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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!!
The Journey to Bethlehem has spanned nine years of planning and presenting. Throughout this time, God has continually blessed the ministry and its purpose of reminding all who come that the truth of Christmas is Christ. J2B has had an enormous impact on our community. It has witnessed to over 20,000 people. The body of Christ (area churches) have been united to work together for the glory of Jesus Christ, and people have been brought to remembrance of why we celebrate Christmas.
However, the harsh weather, particularly last year, and six years of setting up and taking down the set have taken a severe toll on its condition, and it is in real need of repair, rebuilding and repainting. This is not insurmountable, but will take planning and time. We feel to do it with care, excellence and safety, it will take much more time than we have this fall.
After much prayer and listening to God's leading, we feel that the ministry of J2B needs a period of refreshing, rebuilding and renewal, a Sabbath. We have had 6 years of service, a time of rest is needed, a Sabbath, in this 7th year. Therefore, we are suspending J2B for 2018 and looking forward to 2019. This has been an extremely difficult decision, but we feel certain that this is God's plan for what now, at this time, is best for the Journey to Bethlehem ministry.
Shalom and God Bless!!!
What is The Journey to Bethlehem?
Imagine making the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did for the purpose of the census. You will step back in time to Bethlehem, a living, interactive re-creation of the town as it appeared over 2,000 years ago. On your outdoor, guided journey, you will encounter shepherds, magi, townspeople, livestock and an imposing Imperial Roman army. You will visit the inn, be turned away, and pointed in the direction of the stable where the most precious gift of Christmas lay, the Christ Child.
Join us as numerous area churches, in partnership with Love In Action, present the journey to the stable this Christmas.