After Robin and his wife Nancy were married at Christmas Church in Bethlehem in October of 1992, they came up with the idea of creating an International Pilgrimage that would follow in the original footsteps of the Magi, to arrive in Bethlehem in Christmas Day of 2000 to honor Jesus’ 2000th birthday. Both in the U.S. and in the Middle East, they were told by many that such an effort would be impossible. But for the next 8 years Robin and Nancy investigated the situation in Palestine and the other countries in the Middle East that would be involved. With a support crew of 10 International Pilgrims they arrived in Bethlehem in September of 2000 to depart on their Pilgrimage. Unfortunately on September 28th, 2000 the Second Intifada broke out in response to Israel’s invasion of the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The resulting violence threatened to not only cancel our hoped for Pilgrimage, but some were suggesting that Christmas Day in Bethlehem might have to be canceled as well. But on October 7th the entire group of Pilgrims departed for Iraq in hopes that their Pilgrimage could get underway.
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