Last week, The Fellowship hosted a group of leading African-American pastors in Israel for a time of friendship, fellowship, and bridge-building. Among their many activities, the group saw biblical sites and met with such leaders as Dr. Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and current member of the Knesset, Israel's Parliament. The Jerusalem Post's Jeremy Sharon reports on the pastors' visit to Mesila, an center that aids the many asylum seekers from Africa who have come to Israel
A delegation of representatives from the largest Pentecostal denomination in the U.S. left Israel on Tuesday after an eight-day visit to Israel which included visits to churches and organizations helping African asylum-seekers in Tel Aviv, meetings with Israeli soldiers from Ethiopian families and visits to other charitable initiatives.
The 20 senior pastors of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), with has some 5 million adherents in the US, were hosted by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews as part of the latter’s efforts to bolster international support for Israel. Earlier this week, the group went to southern Tel Aviv, where many thousands of African asylum-seekers have lived since the influx of Africans into Israel began in the mid-2000s. Approximately 45,000 African asylum-seekers reside in Israel. The community suffers from a variety of problems, including poverty, homelessness, health concerns and a lack of educational facilities for its children.