“Seeing is believing”. We encourage everyone to visit the Holy Land, pray with the local community at the Sunday Service, visit a school or children’s home, be among the Christians living their daily lives and share with them support and friendship. They will then know they are not alone.
Pilgrimages should benefit the fragile local Christian economy whenever possible, staying in Christian-owned hotels, with at least two nights in Bethlehem, using Christian-owned restaurants and coach companies and Christian guides. This cannot be left to chance. Ensure your pilgrimage operator has the proven credentials, contacts and experience to support Christian suppliers in the Holy Land. Many do not consider this dimension to pilgrimage.
We have experienced people in the UK and the Holy Land who can help you plan and organise Diocesan or Parish Pilgrimages or small private groups. Our itineraries make it possible for you to meet the local Christians in the Holy Land.
Right at the start of planning a pilgrimage, time should be built into the timetable to meet local Christian families and communities. Why not include FHL projects such as St. Martha’s House and the School of Joy, a school of young people with special needs. Arrangements can be made for groups of any size, though there might be restrictions on certain days of the week; hence the importance of early planning. The opportunity to speak with members of the local Christian community live longest in the memories of returning pilgrims.