In 1880-1881, five wagon trains of Mennonites left European Russia and headed east to Central Asia along the famous Silk Road. Seeking freedom from conscription and new economic opportunities, this group went east instead of west to North America as 18,000 did a decade earlier. In the last decade, new details of the Great Trek have emerged in the remarkable Silk Road cities of Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara. Amidst the splendor of the Islamic architecture and often mountainous landscape, the Mennonite Great Trek story will emerge through journals and letters of trekkers, archival documents, and current reflections. Tour leader John Sharp is a retired college history and Bible professor whose passion for and knowledge of the Mennonite Great Trek along the Silk Road will give you valuable insight into this chapter of Mennonite history. John has led several five tours to Central Asia and has forged relationships with locals in Central Asia who will give you insight into Uzbek life and culture.
On this 9-day tour, explore the natural wonders of Malaysia – see unusual wildlife like orangutans, sun bears, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, and pygmy elephants. Enjoy relaxing on multiple river safaris on the Kinabatangan River. In Sepilok, enjoy visiting rehabilitated orangutans and seeing the worlds smallest bears. Spend one night on Libaran Island to learn more about sea turtle conservation program. Then fly to Kuala Lumpur – take a tour of the city to see some of the historical landmarks. This tour is for the nature lover who also wants a taste of culture, and would rather spend time at a jungle resort than a luxury hotel.
Beautiful beaches, stunning temples, mouth-watering food, spectacular dance, exquisite art – you can experience it all on this tour of Indonesia. On this tour you get immersed in the culture of Bali – visit with locals, take in art galleries and temples, visit an eco-park that supports endangered elephants, and watch two amazing dance shows. Then fly to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, to learn about Indonesia’s independence and explore this busy city. This tour is compatible with MWC Assembly Gathered.
The Kingdom of Thailand is filled with Buddhist temples, gorgeous beaches, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. On this 8-day tour, get to know Thailand’s history, culture, and friendly people. During a city tour of Bangkok, see its three most important Buddhist temples, the Grand Palace, and a precious gem factory. Outside the city, visit a railway market and a floating market. Fly to Chiang Rai to explore scenery and sights near the “Golden Triangle” at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers, where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. On an excursion outside Chiang Mai, meet some indigenous White Hmong people in their village. Cap off this travel experience at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary to see these beautiful creatures surrounded by pristine scenery. Tour leaders Fred & Shirley Redekop lived and worked in Thailand with Mennonite Central Committee.