African-American Pentecostal Church Group Makes First-Ever Israel Trip

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews recently led the largest African-American Pentecostal group in the U.S. on a first-ever trip to Israel.

Top ministers of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) from around the U.S. participated in the group’s trip to Israel from the last week in August. Among those accompanying the church leaders was Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of The Fellowship, accompanied the church leaders throughout their trip.

“The Church of God In Christ cares about Israel and the peace of Jerusalem and all of the Middle East,” said Bishop P.A. Brooks, a member of the group and COGIC’s second-most senior leader. “We thank Rabbi Eckstein and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews for hosting us, and we look forward to a lasting friendship and enduring partnership as we seek peace together.”

“We were deeply inspired to host our friends in the church as they experienced the beauty and power of the Holy Land for the first time,” Rabbi Eckstein said. “The pastors reminded us that the Jewish people and the State of Israel do not stand alone. Today, we envision a new era in bridge building between the African-American Christian community, Israel and the Jewish people.”

COGIC represents the fourth largest Protestant group in North America, with 12,000 churches nationwide in more than 60 nations.

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