Dear Magdala Family,
A few months have passed since our last newsletter, but I trust that you have been able to follow some of the latest developments of Magdala through our new online programming and latest Pilgrimage of Grace.
Our latest virtual pilgrimage was an outpouring of God´s grace from all perspectives. After a two-year hiatus, we began to see some of the Holy Sites once more filled with pilgrims. We welcomed new team members and volunteers in Magdala who had been unable to come due to the pandemic, and once more, we were able to hear and see how God was acting in each of your hearts as you followed along with us on our virtual pilgrimage.
Thank you for your constant support and prayers as we continue our media ministry.
In late March, Israel removed Corona imposed restrictions on entering the country; I am happy to share that pilgrims are returning to the Holy Land, and these past weeks, we have seen once more over 1000 pilgrims come through Magdala. It is exciting to see in person how God makes his presence felt as pilgrims walk where Jesus taught.
This has come with some logistical and operational challenges as the hospitality and tourism industry in Israel is facing some staff shortages. Nonetheless, our team on site is doing its best to welcome each pilgrim with a smiling face and offer them the best possible experience. We ask for your continued prayers as we develop our visitor infrastructure in Magdala and train and develop our on-site staff.
We have seen many tragic events occur in the past months and days, from the war in Ukraine to upheavals in the Middle East and Jerusalem, to those in Texas. As Pentecost approaches and we prepare ourselves to receive the Holy Spirit, we must pray that his guiding light enters our hearts, opens our ears, enlivens our speech, and guides our actions to make the world a better place, reflecting the love Jesus has for each one of us.
Lastly, some of you may have heard or wondered about my absence from our digital programming, but I had minor surgery on my ankle due to a childhood injury. This will limit my mobility for some weeks, and I will be joining you as a viewer of our online programming as I also watch our Magdala Team online. Please keep them and me in your prayers.
Fr. Juan Maria Solana, L.C.