Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Salaam, Shalom and Hello.
I’d like to personally invite you to a unique study tour of the Holy Land, taking place from 2–12 May 2016.
This will be our sixth trip to the Holy Land and our visits are constantly evolving based on information, advice and suggestions from participants.
What makes this tour unique?
First of all, most tours of Israel/Palestine focus much more on the past than the present. While it is fascinating to visit historical sites such as the Via Dolorosa, the shores of Galilee and the Garden Tomb – and our tour will go to many places like these – it’s equally exciting to visit sites that are significant to people living in the Holy Land today. On our tour, we will visit places like the bustling city of Haifa as well as a settlement and a refugee camp. We’ll also meet Muslims and Jewish speakers plus human rights workers.
Secondly, this tour will help you go behind the headlines. You’ll meet and pray with Palestinian Christians and Messianic Jews, with people who are working for reconciliation within the land. In doing so, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the current climate in the Holy Land and the people living there. You will attend seminars and discussions on the history of the conflict, hear theological reflections, and experience first-hand what God is doing in the land.
Perhaps the biggest difference between our tour and some others is our heart for mission. Church Mission Society has a network of longstanding friendships and connections in the Middle East. I think you’ll enjoy meeting some of our partners. As you get to know them, it will help fuel your prayers for peace in the Holy Land.
The cost of the trip
is £1,290 (if registered by 31 August 2015). £1,350 (if registered after 31 August 2015). Single supplement £290. Flights are not included in the cost.
Deadline for registration is 3 January 2016.
We have limited places
as we like smaller groups, so please do not wait until the last minute.
If you have booked by the end of August 2015, the payment schedule is as follows:
- A deposit of: £300 by 31 August. Please note your place on the tour cannot be confirmed until we have received your deposit.
- Payment 1: £495 by 1 October 2015
- Payment 2: £495 by 1 March 2016
- If you book after the end of August you will be invoiced for your deposit and then must pay the remainder of the cost in one more payment of £1,050 by 1 March 2016.
The price includes land transport, three meals a day, all entrance fees to sites and honorarium to speakers. It also includes generous tips for hotel staff, driver and guide. We will have a fully licensed guide with us the whole time. The cost does not include the flights. We will inform you about the flights by November 2015.
I invite you to take a look at the enclosed itinerary, and to please contact me for any further information.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
May the Lord bless and keep you.
CMS Regional Manager – Europe, Middle East and North Africa