Hiking the Jesus Trail

Jesus_Trail_group_viewThis week, 3 hikers from the US are part of a group hiking the Jesus Trail as a fundraiser to support the Chaplaincy Department of the Nazareth Hospital.

Nazareth Project board member Bruce Stauffer arrived in Israel last week to join Ernie and Lois Hess who had been volunteering at the Hospital for 6 weeks.

Check the Nazareth Project Facebook page this week for more pictures and when the hikers return, we’ll be posting stories/pictures here and on Facebook.


Salim Munayer speaks on reconciliation

Salim Munayer, founder and director of Musalaha, a non-profit organization that promotes reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, is giving several public talks in Lancaster County from Feb. 16-26.  Eastern Mennonite Missions is the sponsoring organization for this tour and they have offered the Nazareth Project the opportunity to share information at some of the events.


Feb 16 Mellinger Mennonite Church (1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, Pa.)
   9 a.m. Sunday school: The growth of the church among Arabs and Jews
   10 a.m. sermon: The gospel of reconciliation in divided Israel/Palestine
James Street Mennonite Church (323 W. James St., Lancaster, Pa.)
   6 p.m. discussion: A Palestinian Christian’s struggle for peace and reconciliation
Feb 17 Mountville Mennonite Church (205 Froelich Ave., Mountville, Pa.)
   7 p.m.: The story of an ambassador of reconciliation in Israel/Palestine
Feb 22 On radio station WDAC at 10:30 a.m.
Eastern Mennonite Seminary at Garden Spot Village (433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, Pa.)
   7 p.m.: Salim’s story: ambassador for reconciliation in Israel/Palestine
Feb 23 Mount Joy Mennonite Church (320 Musser Road, Mount Joy, Pa.)
   9 a.m. Sunday school: The growth of the church among Arabs and Jews
   10:15 a.m. sermon: The gospel of reconciliation in divided Israel/Palestine
   12:30 p.m.: Brown bag luncheon (coffee, tea, and water provided)
   1 p.m. discussion: A Palestinian Christian’s reflections on the role of Israel in God’s grand plan
Feb 24 Messiah College (1 College Avenue, Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
   7:00 p.m. lecture: The Gospel of Reconciliation in Divided Israel/Palestine
Feb 25
Elizabethtown College (1 Alpha Dr., Elizabethtown, Pa.)
   7 p.m. lecture at the Young Center: Desert safaris for Palestinian-Israeli reconciliation
Feb 26 New Holland Spanish Mennonite Church/Jesucristo es el Señor (24 N. Roberts Ave., New Holland, Pa.)
   7 p.m.: The life story of an ambassador of reconciliation in Israel/Palestine (with translation into Spanish) / Historia de vida de un embajador de la reconciliación en Israel/Palestina (con traducción al español)

Lancaster Newspaper features “Jesus Trail” hike & fundraiser

Recently, a Lancaster journalist stopped by The Nazareth Project office to learn more about our work and mission and to meet Bruce Stauffer, the member of our board who plans to hike the Jesus Trail next spring.

Read the article, “Hiking for Nazareth”.

Walking the Jesus TrailFrom Capernaum to Nazareth, the forty mile hike will take place along the Jesus Trail. A geographer by training, Bruce is eager to experience the changing terrain as he ascends from the Sea of Galilee to Nazareth.

Bruce will join other international supporters of Nazareth Hospital EMMS on the hike to raise funds for the chaplaincy department. The 2014 hike marks the Fiftieth anniversary of the hospital chapel building and the goal is to raise $40,000. Support raised will go toward hiring a part-time assistant chaplain and to fund the chaplaincy’s ongoing programs throughout the hospital.