Pastor David and Megan Hansen are hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, January 11-21, 2021.
This is a life-changing opportunity to grow in faith as we experience the places where the stories of Scripture unfolded. Walk where Jesus walked. Pray where the disciples prayed.
As hosts, Pastor David and Megan will provide background information to the places that we visit, leading us in prayer, Bible study, and worship both before and throughout the trip.
- January 11-21, 2021
- Includes airfare from Houston, 3 meals a day, all park/museum entrances, double occupancy hotel rooms, and in-country bus transport and local guide
- $3,490 per person
- Send a note to Pastor David to reserve your spot or get on the list of interested people. Deposits will be asked for after January 1, 2020
Places of Pilgrimage
We will be visiting some of the most important places in the Gospels. Here are some highlights.
Much of Jesus’ ministry took place along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum – the town that was home to Peter and served as the home base of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. Sail on the Galilee – experience the views that the disciples looked over throughout their lives, and where they met Jesus on the water. Visit the traditional places where Jesus preached and performed his miracles.
The hometown of Mary and Joseph, and the childhood home of Jesus. It is here that the story of the Gospel begins, with the Annunciation to Mary that she would give birth to God’s chosen Messiah.
We will be traveling to the lowest place on earth. Around the Dead Sea, we will experience the wilderness of Judea – where Jesus was tempted. In Jericho, we will see the oldest city in the world – including the ancient walls that we read about in the story of Joshua.
We will walk and sing where “shepherds kept watch over their flocks by night.” Traveling to the other side of town, we will find our way to the Church of the Nativity and the grotto in which Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and laid him in a manger.
A city that is of key importance to all three “religions of the book.” Overlook the city from the Mount of Olives. Walk the streets that Jesus walked on the way to the cross. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – the place of Jesus’ death and burial. Pray at the walls of the Temple Mount.
Is It Safe?
Pastor David and Megan took this trip in September 2019. Throughout the trip, Good Shepherd Tours did an amazing job of providing safe travel and hospitality. The tour company and guides are all based out of Bethlehem, and know the local situation intimately. At no point in the trip did we feel unsafe.
The international relationships in that area are always shifting, and involve all of the neighboring countries. Both your hosts and tour company are keeping an eye on the news and reports from locals. We will talk about travel insurance before we take any deposits.