Christian Leaders Travel to Israel to Show Support

August 28, 2014
BY Heather Norris

A dozen leaders from the National Religious Broadcasters traveled to Israel last week to make public their support of Israel.

The Christians in Solidarity with Israel trip, which was organized through a partnership between NRB, an international organization of Christian media professionals, the Israel Ministry of Tourism and EL AL Israel Airlines, took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and the Newark Liberty International Airport on Aug. 17 and returned Aug. 22.

“Countering rising anti-Semitism in the international press and on the streets, this friendship visit will communicate to Israel and to the Palestinians who stand in opposition to Hamas that we, leaders who represent the Christian community, stand with them. It will also show the world that Christians in general support the Jewish people and their right to security,” said NRB President and CEO Jerry Johnson.

“In addition, this visit should serve as an example to all followers of Jesus Christ, specifically encouraging them to pray for the peace of Jerusalem so that the lives of all those living in this region can be secure” Johnson continued. “We are thankful to the Israel Ministry of Tourism for coordinating this trip.”

The NRB has a close relationship with Israel, said EL AL spokeswoman Sheryl Stein. In addition to regular sponsored trips to Israel for NRB leadership and board members, the group also includes a large Israel pavilion at its annual convention and hosts an annual Israel breakfast attended by hundreds of members.

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