Come and See with Bright Stars of Bethlehem Trips

Faith in the Face of Empire: A Leadership Program in Palestine

April 11, 2016 - April 23, 2016

Trip cost: $3995



I invite pastors, church leaders, religious journalists, and other professional people committed to the Holy Land struggle to participate in a leadership program to the Holy Land based on my latest book “Faith in the Face Empire.” The aim of this program is to gain a deeper understanding of the current realities in Israel-Palestineas well as viewing the Holy Land through a new, biblical lens. This program is open to people who are interested in the region and committed to making a difference by investing in hope.


The changing context of the Middle East as a region makes the purpose of this program especially urgent.  Because of the changing atmosphere, there is an urgency to consider questions of where do we go from here on the journey toward peace, human rights and building bridges of understanding. I believe my recent book provides a framework for considering many of the hard questions we now face.


The Palestinian Christian community in the Kairos document sent out a cry to the Christian community abroad saying “Come and See.” This is an invitation to come and share in an in-depth examination of current realities, to listen to diverse narratives, to be inspired by ministries of hope, and to consider future directions for advocacy and support in the wake of all that has happened. I hope you will join me for this program of faith and learning.


— Mitri Raheb


For the full program brochure and more information please contact, Shelby Toler, Network and Events Director, at

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Bright Stars Holy Land Trip w/ Dr. Les Schmidt

October 8, 2016 - October 17, 2016

Trip cost: $3700

Join your host, Dr. Les Schmidt, for this amazing journey through the Holy Land. Encounter the land of the Bible in multiple ways:

  • Visits to traditional sites associated with the Bible. 
  • Learn more of what it means to be a Christian in a multi-faith context while living in occupation. 
  • Learn more about the unique and exciting ministries of Bright Stars of Bethlehem


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Annual Parish Nurse Trip

November 25, 2016 - December 3, 2016

The annual parish nurse trip is primarily to serve the people in Bethlehem
through health education and/or health screening for young couples and older
adults.  The exact activities are determined by collaboration between the
parish nurse in Bethlehem and the team leader who serves as a parish nurse
it St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle, IL.  The exact cost is determined
by actual costs closer to the travel date.

The team is open to parish nurses and non-nurses.  Non nurses will be
assigned to important support roles.  

For more information or to register,

Registration closes May 1 or when spaces are filled.

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