Every 10 years the town of Oberammergau, Germany performs a special Passion Play. It
has done so for over 400 years. This is in fulfillment of a vow made in 1633 when they
promised God to do so if spared from the bubonic plague. By law, all the 2,000
performers, musicians and stage technicians must come from this village, or have lived
there for 20 years. The first performance was in 1634. The last opportunity to see it was
2010. The next opportunity is next year, 2020. After that we have to wait for 2030!
About half a million people are expected to attend this event, many like us will be from
various countries around the world.
In addition, during this 10-day trip we will tour sites of the Great Reformation including
the 900 year-old fortress in Coburg where Martin Luther took refuge. We’ll explore
Wittenberg where Luther lived and taught for 36 years and posted The Ninety-five
Theses on the Palace Church door. We’ll visit Luther Halle where Luther lived with his
family and Schlosskirche where he is buried.
In Eisleben we’ll be in the town Luther was born and died, and we’ll visit the St. Petri
Church where he was baptized. We’ll also visit the Luther Family House Museum.
We’ll enjoy a visit to Eisenach where Luther lived during his student days and Wartburg
Castle where he translated the New Testament into German. We’ll see the town of
Worms where Luther was tried in the infamous Diet of Worms.
In addition, we’ll tour the city of Mainz where Johan Gutenberg developed the process of
moveable print leading to the printing press. We’ll go to the Reichstag Museum and
Nuremberg where the famous war trials were held. We’ll visit Munich and Innsbruck
where the Winter Olympic Games have been held two times.
This wonderful trip will be co-led by our dear friends Pastor Carlos and Lisa Sales, who
head a ministry they started called Reaching the Hungry. Carlos also serves as chair of
the Board of Directors for our ministry, Discipleship Journeys with Jesus.
Here are 4 reasons why I think you should go on this trip of a lifetime:
1. The inspiring Passion Play, which we might never get to see again.
This six-hour music and drama performance is very special—the most important Passion
Play in the world.
It is only performed every ten years. This might be our last opportunity to see it!
2. The joy of sharing travel with friends.
Traveling with friends will be wonderful. It increases the enjoyment and enhances the
I love the old saying, “Shared sorrow is half the sorrow and shared joy is twice the joy.”
In addition, you’ll likely make some new friends of those who will be on the trip with us.
3. The inspiration of the life of Martin Luther.
Luther risked everything for Jesus and nearly lost his life in the reforming of the church.
We’ll be inspired by his tremendous efforts and impact as we visit the actual sites of
world-changing history. Few have impacted the world like Luther.
4. The beauty of Bavaria.
I love visiting new and gorgeous places. Most people seem to feel the same.
Furthermore, we’ll be traveling in style in comfortable buses, staying in wonderful hotels,
and eating great food. Such comfort wasn’t even available in Luther’s day.
When you see, touch, taste, smell and otherwise experience new places, it makes an
unforgettable impact. After visiting about 75 countries, I know how true this is.
All the details of the trip (plus a wonderful video) can be found HERE, including a link
By the way, in case you missed it, we have a tremendous pilgrimage to the Holy Land
planned for this coming January and we’d love to have you join us for that!
I hope you’ll join us!
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