Friday, Oct. 15, 2004
Israeli official to speak Sunday in Fayetteville
A top representative of the nation of Israel will appear this weekend at a Fayetteville church in conjunction with a nationwide movement.
In a powerful show of Israeli government appreciation for Christian support, Israeli officials will appear at churches across the United States Oct. 17 as part of the International Day of Prayer and Solidarity with Israel, sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
For the third year in a row, Shmuel Ben-Shmuel, consul general to the Southeast, will speak during morning worship services from the pulpit of Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta, headed by Dr. David Cooper. Elsewhere in the state, Aviv Ezra, vice consul, will appear at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, which is led by Pastor John Avant, while Academic Affairs Officer Dori Moss and Public Affairs Officer Steven Green appear at Anchor of Hope Baptist Church in Rossville, a congregation headed by Pastor Steve Ferguson.
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of The Fellowship, said participation in the 2004 Day of Prayer is expected to far exceed last years record of 7 million Christians, and noted an unprecedented level of international support, including churches in Canada, Finland, Holland, Germany, Hungary, Jamaica, El Salvador, Columbia, Nicaragua, Guatemala and several African nations.
This event has galvanized pro-Israel Christians in the U.S. and beyond, he said. Many of these participants have long been tireless advocates for the Jewish State in their own communities. To see these friends of Israel coming together on a national, and even world, level and to see recognition and appreciation of these efforts coming from the highest levels of the Israeli government, is truly exciting.
Since its inception, The Fellowships Stand for Israel project, which sponsors the Day of Prayer, has worked to mobilize U.S. churches, Christian leadership and individual supporters of Israel to express solidarity with the Jewish State through prayer and advocacy. Churches participating in the Day of Prayer pledge to devote part of their Sunday service to preaching about Israel and leading the congregation in praying for the people and State of Israel and acting on their behalf.
For more information, or to schedule an interview with a Stand for Israel spokesperson, please contact Diane Dubey at 312-641-8680 or David Kuner at 312-641-8685.
Stand for Israel is a project of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a 21-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.
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