Project Peace from Palestine: Alice in WonderlandWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
From Linda Haas of Project Peace:
Larry and I are traveling to the Holy Land with Sister Paulette Schroeder who worked as a Christian Peacekeeper in the West Bank for three years. Sister Paulette Schroeder, coordinator of Project Peace and a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, prepared this trip to the West Bank to promote understanding and firsthand experiences of the Palestinians’ life under occupation. The group will, upon their return to the U.S., continue their peacemaking activities with a clearer awareness of the plight of these people under siege. The other members of our groups are Father Ted Miller, Josie Setzler, Phung Vo, Matt Meyer, Rich Stein, and Alice Body. This trip is intended to be educational as well as seeing some of the holy sites.
Alice in Wonderland
Monday April 1, 2013
Larry and I left home at 9:00 to pick up Fr. Ted who was on the west side of Columbus. We met up and drove to the airport. There was no one in line and we got right through the ticket counter and security. We arrived before the rest. Before long Sr. Paulette, Josie and Matt arrived. While we were waiting and talking Paulette got a call from Alice in Albany, NY that she missed her plane to Newark. She decided to take a taxi back home and try and drive to Newark to catch the plane from there. We got on our flight to Newark no knowing if she was going to make it. Our flight was uneventful and we arrived at the gate for Tel Aviv in plenty of time. We got a call from Alice that she was at the airport and looking for a parking spot. When we got to the gate we found we had to go through another security check. So before we did that those who had not eaten yet got something to eat. While we were eating Alice called from the shuttle bus, then again from the desk where there was another hold up because she had not taken the first flight. We went through security where we had to show our passports and boarding passes and then have our bags hand inspected while we were each wanded. Then we had to take our passports and boarding passes to the desk to be signed again. When we sat down Alice called to say there was a long line for security. We encouraged her to ask other people to let her go ahead so she could make the plane. In the meantime we are all praying up a storm as boarding was about half done. We kept saying take your time, take your time, and boarding did take longer than the schedule said. It started late and ended late. In the meantime Paulette is standing by security, not having a clue what Alice looks like. But they figured it out when she came through security and we all rejoiced. Alice said, “I don’t really believe in miracles, but this was a miracle.” We were almost the last ones on the plane so Larry and I had to check our luggage after all. The plane ride over was without incident. We were sitting in two separate groups. Some of us got some sleep and others didn’t.