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Support Our Ukrainian Brothers and Sisters

Supporting Our Ukrainian Brothers and Sisters

We are praying for Ukraine's protection and for God’s continued grace upon them. As you might imagine, the recent events in Ukraine have forced many of our Christian brothers and sisters to flee their homes, separate their families, and lose so much in the process. ...
Why We Go on Pilgrimage Stephen Binz Select International

Why We Go on Pilgrimages

I’ve been leading pilgrimages to sacred places for about 30 years, experiencing the desires that spring up in my own heart and learning the many reasons why people choose to go on a sacred journey. Beginning in the 1990s, I offered trips to biblical lands that would...
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Yearning for Europe: Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria

QUICK NOTE: This post was written during the height of the pandemic when all of Europe was completely shut down. But now that things have opened up, we thought it might be nice to read about and start dreaming about your next trip. THIS WEEK, we have groups in Italy,...
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Churches of Paris: Exploring the History of the City of Lights through its Churches

It almost seems like everywhere you turn in Paris, you can spot a Catholic church. With France’s strong Catholic history, it makes sense that throughout the years, more and more churches have popped up across the city (and the country). With the oldest church dating...
Our First Pilgrims Return to Italy

Travel is Back: Our First Pilgrims Return to Italy

The weeks leading up to August 2, 2021, were filled with news of variants and ever-changing travel requirements. In the midst of the unknown, a group of 18 faithful pilgrims waited to see if their trip would actually be able to travel. There were a lot of thoughts and...

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The God Quest: Faith-Based Travel

Exploring the difference between taking a vacation and making a pilgrimage.

By Denise Bossert

One of my favorite Bible stories comes from the book of Ruth. It is the prototype for all faith travel. It captures the mysterious dynamic of the life-changing pilgrimage experience.

When one stands in Bethlehem and looks out over Shepherds’ Field, the stories rise to the surface and people of faith cannot help but stand in awe, remembering.

Standing there, you remember the angels who sang to shepherds in that field, announcing the Messiah’s arrival, but you also remember the things of the Old Testament: the fall of Jericho and Rahab who helped save God’s people. You think of her son Boaz and Bethlehem where he lived. Your mind goes to Naomi who left Bethlehem and traveled to Moab (Jordan) with her husband during a time of famine and settled there until her husband and both sons died. But mostly, you think of Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law. Ruth provides us with a glimpse into the mystery of pilgrimage, what it is, how it changes us, the gifts it yields.

After Naomi lost her husband and sons, she returned to Bethlehem along with Ruth.

Ruth’s words to Naomi become the mantra of every pilgrim. Ruth looks over her shoulder at what she is leaving behind, and then she locks her eyes on Naomi and says, “Where you go, I will go. Where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”

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