After breakfasting in our new place and then meeting with Janet to be briefed on the more volatile environment we find ourselves in the West Bank, we climbed aboard our bus only to be waved through our first checkpoint (several blocks from the hotel) on our way to Jerusalem…for now
This morning, following breakfast, our group gave a standing ovation for Asmahan, our housekeeper and excellent cook. We then hauled all luggage to the bus and departed by 8:30 a.m. – a full ten minutes ahead of schedule. Before departure we also gave a heartfelt good-bye to Michael Chacour (Micha),
As usual we started our day with a 7:00am breakfast, preparing for the 8:00am work session which began with Michael Chacour (Micha), the executive manager at Mar Elias. He met with our VIM team and divided us into several groups. Group A: Archeological diggers hauled rock from a lot in
We spent this gorgeous, summery day with thousands (maybe tens of thousands!) of other tourists up on the Sea of Galilee, experiencing the traditional site of the miracle of Jesus of the loaves and fishes at the Tagbha Church, then the church commemorating where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the
Greetings from Mar Elias Educational Institutions (which is a UM Board of Global Ministries Advance Project) in Ibillin in Lower Galilee! We are so grateful for our team of Janet Lahr Lewis and Elias Ghareeb who met us with a bus and great welcome as we wearily emerged from customs
Free-trade, organic Palestinian Olive Oil will be on sale in the Commons this Sunday, October 2. Profits from these sales go to support projects that the Volunteer in Mission team to the Holy Land will be visiting during their upcoming trip. “Shares” in the trip will also be available –
This Sunday, September 18, the Global Mission Committee and UMVIM team to Palestine/Israel will be offering tastings – and selling fair-trade Palestinian olive oil in the Commons after church. “Shares” in the trip will also be available. Stop by and support mission projects in the Holy Land!!
On October 22, 2011, 21 people will travel to Tel Aviv to begin the experience of a lifetime. This United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) team from Portland First UMC will include members of at least five Portland area churches, some of whom are veteran travelers and at least one