Pray for Peace in the Holy Land – Harvest Journeys

Pray for Peace

In the Holy Land

Pray for Peace in the Holy Land

Dear Pilgrims

We invite you to join us in prayer for peace in the Holy Lands of Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

We continue to closely monitor the situation which is devastating on every front and pray for all peoples in the region, especially our Christian brothers and sisters, as well as the innocent civilians caught up in the tragedy of war.

May Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us.

24 May 2024

All Holy Land Pilgrimages Postponed

Due to the ongoing war in Israel, all Holy Land pilgrimages for 2024 have been put on hold. It is not yet clear when they will resume, however we hope to revive the practice of walking in the footsteps of Jesus as soon as it is safe.

For centuries pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land have provided sustenance to the local Christian communities (the ‘living stones’), who are now in the minority and regularly face persecution. In turn, the Christian communities living in the Holy Land have provided hospitality to pilgrims and importantly, upkept and maintained the holy sites. Without the Christian community, the holy sites would not remain open, and without pilgrims, the Christian communities would struggle to maintain their presence. So, our patronage is very important.

Part of the rebuilding of the country will be the resumption of the much-needed tourism industry, and Harvest hopes to be a part of that. We recognise our dual responsibility to ensure the utmost safety and well-being of our pilgrims and to contribute to the flourishing of the Christian communities and ongoing legacy of the sacred sites of the Holy Land.

Those wishing to be among the first to resume travel and support the Holy Land, please express your interest here. Pilgrimages to other destinations such as Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey, Eastern Europe and more, are available and will proceed, so please feel free to enquire with us about future departures. Our 2024/25 catalogue is available and can be viewed here.

The Holy Land is our most popular destination, and it is particularly disappointing for those who have their hearts set on walking in the footsteps of Jesus at this time. Please join us in praying for a speedy resolution to this tragic conflict and for all people both in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories. We especially pray for peace in these troubled and sacred lands.

Thank you for your prayers.

In the peace of Christ

Selina Hasham
Chief Executive Officer
Harvest Journeys

Travel Update

Emergency Situation in Israel

Update: 11 October 2023 

We are pleased to report that all our pilgrims who were on pilgrimage in the Holy Land at the time of the conflict, have now been safely exited out of Israel. Some are continuing with alternative pilgrimages and others are on their way directly home.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), have been briefed since Sunday of the whereabouts of all our pilgrims and have now been advised of the ongoing travel routes of our groups.

For those pilgrims booked on upcoming Holy Land pilgrimages, we are the process of communicating with you about the status of your pilgrimage. These are being processed in date order, and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Thank you for the many friends and supporters of Harvest who have been praying for the safety of our pilgrims. Together, we continue to pray for a speedy resolution to this tragic conflict and for all people both in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories. We especially pray for peace in these troubled and sacred lands.

Update: 10 October 2023 

Following the escalation of the crisis in Israel, we have been in the process of ensuring the well-being of our pilgrims in the region and moving them to safety. As of today, we plan that all of our pilgrims will have safely exited Israel.

We have also diverted groups that had departed before the conflict and were due to enter Israel, to alternative itineraries in the pathways of St Paul through Greece and Turkey, or to other pilgrimage destinations in Europe.

There are many pilgrims due to depart in the coming weeks and months on various groups, and we are assessing each departure in date order. Thank you for your patience as we attempt to communicate with you all regarding the status of your pilgrimage.

We continue to closely monitor the situation in Israel and pray for a speedy and peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Update: 08 October 2023

Over the past 24 hours we have been learning about the emergency situation that is unfolding in Israel following the escalation of conflict in the region. Like many of you, we are watching closely and have concern for all people in the Middle East affected by the violence. 

We currently have four pilgrimage groups in the Holy Land. Yesterday we were in immediate contact with our operators on the ground along with our group leaders to make certain of the welfare and safety of our pilgrims – all of whom are safe and accounted for. We are working with our teams on the ground and receiving updates from our local operators to ensure that we are getting the latest news as things develop. 

At the time of publishing this message, the Director General of the Ministry of Tourism in Israel advised that tourists should stay in their hotels, and touring should be avoided. We ask all our pilgrims in the region to comply with this requirement and stay in their hotel until the situation is assessed and it is safe to venture out. We do not know how long this advice will be in place and await further notice. 

We currently have a Harvest Manager on location working to keep in close communications with the group leaders and to keep the pilgrims informed. The safety of our pilgrims is our top priority, and we thank you for your patience as we gather additional information that has been tested from a number of sources. 

We are working on evacuation plans for those groups in Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee and potential alternative travel plans for those in Jordan who were scheduled to enter Israel in the coming days. Each pilgrim’s travel insurance may assist if early exit options and costs become a necessity (subject to policy coverage). 

We have been in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and have advised them of our pilgrims’ details, including their current location in Israel. DFAT has suggested that visitors in Israel keep in contact with friends and family if they are concerned for your safety, and to keep an eye on latest news and updates. 

Pilgrimages to the Holy Land scheduled to depart Australia this week have been postponed due to these events beyond our control, the emergency situation in Israel and the advice from the Israel Ministry of Tourism to temporarily stop touring until the situation becomes more certain.  

Our priority right now is the safety of our pilgrims who are either in Israel or currently on their way.  

Over the past 35 years of Harvest sending pilgrims to the Holy Land, we have experienced occasional flare-ups and conflicts in the region, and they have usually lasted a few days and then resolved. Sometimes, the conflicts have endured longer, and we cannot be sure how long this one will last.  

Please join us in prayers for a speedy resolution to this tragic conflict and for all those affected by loss and inconvenience both in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories. We especially pray for our valued pilgrims, chaplains, guides and staff caught up in the reality of this troubled and sacred land. 

Please stay up to date with travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade here:  

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories Travel Advice & Safety | Smartraveller 

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