Israel Trip Blog

Follow our FUMC friends on their trip to Israel with Pilgrims of Ibillin in October 2019!

Post 15: Our Final Day

Traveler Dick Morgan relates the events of the group’s last day in Israel: a morning communion service in the chapel at the Mar Elias Education Institution in the north, and then traveling to Jaffa and Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. The group enjoyed a beautiful sunset before going to the airport. Click […]

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Post 14: Hope is a Verb

As the trip comes to a close, travelers Deb Gamble & Jayne Smith reflect back over the ups and downs of the past two weeks, and tell with delight about visiting the Mar Elias School. Click HERE to read Deb and Jayne’s blogpost.     Here is another photo from this school visit, this one […]

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Post 12: Official Blotter for Oct 25

This day, as described by Tim and Lisa Otterbacher, included a boat ride on (and putting feet in!) the Sea of Galilee, the Primacy of Peter, and Magdala, believed to be the home of Mary Magdalene. Click HERE to read Tim and Lisa’s full account of this very special day!

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Photos from Our Travelers

Here are some wonderful photos that give us glimpses into the experiences that Anna, Brenda, Celene, and Lisa are having in Israel. Take a look! CLICK on any photo for a closer view. HOVER your mouse over any picture to read its caption.

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Post 11: A Sandwich Day

FUMC member and Office Assistant Anna Schoettle writes about a day with visits to interesting archaeological sites, spending the evening at the Mar Alias School, and a harrowing stop at a checkpoint sandwiched between these events. Click HERE to read Anna’s post about this sandwich day.

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Post 9: To See or Not to See

Traveler Don Schultz writes about walking the Wall in Jerusalem (and seeing thought-provoking street art there), visiting some other well-known sites in the city, and enjoying a special meal prepared by the group’s Palestinian hosts. Click HERE to read Don’s post.

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Post 8: Rami and George

Traveler Mary Beth Byrne writes about meeting Rami and George, a Jewish Israeli man and a Palestinian man who have both had daughters killed in the ongoing violence in Israel. The men are now part of an organization called Parents’ Circle/Bereaved Families organization, which helps families find support and works for peace in the region. […]

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