Oberammergau 2020

Oberammergau’s Passion Play theatre, photo by Robin Zebrowski cc-by-nc 2.0

The World Famous Oberammergau Passion Play is next performing in 2020. This play, performed every 10 years, is fulfilling the village’s promise to God made in 1634.

Many of my friends are asking if I plan to take any tours to see the play. Currently I have 2 tours planned:

May 21-31, 2020: Explore the Alps Tour: Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Germany including Oberammergau

My friend Lorne Smith will be joining me and serving as storyteller on this tour. The focus will be on history and culture. Some of the experiences on this tour include:

  • the fantastic scenery of the Swiss Alps as we travel the Cable car at Erlenbach, Switzerland
  • visit South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to visit Otzi the Ice Man in Italy
  • an evening Tyrolean Folk Cultural show in Innsbruck, Austria
  • visit Sound of Music country and the church in Mondsee, Austria where the wedding scene was filmed

September 15-28: Holy Land Tour including Oberammergau

My friend Pastor Henry Detweiler will be joining me in tour leadership. The first two days of the tour will be spent in Oberammergau. Can you imagine how meaningful the tour will be after experiencing Jesus’ story so vividly? We will experience the Passion Play and then travel to the Holy Land where we will walk the Jesus Trail in Galilee, visit the Mount of the Beautitudes, as well as visit other cities central to Jesus’s life (Nazareth, Caesarea, Bethlehem and Jerusalem).

Our home away from home in Oberammergau, Hotel Turmwirt

Both tours include two nights at beautiful Hotel Turmwirt where we will be hosted by the Glas Family as we deepen our faith by observing the Passion Play.

For more information and tour details, including pricing, please write to wilmerraymartin-(at)-outlook.com  A $500 deposit per person will reserve your place on a tour.  Make your check/cheque payable to W.J.Martin Developments Inc. and mail to 1501-144 Park St. Waterloo, Ont N2L 0B6

I hope you are able to join me one of these exciting tours.

~ Wilmer

Chicago, Illinois

Nazareth Village
Nazareth Village

During the last two days, the Miracle of Nazareth International Foundation Inc. met at the O’Hare Renaissance Hotel in Chicago. It is very exciting to see how Nazareth Village has grown as a ministry over the last several years. It is staying true to its primary mission, “to create a living presentation of the life, times and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth for all peoples of the world.” Christian tourists and pilgrims come from all over the world to reconnect with their faith through the biblical story. At Nazareth Village they find the teachings of Jesus come to life through the Parable Walk.

At the end of the Parable Walk where they have seen shepherds with their flock, a women weaving yarn, a farmer repairing his tools and a first-century synagogue, they visit the restaurant where they enjoy a first-century menu. They enjoy the type of meal Jesus would have enjoyed. It makes me hungry telling you about the food.

More than 3 million visitors toured the State of Israel last year. We are pleased that more than 60,000 of them visited the re-created first-century Nazareth Village last year.  Christian pilgrims came from USA, Russia and other countries such as France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, The Netherlands, Brazil and Spain.

We are grateful our executive director Maha and her team work hard welcoming these Christian pilgrims, evangelical visitors, Israeli families and school groups. Nazareth Village is the Number 1 tourist destination in Northern Israel. It is also promoted by The Israeli Tourist Board through their offices around the world.

Wilmer with the Zooks - Grandpa Daryl with Granddaughter Peanut
Wilmer with the Zooks – Grandpa Daryl with Granddaughter Peanut

If you have never had the privilege of visiting Nazareth Village on a Holy Land tour, now would be a good time to arrange a visit. I never get tired of visiting the Holy Land and spending time at Nazareth Village. In the photo you see me picking olives with members of the Zook Family last fall. Each year Maha says, “Wilmer, you and TourMagination need to be sure to have a group here to help harvest the olives. 2015 was a great year for our olives. The Zook family certainly enjoyed their day at Nazareth Village.”

Contact TourMagination at office@tourmagination.com to arrange your pilgrimage.

~ Wilmer Martin