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South African Christians on mass pilgrimage to Israel

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South African Christians on mass pilgrimage to Israel

The Israel Ministry of Tourism gave a special welcome to Jerusalem this week to a pilgrimage group of nearly 1500 Evangelical Christians from South Africa, led by noted farmer-turned-evangelist Angus Buchan, Pentecostal overseer Isak Burger, and popular preacher Lindie Gouws. On Wednesday night, the group gathered for the first of three nightly services in the Ophel Park, south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The evening featured musical performances by eight different Christian recording artists from South Africa, as well as a rousing message from Buchan, whose miraculous life-story is told in the movie “Faith Like Potatoes.” Buchan told the crowd, “I don’t know how you can love Jesus and not love his people. My Lord and best friend is a Jew.” Gouws told The Jerusalem Post that “the participants represent an increasing number of South African Christians who believe that it is their duty to be Watchmen over Jerusalem… There is a growing movement of people in the country and around the world who share the belief that the conflict in Israel is not about politics or money, but a spiritual battle between light and darkness, and that they were in Israel to bless it in words, deeds and prayers.” Rafi Ben-Hur, deputy director general of the Tourism Ministry responded, “They are our only friends and provide us with an ear and mouth to the world. If they receive the right treatment they go back charged as dynamite.” The visit follows close on the heels of the 5,000 Christians from 80 nations who attended the annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration last week, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, and an earlier group of 1,500 Christians from 35 nations on a tour of Israel with Swedish pastor Ulf Eckman.

 

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