Evangelical Hispanics, Israel Prepare for Convergence Through the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is preparing for a convergence between evangelical Hispanics and Israel through the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition.
HILC is preparing to equip pastors and churches with the necessary resources to engage Hispanics with the pro-Israel movement, and consequently help them understand the prophetic implications of partnering with God’s chosen people.
“The Word of God says He will bless those who bless Israel,” says Tony Suarez, vice president for NHCLC and conference director. “We still believe Israel is the apple of God’s eye. God’s promises and covenants haven’t changed.”
Through HILC, Pastor Mario Bramnick says the evangelical Latino community will build a firewall against anti-Semitism and incline its members to be pro-Jewish advocates. To achieve this, the Coalition has formed an advisory board full of key Hispanic and Israeli leaders, including Dr. Samuel Rodriguez of NCHCLC, Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations’ Malcolm Hoenlein, among others.
Their vision, though, goes beyond loving Jews and looks toward the Middle East as a whole, especially concerning Muslims’ relationships with the Jews.
“We need to effectively reach out to Christian Arabs in Middle East so they understand God’s plan and God’s will for evangelizing Muslims,” Bramnick says. “Many Middle Eastern Christians feel their cultural heritage has been hijacked by Muslims, and we want to stand for them, to bring to light plight of Arab Christians, even Palestinian Christians.”
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