Sponsored by Pilgrims of Ibillin,
led by Joan Deming
The May Living Stones trip, with 11 intrepid travelers, began in Bethlehem Tuesday May 16! The three most recent posts to our blog are just below on this page. Click here to check out our full blog for this trip.
Our May 16-29 pilgrimage days flew rapidly. We met people every day whose ability to remain hopeful amazed us, who brought us to sights and insights that expanded our worldview and our hearts.
While our group was not great at blogging, we were truly great of heart. Pilgrims of Ibillin's Facebook page has photos and commentary from every day of the trip. If you're a Facebook user, please "like" our page at https://www.facebook.com/pilgrimsofibillin/.
If you like what you've seen from this trip, please consider joining us this fall: http://www.livingstonespilgrimage.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Itinerary-Oct-2017.pdf.
Here's a collection of photos from the last part of our tour:
Sunday was simply a lovely day, a break from the intensity of the past week, and a chance to renew and refresh. We got to have a leisurely morning before attending worship at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem where we were warmly welcomed as "frequent visitors."
A quick return to the hotel to change clothes, and we headed to Qumran for lunch and to explore Qumran, the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, 1900-ish years after they were stashed in clay pots for safekeeping by the Essene Community.
Last act of the afternoon was swimming (well, floating) in the Dead Sea. Everyone who swam loved it, and the ones who didn't took photos.
We closed the day with a stop at Wadi Qelt where we imagined ourselves into the Good Samaritan story (read for us by Alycia) and enjoyed the desert views, gale-force winds notwithstanding. Usama's family joined us for the whole afternoon, and it was great to spend it with them.
It's sad to think of leaving our Bethlehem home tomorrow. We have loved the kindness and hospitality of everyone in our Holy Land Hotel home.
We spent the morning in Hebron, afternoon at Tent of Nations, and early evening with George Sa'adeh and Rami Elhanan of the Bereaved Families Circle. Words fail. Maybe pictures will hint at today's powerful experiences. Check out Pilgrims of Ibillin's Facebook Page for more photos and caption-descriptions of a full, challenging, inspiring day: https://www.facebook.com/pilgrimsofibillin/. While you are there, please "like" our page!