When we lead people in Pilgrimages to lands of the Bible we like to have a little fun. Instead of David Letterman’s top 10 list, we figure 10 Commandments are more fitting. These are an adapted version of our ten commandments for pilgrimages. These are light hearted but following them will make this a more enjoyable experience for everyone, no matter who you are with:
- Thou Shalt Not be concerned about titles or positions. Let’s take the liberty to call each other by first names. (which means that wearing our name tags at all times will be important, please).
- Thou Shalt Not be uptight about being in a different culture with different foods or etiquette.
- Thou Shalt Not be uncomfortable. The climates change as we change altitudes on our trips so dress accordingly. Please also dress comfortably and casually. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Thou Shalt Not wander off on your own or dawdle.
- Thou Shalt Not be uptight about people’s spiritual expression will be during communion or other Christian practices. Let’s please agree that we will allow freedom in this area. Let’s also agree that people’s preferences during communion will be respected as some may prefer grape juice, some may prefer wine and some may choose not to partake.
- Thou Shalt Not be bothered if some people try a local wine at a meal or if people refrain. We are very confident that with the great group of people coming along that people will not be abusive of this freedom.
- Thou Shalt Not whine. (Remember this contributed to the Israelites being stuck in the desert for 40 years and we’d hate to leave you in the wilderness – just kidding – sort of)
- Thou Shalt Not be cheap. Let’s tip our drivers, guides, waitstaff when appropriate.
- Thou Shalt Not be uptight about people’s different worship expressions. Some will be very expressive and others will be more reserved.
- Thou Shalt Not forget to take photos, or tell others what a great time you are having via email or Facebook
When we all join in together as one family and follow these 10 Commandments our pilgrimage experience will be even better than imaged.