Come and See with Bright Stars of Bethlehem Trips
Faith in the Face of Empire
March 11, 2015 - March 23, 2015
Trip cost: $3,950
I invite pastors, church leaders, religious journalists, and other professional people involved in the Holy Land struggle to a unique program 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-Palestine today in the wake of the Gaza war as well as viewing the Holy Land through a new, biblical hermeneutical lens. This opportunity is open for people already interested in the region, who have traveled there before and are committed to making a difference and investing in hope. Events of 2014 have included the failure of the American peace initiative, the Gaza War, the escalation of acts of racial hatred and violence, and the changing context of the Middle East as a region. All of these events combined are changing the atmosphere and impact questions of where do we go from here on the journey toward peace, human rights and building bridges of understanding. This is an invitation to come and see the facts on the ground, 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 this year. I hope you will join me for this program of faith and learning.
Round-trip airfare from Newark (other cities available), accommodations (superior tourist class hotel), breakfast and dinner daily with five lunches, transfers and transportation, sightseeing, entrance fees, honoraria for speakers, luggage handling, experienced English-speaking guide, gratuities, airport/foreign taxes and comprehensive documentation. Tariffs and currency valuations are as of August 2014, a minimum of 22 travelers.
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Bethlehem Immersion Tour
July 31, 2015 - August 9, 2015
Trip cost: $3,700
Reserve your spot on the Bethlehem Immersion Tour today!
Join your hosts, Rich Bimler, Jon Laabs, and Beth Nelson Chase, for this amazing journey. 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.
Friday, Jan. 8: Depart US to Tel Aviv
Saturday, Jan. 9: Arrive in Tel Aviv; travel to Bethlehem; dinner and rest
Sunday, Jan. 10: Breakfast, Worship at Christmas Lutheran Church, lunch in the old city of Bethlehem, tour Old City of Bethlehem including the Church of the Nativity, St. Catherines Church, Milk Grotto, etc. Dinner and overnight at the Guest House.
Monday, Jan. 11: Breakfast, tour Solomon’s Wells, Herodian, Shepherds Fields, Separation Wall, Refugee Camp. Free time to explore the Old City shop, etc. Dinner with members of the Ajyal (retired group). Worship in a Cave. Overnight at the Guest House
Tuesday, Jan. 12: Breakfast, Presentation of the Diyar program, tour International Center, Schools and University, Wellness Center. Afternoon departure for Jerusalem, Bethany and Lazarus’ Tomb, Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Dinner and overnight inside the Old City Walls of Jerusalem.
Wednesday, Jan. 13: Tour inside the Old City including Bethany, Ecce Homo Via Doloroso, Golgatha, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Garden Tomb, museum, and several other sites. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday, Jan. 14: Early Morning departure for Masada, Qumron, Dead Sea, Baptismal Site, Tiberias (Sea of Galilee). Overnight in Tiberias.
Friday, Jan. 15: Mt. of Beatitudes, Chapel of Fishes and Loves, Primacy of Peter, Capernaum, Boat Museum, Boat trip on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias.
Saturday, Jan. 16: Cana, Nazareth, Carmelite Monastery (Elijah and the Prophets of Baal), Haifa, Caesarea, Joppa, (dinner in Joppa), on to the airport for a late night departure to US
Sunday, Jan. 17: Return home
Midvale Lutheran Church
October 30, 2015 - November 10, 2015
Trip cost: $4,100
You are cordially invited to go behind the scenes of Bright Stars of Bethlehem with Midvale Community Lutheran Church on a unique and authentic pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Expereince sites from scripture and witness the living stones of faithful Christians serving in Bethlehem and beyond.
Anticipated cost for this trip is $4,100. This includes ground fees of $2,385 for a double, $2,785 for a single, which covers room, meals (except lunches), entrance fees, fround transportation, tips for tour guide. Airfare is estimated to be approximately $1,700. Incidentals and visa for Jordan (apprx. $60) are not included. Travel insurance is available for purchase. The cost to reserve your spot on this trip is $250, which is non-refundable.