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Yearly Archives: 2015

Where then is my hope? Job 17:15

St. Mark’s held a meeting with their church to share their stories from Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Below are the notes from Josie Jordan’s presentation… I experienced hope during our homestay with a Palestinian family in Burqin nestled in the northern region of the West Bank. Burqin is a small town of 6,000 people in…

Walls and Walls – A Pilgrim’s Perspective

This blog post comes from traveler Susan Goodwillie Stedman (former St. Mark’s Parishioner who joined us from Maine for the 2015 Pilgrimage in Israel/Palestine/Jordan. Her late husband, Bruce Stedman, had been an assistant to Count Bernadotte, the UN Negotiator in Jerusalem in 1947-48 and who was assassinated by the Israeli Stern Gang). She emailed the following…

Seeds of Hope, as seen in the Arts

St. Mark’s held a meeting with their church to share their stories from Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Below are notes from Marjorie Coombs Wellman’s presentation… We saw numerous examples of artistic pursuits on the trip, even where it seemed most bleak but all reflected the basic humanity and human dignity of the people who created them  some…

MEJDI Tours is featured by Brazilian Travel Blog The Green Travel

MEJDI Tours was featured by Green Travel, a travel blog from Brazil that highlights responsible tourism. For any of our friends who can read Portuguese, check it out and let us know what you think! Click here to read the article For more information… Interesting in traveling with us? Check out our list of open…

MEJDI Co-Founder Aziz Abu Sarah’s new article for Haaretz

MEJDI Co-Founder Aziz Abu Sarah just published a new article in Haaretz entitled I Was a Palestinian stone-thrower. Here’s why I stopped. In this article, Aziz shares how two people close to him continue to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians even during tough times. Aziz states – …Muhammad and Sarah remind me that I am also a…

Visiting Taybeh

The First Lutheran Church group visited Taybeh and Taybeh Brewing Company to learn about delicious Palestinian beer. Below are some pictures from the day. 

Updates from Bethlehem

The morning began with news that our bus driver couldn’t get out of his village and our bus wasn’t able to leave the lot. This news was followed by news that during the protest we witnessed yesterday a young man was killed by Israeli soldiers. He was not a part of the protest, he was…

Bethlehem mornings

It’s morning here in Bethlehem and there is steady traffic flowing down the street as I sit on the balcony. In front of me is a terraced hill with an old dwelling on it surrounded on each side and above by more modern buildings. Bethlehem is for me where the contrast of ancient and modern…

Day 5 with First Lutheran Church

There are moments in every pastor’s life when you sit back and look around and are in awe at what God has done. 3 years ago when I first visited the Holy Land, I knew that God was asking me to work for peace and justice here in this place. I had very little idea what that would…