Holy Land May 2019 (SOLD OUT)

08 May 2019 to 17 May 2019


Journal

Addressing Safety Concerns for Our May Israel Pilgrims

Last week people were seeing in the news that missiles were flying out of Garza into Israel. It would stand to reason that any pilgrims coming to the Holy Land in the near future would be concerned.

[Update: Sunday afternoon around 4:00 PM Eastern time it has been reported that a ceasefire has been reached.]

[Update: As of Tuesday morning things are quiet on the Gaza front. As is quite usual, these flair ups are local and quickly contained. In southern Israel kids are already back in school.]

[UPDATE: Tuesday evening now in Israel and it’s same old, save old. Everyone is out and about. Streets and shops are full preparing for Independence Day tomorrow. Gaza is not even discussed. Beautiful day.]

Janet and I are writing this to address these concerns. For those of our 53 pilgrims who are arriving in Tel Aviv this week I want to assure you that at this point there are no issues regarding your safety. Janet and I will be arriving in Israel three days ahead of you and I have time to confirm again that it is safe for you to join us.

(MAP: Black circle is Gaza; red circle is the area in the news; we are always above the blue line.)

Gaza as far to the southwest of Israel close to the Sinai Peninsula. It is nowhere near where we will be and none of the missiles are coming anywhere close to our positions.

We are constantly in touch with our agents and people on the ground in Israel and we would never, never ever, take our pilgrims into harms way. If we thought that it was dangerous for you to come, we would cancel the trip in a heartbeat.

However, we are certain that there is no danger for you at this point or at any point during your trip with us. We will be arriving in Israel and will have several days there to confirm that for you. Our contacts and agents in Israel have affirmed again that there is no danger for our pilgrims.

Feel free to write me here in Rome (soon to be in the Holy Land).  I answer emails quickly (when awake) 🙂  I can call if you wish – leave your phone number in an e-mail message and I’ll call you right away as able. My e-mail is sray@me.com.

We look forward to showing you our favorite places in the world – where God walked! We have an exciting surprise too!


About the Pilgrimage

You can view the entire full-length video of the trip below.

Israel Pilgrimage May 2019 from Steve Ray on Vimeo.

This is a beautiful time of the year to tour the Holy Land. Usually warm but not too hot with almost no chance of rain. We have the best Mass sites selected for you and we will visit every Rosary site and pray that Mystery while there. Join us!

Steve and Janet have partnered with the same Catholic Nazarene guide for all their trips over the last decade. Amer is a practicing Catholic and a walking encyclopedia. We consider him the finest Christian guide in the Holy Land–and we are not alone in that assessment. Having a Christian guide is very important.

You’ll enjoy Steve and Janet’s trusted hotels and delicious meals including some amazing dinner experiences away from the typical hotel buffets.

Wine is provided with all dinners along with a wide range of cuisines to experience the Holy Land to it’s fullest.

You will receive their 110-page color handbook, daily YouTube videos so your family and friends can join you virtually every day and a fully edited movie of your trip upon your return home.

Steve personally teaches at the holy sites and shares experiences from over 150 previous trips to Israel and other biblical lands since 1995. We do everything we can to support the local Christians who only make up 1.5% of the population.

Daily Mass at the holiest sites and we pray every Mystery of the Rosary where it took place. Also, pray the Stations of the Cross on the way to Calvary and Mass at the Tomb.

Enjoy a group of like-minded Catholics the from around the country for a marvelous pilgrimage through the land of our Lord and Our Lady.

Our priest will be one of Steve and Janet’s good friends who has joined them on numerous pilgrimages. His name is Fr. Mark Seiker from Nebraska and everyone loves his fine homilies, devout Masses and his personal involvement along the way. (He is one of three priest brothers from his family!!)