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Israel and Gaza are making the news. I am certain pilgrims will begin to wonder if it is safe to go to the Holy Land.
A few points to relax the fears and apprehensions. Janet and I have been to Israel and the surrounding countries over 130 times and we have seen as much as you can see. We have never felt unsafe or in harm’s way. We are cautious but not fearful and we are watching the current situation closely. We are also keeping in close touch with our friends, contacts and associates on the ground in the Holy Land.
First, this is nothing new. Many times we have been planning a trip and these flare-ups happen with Gaza or Lebanon. Every time it is ended in a matter of days or weeks.
Second, Israel is right now making surgical strikes to eliminate the missiles and their storage. Hamas no longer has Egypt supplying so once Israel incapacitates them it'll be a long time before they can restock.
Third, Gaza is still far removed from holy sites we will visit though so of the rockets are reaching closer to Jerusalem. The missiles are not striking areas that we visit. There have been no casualties in Israel. They have a superb anti-mistake defense system.
Fourth, from time to time the State Department issues or updates Travel Warnings. We have noted that the State Department has not issued a status change since February 3, 2014.
Fifth, we would never take anyone into harm’s way so we're watching this carefully. We will stay in touch. Our trips are still scheduled to depart to go because we expect this to be over soon.
Six, there are never long periods of peace in the Middle East. If people wait for all of the neighbors to be showering rose petals in Israel they will never go to the Holy Land.
So we will pray, watch, be wise, and continue to plan for the pilgrimage. Feel free to call Suzanne 1(313) 744-2530 and ask for my cell phone number if you are registered for an upcoming Holy Land pilgrimage and want to discuss this further. God bless and see you in the Land of our Lord and Lady.
I cannot thank you enough for all you did to make our dream of this pilgrimage a real success. Our prayers really were answered with this very special group of people. Who would have thought we could be so honored with the presence of an Arch Bishop that could add so much to the enjoyment of the trip!!Jim and Cheryl Olszewski
Our video came last Friday, and I must tell you that Cheryl and I while watching had tears in our eyes with a longing to return. It is so amazing to visit the sites again for second time, and to have it be just as special, and in many ways, even better than the first visit. I must tell you that Jesse did a phenomenal and awesome job with the video.