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Fellowship-Led Trip Welcomes African-American Christians to Israel

The recent Fellowship-hosted trip to Israel by a delegation of African-American pastors was yet another bridge built between the U.S. and Israel, between Christians and Jews. National Public Radio's Emily Harris reports on this interfaith outreach and partnership:Bishop Edwin Bass first set foot in the Holy Land last month, though he'd sung songs and preached stories of Zion much of his life. Head of the Church of God in Christ's Urban Initiatives program, which assists the Church's 12,000 congregations across the U.S. combat social problems, he called his week-long sojourn one of the most moving experiences of his life."Just to have come and walked in the city of Jerusalem, to put the pieces together and understand the history of it, it's been a great experience."Bass was part of a 20-member delegation representing the 6.5 million-member Pentecostal church. The visit was paid for by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a charity supporting dozens of social projects in Israel and the Jewish diaspora, as well as Israel's tourism ministry. It was part of a new outreach effort to African-American churches by the interfaith group, which has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul.


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