For some, the words “Holy Land” evoke an image of Biblical times – Jesus preaching in Galilee, shepherds tending flocks, fishermen fishing for food – and for men. For others, the words bring up a vivid image of modern times – complete with conflict and “separation walls.” The Global Mission committee would like to offer the opportunity for those interested to visit Palestine/Israel and to see for themselves the beauty and heartache of this troubled, yet magical place. A United Methodist Volunteer in Mission team is being formed to visit the Holy Land October 22 – November 5, 2011. The trip will be led by Dee Poujade, co-chair of the Global Mission committee and veteran of six UMVIM trips, and will be hosted by Janet Lahr Lewis, First UMC covenant missionary in the Holy Land.
The trip will include visits to such locales as the Old City of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum and the Mt. of Beatitudes, as well as opportunities to meet with Palestinian Christians and members of Jewish and Muslim groups who are working together toward peace in the Middle East. There will also be a work project commensurate with the abilities and interests of group participants (possibly helping with the olive harvest.)
On January 16, 2011, following the church service, an informational meeting will be held in the Fireside Room. Attendance at this meeting does not obligate anyone to participate in the trip; however, those attending will have the first opportunity to sign up for what promises to be a life-changing experience. Estimated cost of the trip is $3,000, which will include round-trip airfare from Portland to Tel Aviv, as well as accommodations and meals while in Palestine/Israel. Anyone who would like additional information can contact Dee Poujade.