we drive through the Carmel Mountains heading for the Galilee, stopping in Haifa on the way.
MARCH 12 DAY 4 – CANA, NAZARETH, MT TABOR: This morning we drive to Cana, the village of Jesus’ first miracle of changing water into wine; here couples may renew their wedding vows. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth and visit Mary’s well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. After lunch continue to Mt. Tabor, scene of the Transfiguration.
MARCH 13 DAY 5 – THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST IN THE GALILEE, TIBERIAS, CASAREA PHILIPPI: Drive to the Cliffs of Arbel to view of the Sea of Galilee. Visit the lovely Church of the Beatitudes and the Church of Multiplication on the north shore, built on the site of the miracle of the fishes and loaves. See the ancient synagogue and St. Peter’s House at Capernaum, where Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law and others. Sail on the peaceful waters of the Galilee. Stop and see the Jesus Boat discovered in the mud of the Galilee. In the afternoon, we visit Caesarea Philippi, location of the testimony of St. Peter and where Jesus answered him “You are the rock and upon this rock I will build my Church.” Later we visit Magdala before we head to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
MARCH 14 DAY 6 – THE WILDERNESS: JERICHO, MT TEMPTATION, DEAD SEA: We begin our day with a drive down the Jordan Valley and head towards Jericho. At the oasis town of Jericho, visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. On the way back there is time for a swim in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties. In the afternoon, there will be time for you to revisit some of your favorite sites and time for last minute buying of gifts for your loved ones.
MARCH 15 DAY 7 – BETHLEHEM, HEBRON: Early this morning we take a guided walking tour of The Old City visiting The Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. We then head to Hebron and visit the Ibrahimi Mosque and the Tombs of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Take a tour with the Ecymenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine & Israel and then stop at the Hebron glass factory. Meet with representatives from breaking the Silence. Return to Bethlehem for dinner, followed by a meeting with the Rev. Dr, Mitri Raheb, director of the Diyar Consortium and Pastor of Evangelical Christmas Lutheran Church, Dar al Kalima College, and Dar al Kalima Health and Wellness Center.
MARCH 16 DAY 8 – SHEPHERDS FIELD, HERODIAN, EIN KAREM: We begin our morning with a visit to the Shepherd’s Field where Angels appeared to the shepherds, to announce the Birth of JesusFrom here we head to Mt. Herodian in the Judean Hills. In the afternoon we drive towards Ein Karem. We will visit the Church of Visitation the site of the Blessed Virgin Mary's visit with her cousin Elizabeth. This is the place where Our Lady said Her "Magnificat". The birthplace of St. John the Baptist is the last church we visit before heading to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
MARCH 17 DAY 9 – JERUSALEM: Make and early morning visit to the Haram al Sharif (Temple Mount) with views of the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. We then visit the headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) to meet with Bishop Younan of the ELCJHL and President of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Learn about the ministries of the ELCJHL. Continue touring the Old City, including a walk along the Via Dolorosa with stops at a few of the Stations of the Cross along the way. End your walk at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where the last few stations are located. Usher in Shabbat at sunset at the Western Wall.
MARCH 18 DAY 10 – JERUSALEM: This morning we drive to the Mount of Olives for a memorable view of Jerusalem. Meet with Rev. Mark Brown at Augusta Victoria Hospital to learn of the healing work of the LWF. Walk down the Palm Sunday Road stopping at Pater Noster Church with the crypt where, according to the tradition, Jesus taught the disciples to pray. Continue past Dominus Flevit Chapel and arrive at the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations.
MARCH 19 DAY 11 – RETURN HOME: This morning we enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport to board our flights back home with memories to last a lifetime.