There are thousands of pastors in America
who care about Israel and even pray for the peace of Jerusalem. But
most of these pastors never step up and take action in support of
Israel. Pastors are busy people, and they typically
have more immediate concerns closer to home. It is difficult to add
Israel to their agenda.
want to keep growing CUFI, however, we need to find away to make Israel a
top priority for busy pastors like these. And we've found the solution
-- we bring them to Israel. There is nothing
like a trip to Israel to transform a pastor from a tourist to a
We invest heavily in these trips. So far CUFI has brought 699 pastors to Israel on 25 trips. In the first three months of 2017 alone, we've already brought an additional five groups of pastors to Israel.
these trips return home, we hear the positive reports over and over
again. Before the trip, most participants viewed Israel as a place of
historical significance or modern controversy. But
after the visit, most of them make defending Israel a central focus of their lives. It is the difference between loving Israel as an abstract idea and loving Israel as a tangible
member of the family.
also see the positive effects of the trip. These pastors share their
newfound passion for Zion with their congregants, and through their
personal experiences transmit an unshakeable love
for Israel to thousands more Christians. This unconditional love then
translates into action as pastors and their churches partner with CUFI
to defend Israel on Capitol Hill and beyond. God has blessed CUFI with
miraculous growth in just over 10 years, and
the primary reason we have been able to reach 3.3 million members in
such a short time is because we have diligently invested in sending
pastors to Israel.
Pastor John Hagee