PNG mothers touched by Holy Land trip
By Fr Martin We-en - Aitape
Fifty-four 54 Papua New Guinea pilgrims, mostly mothers, travelled to the Holy Land in late October and early November 2013 as the Year of Faith was coming to a close. Via Singapore and the Sri Lankan capital Colombo they arrived in Amman, Jordan where they crossed over to Israel by land.
They drove through the Jordan Valley and arrived at Jericho on the way to Jerusalem, passing through the Good Samaritan place, and then to Bethlehem. All in all they spent three nights in the town where Jesus was born, two in Jerusalem and two in Nazareth in the north, travelling every day to the most relevant places of Jesus life and ministry: the Garden of Olives, the Upper Room, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Crucifixion and Burial sites, the Nativity Church, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and many more.
At times the pilgrims were moved to tears recalling the deeds of Jesus in the different places. Their faith was strengthened by this pilgrimage as they could see and experience the hand of God working among them in various ways. Some of them got sick at times, had sores and malaria attacks but always were promptly healed. It was a group with members of different Christian denominations, such as Lutherans and Pentecostals, but all cooperated well.
Back in Port Moresby they celebrated a thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph parish in Boroko and thanked the local parish priest and their own families for supporting the pilgrimage and making it a success.