Day of Prayer and Solidarity With Israel
The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, with more than 47,000 churches in the United States, is encouraging its members to once again participate in the "Day of Prayer and Solidarity With Israel," organized by the Stand for Israel project of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
Other denominations that have signed on for the Day of Prayer include the Church of the Four Square Gospel International and Calvary Ministries Inc. International.
Stand for Israel's annual Day of Prayer and Solidarity with Israel, which last year involved 16,000 churches and their congregants, "is key to mobilizing Christian leadership and grassroots support for Israel at this critical time," said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of The Fellowship and co-chair of Stand for Israel.
"It is more important than ever to speak out against the relentless terror and unrelieved pressure faced by Israel, our only democratic ally in a hostile Middle East," Eckstein said from The Fellowship's office in Jerusalem. "At this time, when the same terrorists who have murdered nearly 1,000 Israelis over the past three years now are targeting and killing U.S. diplomatic officials, we ask our Christian friends to join in this massive prayer effort to draw the eyes of the world to the truth about Israel's struggle for peace."
Churches participating in the Day of Prayer pledge to devote part of their Sunday service to preaching about Israel and leading the congregation in prayer for the people and State of Israel. In addition, Israeli government officials will be invited to the U.S. to address participating congregations.
"I am honored and excited to team up with Rabbi Eckstein to mobilize Christian support for Israel," said Stand for Israel co-chair Ralph Reed, who will speak at Atlanta's Mount Paran Church of God on the Oct. 26 Day of Prayer. "Given the commitment of these American Christians to the State of Israel and her precarious position during the current outbreak of terrorism, I look forward to a groundswell of support for Israel in the Christian community."
For more information, or to schedule an interview with a Stand for Israel spokesperson, please contact Diane Dubey at 312-641-8680, or Renee Singer, 312-641-8684.
Stand for Israel is a project of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a 20-year-old organization based in Chicago and Jerusalem that fosters understanding between Christians and Jews, solidarity with Israel and cooperation on issues of shared concern. www.standforisrael.org
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