Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

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Welcome to the ihs website!

In His Steps is making the living witness of Jesus more evident in the Holy Land by developing meaningful relations between American churches, Middle East indigenous churches, and Interfaith partners, in peacemaking pilgrimages to the Holy Land. A primary goal is to connect the American Christian community through tours of awareness, as well as medical missions, in the Middle East. Pilgrimages in the Holy Land, and walking in the footsteps of Jesus, are transformational. Everyone who takes this journey comes away with a deeper understanding of their own faith. The model that Jesus gave us affects how we act. It is our response, through actions, that really are the next steps which must be taken.

ihs offers a venue through which to respond to the needs of daily life of oppressed people in Palestine and Israel. Projects are developed within the local communities through which individuals and faith communities can provide humanitarian assistance, which in turn strengthens the indigenous communities, helping them to heal and thrive in peace. Through the years, we have been blessed to not only tour the Holy Land and observe it's beauty, but to take part in a Disabilities Campaign, a Breast Cancer Awareness Program, as well as work with a rehabilitation team for those in need.

Please allow us to introduce you to not only the culture of the area through our monthly features, book suggestions / reviews, but for upcoming opportunities to follow in the steps of Jesus, both literally and figuratively...

  • I worked as the triage nurse.  The first clinic we worked was so packed with people that it was overwhelming.  They were trying to push to the front of the crowd because they wanted to make sure they would be seen by the doctor and get the medicine they needed...what I realized most was that the people came with so many health issues that were out of our ability to help them...they were looking for a miracle.  Yet, they were just so happy that we foreigners were there, helping them.  It seemed to give them hope...hope that they haven't been forgotten.
    - Lily, RN
  • Boarded the bus at 8:15am to go to the Church of the Annunciation, which is the largest Christian church in the Arab world.  Both inside and outside the church are absolutely stunning - mosaics from countries all over the world.  On to the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus spoke to his disciples. It is looking over the Sea of Galilee. We then visited Tabtha, the place where Jesus fed the 5,000. In the front of the church are oil presses from the 1st century.  Next, a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; wind was light, sea clear green.
    - Joan, Awareness Tour Participant
  • After lunch in Old Jerusalem, we walked to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  What an interesting building!  So many different Christian sects lay claim to parts and pieces of it that 2 Muslim families keep the keys (and the peace).  We then continued our walking tour down the Via Dolorosa, taking the Stations of the Cross in reverse order from 14 to 1.  When we came to the end we turned around and did it 1 to 14.  This time we were following a group of Pilgrims carrying the cross and stopping to worship at every station.  Quite an experience!
    - Barbara, NJIPEG

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Mara l'il Mara (Woman to Woman)

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In His Steps: Pathways of Peace is thankful for those who supported this project with their generous donations. However, the project is on-going and continues to need support. Whatever you can spare would be greatly appreciated, as we continue to bring workshops and the necessary healthcare to those in need. Make a donation with the button below, and as always, thank you for supporting such a worthy cause.

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IHS Breast Cancer in Palestine Project

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among Palestinian women in the West Bank and is an urgent public health problem. According to data collected at one of the main referral centers approximately 70% of Palestinian women who come for treatment are already in Stage III or Stage IV, incurable. There are confirmed reports of young girls with late stage breast cancer but insufficient, unreliable data to address possible causes. Due to late diagnosis and limited access to quality treatment, many Palestinian women who are diagnosed decline treatment altogether, opting instead to spend their remaining time with family.

IHS Mara l’il Mara Breast Cancer Project supports women taking this sensitive issue into their own hands.  This grassroots program trains women to work within their villages in the best way possible and they are already making headway in this crisis situation.  Please help them build on this pilot program with a strategy that has already been successful in reaching women with an earlier diagnosis and helping them get the treatment they need.

In His Steps: Pathways of Peace is a U.S. nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian assistance to meet critical needs in Palestine through collaborative efforts with doctors, nurses, and therapists working in Palestine with medical centers in the U.S. to offer specialized training and equip local practitioners.
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The button below takes you to the 'Our Stories' page.  Taylor, a recent visitor to Palestine, experienced firsthand those involved in this project.  Please read the Breast Cancer Project - Bringing People Together article, a story of those who are trying to make a difference.

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The following video was made by some of our talented and dedicated volunteers.