“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” –Psalm 133:1
The 2018 Dallas-Fort Worth Night to Honor Israel proved to be a night of unity, festivity and rejoicing, as both Christians and Jews united at Eagle Mountain International Church on Thursday, Oct. 11, in support of Israel and the Jewish people.
Nearly 900 hundred people, including members of 39 Jewish organizations, joined us for this historic evening to honor Israel and the Jewish people.
Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Texas State Directors, Pastors George and Terri Pearsons, and our Jewish liaison, Ilan Sharon, warmly welcomed guests.
In his welcome video, Brother Copeland captured the sentiment of the evening when he shared how he fell in love with Jerusalem ‘again’ when he attended the dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
“To me…the members of this church…my family…and my wife, Gloria, you, tonight, represent that city. And we love you…. You represent everything that’s dear and sacred to us,” shared Brother Copeland.
Watch Brother Copeland’s heartwarming greeting here.
The national anthem for both the United States and Israel were beautifully vocalized, then were followed by the invocation and blowing of the shofar led by Rabbi Yerachmiel Fried of the Dallas Area Torah Association.
As the evening got underway, energy and handclaps abounded as we boarded the virtual Israel tour bus with Shelli Brim and sang the joyful hymns “Chiri Biri Bim” and “Hinei Ma Tov.”
Next, we enjoyed hearing from many distinguished guests, including Texas Governor Greg Abbot, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and U.S. Director of the International Christian Embassy Dr. Susan Michael. They all expressed their overwhelming support of this evening and its purpose.
CUFI Founder and Chairman John Hagee shared via video how CUFI has made a huge impact in Washington, D.C., within the last year.
“The politicians and the media, in both Israel and America, are sitting up and taking notice of our voice,” said Pastor Hagee.
Pastor Hagee went on to share how CUFI sent President Trump more than 135,000 emails informing him about the importance of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
“We must never stop speaking out for Zion’s sake,” said Pastor Hagee. “Israel is stronger because you stand with her, and we are stronger because Israel exists and freely shares its blessings with the world.”
AIPAC National Board Chair Lillian Pinkus greeted us and spoke about how good it is that Christians and Jews work together in support of Israel and its safety and security. Pinkus credited the U.S. Embassy move to years of Christians and Jews petitioning elected officials.
“It was the power of us working together,” she remarked.
The keynote address was given by Pastor Terri Copeland Pearsons. She delivered an inspiring message about giving honor to the Jewish people because Judaism is the root of what’s most precious to her—her relationship with the Lord and her Christian faith.
“Judaism needs no explanation for its existence,” shared Pastor Terri. “But without Judaism, Christianity has no right to exist. Judaism is our root.”
Next, Pastors George and Terri presented checks to three important Jewish charities:
- To Israel La’ad, we presented a check in the amount of $60,000.
- To Israel Goldstein Youth Village, we presented a check in the amount of $120,000.
- To Galilee Medical Center, we presented a check in the amount of $200,000.
The money given to these charities was a combination of 3 years of savings and the generous contributions made by our guests.
Finally, we closed this wonderful evening with a benediction from our friend, Rabbi Andrew Bloom of Congregation Ahavath Shalom.
What a special time together we had! We are so thankful for each and every person who joined us for the 2018 Dallas-Fort Worth Night to Honor Israel. It was truly a pleasant night of God’s children dwelling in unity!
Missed it or want to experience it again? You can watch the entire 2018 Dallas-Fort Worth Night to Honor Israel in the video below.