Nelson KraybillNelson Kraybill is pastor at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana, and president of Mennonite World Conference. He taught high school in Puerto Rico, pastored a church in Vermont (1983-1987), was program director at the London Mennonite Centre in England (1991-1996), and served as president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (1997-2009).  A frequent speaker in congregational and conference settings, Nelson has taught widely on issues of mission, allegiance, early church and the book of Revelation. He received a PhD in New Testament from Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Virginia and is author of the book Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics and Devotion in the Book of Revelation (Brazos: 2010). He and his wife Ellen are parents of two adult daughters. Follow Nelson’s blog of pictures and commentary on biblical sites at www.peace-pilgrim.com


2023 Journey of Hope: Jordan, Israel, Palestine Biblical Tour

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Celebrate God’s faithfulness as you visit biblical sites with a worshiping band of pilgrims who seek the peacemaking way of Jesus. Follow the Israelites’ route to Canaan and see fabulous ruins of Petra. Stand atop Mt. Nebo from which Moses viewed the land and descend to the Jordan where Joshua parted waters. Walk where John baptized and climb to the fortress where he died. Sing carols at Bethlehem, pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, go to the Upper Room, and share communion at a first-century garden tomb. Explore Nazareth where Jesus was raised, hear beatitudes on a hill next to Capernaum, and ascend to heights of Masada. Renew your commitment to mission at Caesarea where Peter shared the gospel with a centurion. Nelson Kraybill will guide this journey with pastoral sensitivity and reflection on current justice issues.

2023 Bread for the Journey: Egypt

Visit magnificent ancient sites that reveal why Egypt was such a significant Middle Eastern power in the Bible. Central themes of this tour include: escape from slavery in Egypt, sojourn in the wilderness, and movement into the Promised Land. Hear stories of Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses and Miriam, and the Israelites in the lands where biblical events happened. Learn how Hebrew prophets viewed Egypt, why Jewish and early Christian communities flourished and sometimes suffered there. Also taste the vibrance of modern Egypt on a tour of Cairo that includes visits to Coptic Christian and Islamic sections of Egypt’s capital. In Jordan, follow the route of Israelites on their way to Canaan all the way to Mount Nebo where Moses surveyed the land he could not enter. See Petra, the ancient Nabatean trading city carved in stone, and tour astonishing desert landscape along the route of the Israelites. Celebrate the life of Ruth as we travel through her homeland of Moab, and hear the story of Balaam unexpectedly blessing the Israelites. Experience all this with a band of pilgrims who worship, eat, learn and travel together on a journey that will change how you read the Bible.

2023 Bread for the Journey: Jordan Extension

After discovering the histories and cultures of Egypt, continue your journey to Jordan. Follow the route of Israelites on their way to Canaan all the way to Mount Nebo where Moses surveyed the land he could not enter. See Petra, the ancient Nabatean trading city carved in stone, and tour the astonishing desert landscape along the route of the Israelites. Celebrate the life of Ruth as we travel through her homeland of Moab, and hear the story of Balaam unexpectedly blessing the Israelites. Experience all this with a band of pilgrims who worship, eat, learn and travel together on a journey that will change how you read the Bible.