On Monday Kailey and Michaela and I will join Yella!, a three week middle eastern study tour sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Ontario and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.  We are all getting excited, packing suitcases and/or backpacks, wondering what adventures are in store for us.

The group will be posting pretty regularly on a blog, you are welcome to follow along to see what we are doing. See below.  We’ll be land in Tel Aviv, but we are getting whisked away almost immediately to Nazareth.  Nazareth!  We’ll be hiking around parts of the Sea of Galilee, walking where Jesus walked on the Jesus Trail.  We’ll be spending time in Bethelehem and in Jerusalem.  it’s tremendously exciting!

And we’ll be doing all this with twelve young adults, a leader on staff from MCCO, two pastors (myself and Alissa Bender, pastor at Hamilton Mennonite Church), and a professor of Bible, Derek Suderman, who teaches at Conrad Grebel College.  The young adults are from all over, getting to know them will be a big part of our trip. We invite you to pray for us and for our tour; for safety, for open minds to hear what is said to us, and open eyes to absorb what is not being said in words!


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