Jordan will be our gateway to the Holy Land. In Jordan, we will visit Amman, Petra, Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the exciting new archeological find at Bethany Beyond the Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. The pilgrimage will also include visits to many Holy Land towns with established Christian communities, including Bethlehem, Birzeit, Ramallah, Taybeh, Madaba and Nazareth. Some of the other sites pilgrims will visit include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem and the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. There will also be opportunities to shop for gifts at small, family-run shops that sell the fine hand-crafts of local artisans.

The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) invites you to travel with us in January 2005 on a Christian pilgrimage and fact-finding trip to see the holy sites in Jordan, Palestine, and Israel and to meet with the Christian communities in the Holy Land.  

Jordan will be our gateway to the Holy Land.  In Jordan, we will visit Amman, Petra, Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the exciting new archeological find at Bethany Beyond the Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.  The pilgrimage will also include visits to many Holy Land towns with established Christian communities, including Bethlehem, Birzeit, Ramallah, Taybeh, Madaba and Nazareth.  Some of the other sites pilgrims will visit include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem and the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth.  There will also be opportunities to shop for gifts at small, family-run shops that sell the fine hand-crafts of local artisans.

Pilgrims will visit, share meals, and worship with Palestinian Christians in villages throughout the Holy Land.  There will be many opportunities to observe firsthand the full impact of the occupation on the indigenous Christians living in Palestine.  Meetings will also be arranged with political and religious leaders of the region, including attendance at the 2nd International HCEF Holy Land Conference.  

For more details about the pilgrimage, please see: http://www.hcef.org/index.cfm/eventid/164/ID/23.cfm

The pilgrimage dates are January 4 – 17.  The cost of the pilgrimage is under $3000 (including round trip airfare) from any where in the U.S.  Spaces are limited, and reservations must be made by December 4, 2004. 
For additional questions or to make reservations, contact Gail Freeman, HCEF Pilgrimage Coordinator, by phone at 1-866-871-HCEF (toll-free) or by e-mail at gfreeman@hcsn.org

All are encouraged to join us — this is a trip that can change your life! 

 

*The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization 501 (c) 3, committed to improving the lives of Christians in the Holy Land through building bonds of solidarity with between Christians in the United States and Christians in the Holy Land. We have two goals:  inform Americans about the Christians in the Holy Land and provide humanitarian assistance for the needy in the land where Jesus Christ was born, preached, died and rose again. HCEF, 6935 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 214, Bethesda, MD 20815 (301) 951-9400, Toll Free (866) 871-4233 (HCEF), www.hcef.org.  Email: hcef@hcef.org