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Brazilian Evangelicals Might Be Israel's Next Great Ally

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As Rabbi Eckstein ends his trip in Brazil, writers at Arutz Sheva tell us more about the success of his trip and his influence on the Christian community in Brazil.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) has long sought to foster understanding between Jews and Christians in North America, and now in a new campaign it is looking south to Brazil's growing evangelical Christian population.

IFCJ founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is currently in the middle of a two-week trip to a number of mega-churches throughout Brazil, in an effort to create new support for Israel and Jewish issues

The rabbi spoke to churches ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 members in size, which are part of Brazil's growing evangelical community that constitutes 22% of the country's Christian population of almost 50 million people. Brazil has the second largest evangelical community in the world behind the US.

He has been given a warm welcome - at Way of the Tree Baptist Church members sang "How Great Is Our God" in Hebrew and gave him a standing ovation.

Meanwhile at the Baptist Church of Jardim, a group of pastors surrounded the rabbi and prayed for forgiveness for the centuries of Christian persecution committed against Jews, causing many of the church members to break into tears.

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