Journey to Bethlehem Blesses Kelso-Longview Area

The Kelso-Longview (Wash.) Church marked the 10th anniversary of the Journey to Bethlehem, an event that they host to bring Christ back into Christmas. This year, 7,045 people came from the community and surrounding area.

God blessed those who came from far and near to take part in paying their taxes—strolling the streets of Bethlehem and witnessing life as it was in the days when baby Jesus was born. Visitors could see Roman guards, a tax collector, an angel from on high announcing the Messiah's birth to shepards who hurried to see where the baby lay, a lowly cavelike structure housing animals, and Mary and Joseph tenderly caring for baby Jesus.

Many "taxpayers" shed tears at the magnitude of it all. For many this was their first introduction to what the Christmas season was all about.

March 01, 2007 / Oregon Conference