An Ambassador of Faith

“These are God’s chosen people and He’s got a message that He wants to give the rest of the world through them.”

This is what Ambassador Sam Brownback, a true friend of Israel, told Fellowship Board Chair Bishop Paul Lanier during a recent conversation on matters of faith and how Christians can stand for the Jewish state and its people.

But despite the Jewish people’s calling as God’s people, Brownback points out that “evil has come after them in almost every country they’ve been in.”

And it is this evil, this faithlessness, that Ambassador Brownback has helped combat throughout his long career as a public servant, as both Congressman and Senator, as Governor of his home state of Kansas, and as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom during the Trump Administration.

Speaking with Bishop Lanier at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention in Nashville, TN, Ambassador Brownback shares about his first trip to Israel while serving in the U.S. Congress, his recent trip to the Holy Land in the wake of the October 7th attacks, and what people of faith can do do stand for what’s right and stand for Israel.

Listen to this insightful conversation with a true ambassador for faith and freedom.

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Episode Notes:

Born and raised on a family farm in Kansas, Sam Brownback grew up with faith and hard work as grounding principles. After graduating from law school and working as an attorney, he served for many years as Kansas Secretary of Agriculture.

After serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, in 1996 Brownback was elected to fill the U.S. Senate seat that had been held by Bob Dole. It was here that Senator Brownback’s faith helped him work on the issue of religious freedom around the world, even sponsoring the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

In 2011, Brownback left the Senate to return home to Kansas, where he served as Governor until 2018, before returning once again to Washington, D.C., to work on matters of faith. There, under the Trump Administration, Brownback was appointed Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, a position in which he served people of faith until January 2021.

A longtime friend of Israel, Ambassador Brownback currently serves as co-chair of the International Religious Freedom Summit and is a Senior Fellow at Global Christian Relief. He is also chairman of the National Committee for Religious Freedom. He and his wife Mary have five children and 10 grandchildren.

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