The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) invites you to travel with us in January 2006 on a Christian pilgrimage and fact-finding mission to see the holy sites in Jordan, Palestine, and Israel and to meet with Christian communities in the Holy Land.

The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) invites you to travel with us in January 2006 on a Christian pilgrimage and fact-finding mission to see the holy sites in Jordan, Palestine, and Israel and to meet with Christian communities in the Holy Land.  A very special part of this Pilgrimage will be participating in the Second Ecumenical Children's Christmas Celebration at the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. This celebration sponsored by HCEF will bring approximately 1000 Christian children aged 7 -13 from different Christian villages to celebrate Christmas at the place where the Prince of Peace was born.  Many of these children have never been to Bethlehem before even though it is close to their homes.

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, Madaba, and Nazareth.  Some of the sites pilgrims will visit include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.  There will be opportunities to shop for gifts in family-run shops that sell the fine handcrafts of local artisans.

Pilgrims will visit, share meals, and worship with Palestinian and Jordanian 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. 

For more details on the pilgrimage, please click on the link below:
January 2006 Pilgrimage

The pilgrimage dates are January 7 – 20, 2006.  The cost of the pilgrimage in under $3000 (including roundtrip airfare) from any major city in the U.S.  Space is limited and reservations must be made by December 4, 2005.  For additional questions or to make reservations, please contact Gail Freeman, Pilgrimage Coordinator, by phone at 1-866-871-HCEF (toll-free) or by e-mail at http://www.hcsn.org/HCEF/mailtgfreeman@hcsn.org.

All are encouraged to join us . it is a journey that will change your life!