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E3 Collective Trip to Nazareth and Bethlehem

May 8-25, 2020

Led by Dorothy Jean Weaver, Professor Emerita of New Testament, Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Craig Maven, Lead Pastor, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA

This trip offers you a unique, hands-on opportunity to encounter the land of Jesus’ earthly ministry and relive the stories of Jesus as we together meet, work, and pray with Palestinian Christians. The rhythm of our time together will be a daily rhythm of encounter, work, and prayer. The E3 Collective trip to Nazareth and Bethlehem is an outreach of Virginia Mennonite Missions.

 The goals of this trip are the following:

1) To make personal contacts with Palestinian Christians and churches in Nazareth (Israel) and Bethlehem (Palestine) and to build Christian-to-Christian and church-to-church relationships with Palestinian brothers and sisters in Christ.

2) To provide North American Christians with a clearer perspective on the everyday life
and faith of Palestinian Christians in Israel/ Palestine and the ongoing challenges which they face day-by-day and year-by-year in their search to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

3) To provide practical, hands-on assistance with skilled or unskilled work projects at Nazareth Village, a Christian venture in the town of Nazareth, and at the International Center of Bethlehem, a ministry of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.

4) To provide eyes and ears that will bring the images and the stories of Christians of Nazareth and Bethlehem back to the churches of the Virginia Mennonite Conference and to the wider North American Church.

View trip brochure here: Bethlehem/Nazareth Brochure