Two thousand years ago when the original wise men came from the east they brought with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to honor a king. In the same way the modern Magi brought gifts of good will with them to honor the same King: In reaching out to individuals along the way, standing in solidarity with our brethren, and helping to build and encourage the communities we passed through.
In cooperation with churches and local communities all along the ancient route of the Magi, tangible expressions of peacemaking, community building and hope have been sowed. These gifts of the Magi are intended as a legacy of peace and hope to honor Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Each day of the journey has been dedicated to these gifts, in an effort to improve the lives of suffering people throughout the lands of the Bible—where the message of a kingdom of peace was first heard 2000 years ago.
Some examples of the Gifts of the Magi—
- Iran: The Armenian Orthodox Church is seeking to provide shelter for refugees from Armenia displaced by regional conflicts.
- Iraq: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Baghdad is seeking to provide medical equipment and supplies to local medical clinic serving a poor neighborhood near their church.
- Syria: The Middle East Council of Churches is seeking to provide an improved well for the village of Hafar, so the village can renew it's once thriving agricultural industry.
- Jordan: Questscope International is seeking to provide a job training center to serve women from poor villages in the Jordan valley.
- Israel: World Vision International is seeking to provide day care centers for Jewish and Palestinian women, following the model of another day care currently being run jointly by a Jewish and Palestinian family.
- Palestine: Holy Land Trust-Palestine is working around the clock on various projects to help the beleaguered people of Palestine, and to bring about a real, lasting and just peace.