24 evangelical pastors visit Israel, ‘stand unconditionally’ with Jewish state

The Saint Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church of Milwaukee. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) The Eagles Wings Evangelical Christian Organization, an international group training evangelical Christian leaders, brought a 24-member delegation of pastors to Israel this week. The delegates visited Christian and Jewish holy sites, and met with several Israeli dignitaries, including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, and members of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.

“We understand our heritage. We believe that we have become part of a covenant that was made with Abraham,” said a member of the delegation, Pastor Rusty Nelson of Huntsville, Ala., according to the Jerusalem Post. “We come prayerfully, in a unified embrace that says we support you in the land that God has given you; we support you in the covenant that God has made with you.”

Another participant, Louisiana-based Pastor Todd Schumacher, said “we stand unconditionally with Israel, recognizing it as the root of our faith and what we believe, and that without it, where would we be?”

“It’s difficult to disconnect from the womb that gave birth to you. We are the result of Judaism; we’re grafted in, and no matter what, we’re all connected,” added a third participant, Pastor Dwayne Hardin of Atlanta.

Posted on February 17, 2016 .