Annual NRB Breakfast to Honor Israel: “Leading the Way for Those Who Are Not Yet Standing”

NRB | March 21, 2024 | NRB News

On Thursday, Feb. 22, NRB 2024 Convention attendees, NRB members, and faith and industry leaders gathered at the annual, sold-out Breakfast to Honor Israel. In this time of sorrow and struggle for Israel, the breakfast underscored the dire need for all nations to stand in solidarity.

Dr. Juergen Buehler, President of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), gave the keynote address, and Anat Sultan-Dadon, Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States , delivered remarks. Chris Mitchell, Middle East bureau chief at CBN News, emceed the event.

Buehler, who has lived in Israel for 30 years, described the changing world since October 7, his own perspective of that day from his home in Israel, and practical action steps Christians must take to aid Israel.

“We saw Israel united on that day like never before,” Buehler said. “October 7 became a game-changer for Israel and many Israelis, in particular on the left.”

Because his son serves in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Buehler shared some powerful accounts of soldiers in their units singing worship songs, a miraculous expression of faith. “We are witnessing right now miracles in Israel, truly of biblical proportions,” Buehler said.

“We are praying at the ICEJ every day that God would release 4000 missionaries to Gaza to [share] the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s the only hope for the people in Gaza today.”

He encouraged Christians to take practical steps of helping evacuees, raising funds, and supporting the efforts of organizations like ICEJ, CAM, and AFMDA.

“The events of October 7 need to be a game-changer for the church,” Buehler said. “It is not enough anymore to say we love Israel, or we stand with Israel. We need actions today. We need the church to stand up and pray for Israel like never before.”

He called on pastors, radio hosts, broadcasters, and all Christian communicators to use their platform to pray and speak on behalf of Israel.

“I am very concerned that in our Christian countries and nations, more Muslims are on the streets demonstrating against Israel than Christians who are standing up for Israel,” Buehler said. “Help us to reverse that. Talk to your government, people in the Congress, on the Senate, and be an ambassador for Israel.”

“Every voice matters,” Sultan-Dadon said. “Many loud voices all around us are shouting hatred with full conviction. But they are not the majority. The majority are those who observe in silence. When you all stand for what is right, loud and clear, you are leading the way for those who are not yet standing.”

The breakfast is an annual highlight of the NRB Convention, providing attendees with a fresh perspective on the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship and encouraging strong relationships between Christians and the Holy Land and its people.

The event also featured musical segments from Yair Levi, a Jewish Israeli singer, songwriter, and musical producer based in Tel Aviv, Israel who served as a Captain in the Israeli Navy Seals for 8 years and now creates a unique mixture of Jewish soul music with his faith and Biblical values. Following Levi’s opening performance, musical artist Karen Terrell sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Breakfast to Honor Israel was sponsored by American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA), the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). AFMDA is Israel’s emergency services system and the country’s affiliate to the International Federation of Red Cross Societies. CAM is a new leading voice in the fight against antisemitism that fosters groundbreaking alliances which transcend traditional divides, reaches diverse audiences with initiatives geared for specific demographics, and forges relationships with policymakers at the global, national, and local levels. ICEJ represents millions of Christians to the nation and people of Israel from its head office in Jerusalem and through its branches in over 90 nations, carrying out many ground-breaking programs and initiatives.

To stream recordings of the 2025 NRB Convention, please visit NRB’s digital storefront. The next Convention will be held February 24-27, 2025, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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