(Jerusalem, Israel) — My wife, Lynn, and I founded The Joshua Fund in the summer of 2006 to mobilize Evangelical Christians to do more to care for the poor and vulnerable in the Middle East and to strengthen the Church in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and in five neighboring Arab countries (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt).
Nearly 15 years later, this ministry remains one of the deepest joys of our lives, because the needs are so real and urgent — especially in such dark times like the COVID-19 pandemic we are going through now.
The pandemic has been devastating here in Israel. We have just entered our 3rd national lockdown. Nearly 1-in-5 Israelis are unemployed. More than 75,000 small businesses have had to shut their doors. The entire tourism industry is shut down. And the end of the tunnel is not yet in sight.
Lebanon, meanwhile, is suffering not only from COVID but from the horrifying explosion at the Beirut port in August that left 300,000 people homeless.
Economic, psychological and spiritual pain and depression is plaguing everyone in the region.
Now, more than ever, it’s vital that follower of Jesus demonstrate love and compassion to those who are hurting.
We think of The Joshua Fund like a venture capital fund. We identify small but growing and promising congregations and ministries in Israel and neighboring countries and invest in them. We come alongside them with encouragement, prayer and financial resources so that they can be the hands and feet of Jesus — blessing, comforting, encouraging, feeding, and caring for those around them.
As you invest in us, we invest in them, allowing these wonderful believers to teach the Word of God, love their neighbors, plant more seeds and bear more fruit.
The Lord God has blessed The Joshua Fund with an amazing board of directors and staff — but it’s your faithful prayers and generous financial support that truly allows us to invest in God’s Kingdom work to make an eternal impact. Thank you so much for all your help.
Your prayers and gifts make a tremendous differences in the lives of believers in the epicenter who feel alone and need encouragement — and in the lives of those who don’t know Jesus personally but are so grateful when His followers show unconditional love to them in a time of great need.
On behalf of Lynn and our entire team, may the Lord richly bless you and your family as you bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to the Abrahamic Covenant found in Genesis 12:1-3! We praise God for your hearts of kindness, compassion and generosity.
JERUSALEM — This has been a very dark year. As millions around the globe struggle with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, all of the countries we at The Joshua Fund care so deeply about are struggling.
I’m regularly asked by pastors, ministry leaders, radio and TV hosts, and journalists what the Bible teaches on the subject of pestilence and plagues and whether they factor at all into the future prophecy.
I’ve been studying these issues carefully, consulting theologians and seminary professors whose expertise I trust. After all, The Joshua Fund seeks to educate the Church, and those interested, in God’s plan and purpose for Israel and her neighbors.
There is no doubt in my mind that the pandemic is one of the “birth pangs” of which the Lord Jesus spoke in Luke 21. It is yet another sign that we are living in what the Bible calls the “last days.” That’s why we need to have a sense of urgency to fulfill the Great Commission and specifically to obey our calling to bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus.
Now is the time for the Church to be demonstrating the love of God to Jews, Arabs, and all other ethnic and religious groups in the region, and to do so in real and practical ways. One of our projects is providing food and humanitarian relief monthly to thousands of Israelis and Palestinians. These are needy widows, single mothers, Holocaust survivors, refugees, and other families struggling to make ends meet. This work is especially needed now; so many in our region have gone through a partial or full lockdown.
It is an honor to serve them – and I hope you are encouraged by the many stories of life change from the last year, all of which serve as a testimony of God’s faithfulness through your faithful investment and prayers.
The current need is urgent, and if we, as the Church, don’t stand in the gap who will?
I’m so jazzed to be part of “The Night Of A Thousand Authors” — a program unlike any other, in which one New York Times best-selling novelist after another does a 10 minute interview talking about thrillers, not partisan politics!
Co-hosting will be author K.J. Howe (ITW Executive Director) and The Real Book Spy’s Ryan Steck, with special help from The Crew Reviews‘ Michael Houtz, Sean Cameron, and Christopher Albanese.
The “star-studded event“—which will live stream across a number of platforms—will serve as the show launch for THRILLER TALK, a brand new podcast from Howe and Steck, who’ve teamed up to bring fans of the genre a fresh, innovative new show that’ll cover the thriller genre in a way that’s unlike anything else available on the web.
NIGHT OF A THOUSAND AUTHORS is a marathon of 10 minutes interviews—the “special sauce” is that each author will share the first two minutes of their interview on the screen with the previous guest and the last two minutes of their interview with the next guest.
“How often do you get to see this many big name authors in one place over a short period of time?” Howe asked, “The magnitude of star power makes this program unique.”
“This is going to be wild!” Steck said, “Wall to wall and back to back, rapid fire interviews complete with potential odd pairings overlapping and doing it live? It can only go right!”
The vast majority of American Evangelicals are voting for the President’s re-election. But not all. Some are so turned off by his Tweets, first debate performance and other behavior that they plan to stay home and not vote or to vote for Biden and Harris.
These are self-inflicted wounds on Trump’s part.
His policies, his promises kept, his team and his party’s platform should be convincing to all Evangelicals, compared to the pro-abortion-on-demand position of Biden and the Democrats. But Trump’s behavior has made it very difficult.
Let’s be clear: if Trump and Pence lose just 1% of the Evangelical vote, especially in critical battleground states, the pro-life position of the current federal government will not only be lost but dramatically, aggressively reversed.
One of my friends is a pastor and registered Independent in New Mexico.
In Christianity Today, he makes a compelling case to Evangelicals who are “on the fence,” struggling whether to vote at all or how they could vote for President Trump to be re-elected with all of his flaws.
Excerpt: “Never in memory has there been a more vocal pro-life president. Other presidents have tipped their hat to it, some more cautiously than others, but Trump has made this issue front and center. He even became the very first U.S. President to both attend and speak in person at the annual March for Life, marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in Washington DC. Beyond that he has shut down various streams of taxpayer funding for this egregious practice.”
Excerpt: “In a perfect world I would want a candidate who is warm, winsome, polite, reverential, deferential as well as one who gets things done. That world doesn’t exist, so I will be firmly settling for one who gets things done. Because Donald J. Trump has worked this hard on these core issues [pro-life, pro-Israel, pro-growth, etc] while at the same time calling out the dishonest media and taking on the political establishment, he has my vote.“
Please share with family and friends on Facebook and other social media if you think either or both columns can be helpful to people still struggling to make their decision in the final hours before this high-stakes election.
If every other argument fails, please vote for Mike Pence — a solid Evangelical, wise and thoughtful public servant, not corrupt, a gentleman, a loving and faithful husband and father, with a son serving in the US military. As VP, Pence has been a great help to the President. And he is remarkably well qualified to be next President of the United States, if and when that time comes.
In the meantime, let’s realize that a massive spiritual battle is underway for the future of the United States of America — let’s be fasting, praying, pleading for the Lord’s mercy as we head into Election Day.
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)
————- Note: These columns by Skip Heitzig and me reflect our own personal views, expressed as private American citizens. They are not connected in any way to the non-profit, non-partisan, non-political organizations we run or with which we are affiliated.
On March 7, 2019, I entered the Oval Office for the first time in my life.
Vice President Mike Pence, a friend since 2012, and I had just had lunch in the White House Mess. We had discussed the administration’s Middle East peace plan, which was then still in development, and my recent private meetings with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and Jordan’s King Abdullah II.
“Have you ever met the President?” Pence had asked as we finished our meals.
I had not.
“Follow me,” he said.
The next thing I knew, I was shaking hands with President Donald J. Trump, who smiled broadly as Pence introduced me as a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, an author of novels and non-fiction books about the threat of radical Islamism, and an Evangelical.
“Great to meet you, Joel, welcome to the White House.”
Trump asked me to sit down, then took his seat behind the Resolute desk. To my right was the Vice President. To my left was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, also a friend, and then-National Security Advisor John Bolton, whom I’d also known for years.
To my surprise, rather than tell me what he was thinking about, the President kept asking me one question after another. Where are you from? Why did you move to Jerusalem? How can you be an Evangelical with a Jewish name like Rosenberg? What’s your latest novel about? I had brought him a copy of The Persian Gamble, and I explained it was about an Iranian regime taking the $150 billion that President Obama had given them for the nuclear deal and secretly going to North Korea to buy a half-dozen fully operational nuclear warheads off the shelf and get them back to Iran.
“Wow – that’s pretty scary,” Trump said, turning to look out the window.
After a moment, he turned back to me and said, “How do you know they’re not trying to do that in real life?”
“Well, Mr. President,” I said, looking at Pence, Pompeo and Bolton and then back at Trump, “I’m counting on you and the men in this room to make sure The Persian Gamble never comes true.”
We shared a laugh, and then Trump asked me another question.
“So, tell me something else about yourself.”
I paused for a moment, then decided I ought to say it.
“Well, sir, I should probably tell you that I…well….I was a Never Trumper until four days before the election.”
The room went silent.
I cannot tell you how often the term “Never Trumper” is used in the presence of the President himself. By the look in his eye, I would say not that often. He did not, however, throw me out of the room. Rather, he picked up on the last phrase.
“What happened on the Thursday before the election?”
“My wife came to me with an absentee ballot and Fed-Ex envelope,” I said. “Hers was already filled out, but she insisted that I fill out mine right then because she had to send it that day from Israel in order for it to get back to the State in time. And she said to me, ‘You’ve got to make a decision.’ But I told her I was still agonizing. ‘You’re not going to vote for Hillary, are you?’ she asked. ‘Of course not,’ I said. ‘Then you have to vote for Trump.’ I told her wasn’t sure if I could. I’d spoken out strongly against you during the primaries. But my wife wouldn’t let the issue go. ‘Look,’ she said, ‘do you believe that Hillary is going to keep her liberal campaign promises?’ Of course, I replied, that’s why I can’t vote for her. ‘Exactly, but the problem is that you don’t trust Mr. Trump to keep his conservative promises, right?’”
I looked directly at the President. He said nothing. So, I continued.
“Right, I said. ‘So, here’s what you need to do,’ my wife told me. ‘The only way to stop Hillary from being elected is to vote for Mr. Trump and hope that he wins and hope that he keeps at least some of his promises. That’s it. That’s your only option.’”
You could hear a pin drop.
“So, Mr. President, I voted for you that day,” I continued. “And I just want to take the opportunity to thank you in person for keeping so many of your promises.”
I listed a dozen specific examples, including that the President had:
Moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem
Dramatically strengthened the U.S.-Israel alliance in myriad other ways
Was dramatically strengthening America’s alliance with the Arab world
Withdrew the U.S. from the insane Iran nuclear deal
Crushed the ISIS caliphate, ending genocide against Christians and Yazidis
Massively increased defense spending to rebuild the American military
Pushed NATO to spend more of its own money on its own defense
Gotten tough against the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin, contrary to the allegations that were being made that he was “colluding” with Putin and weakening U.S. national security
Signed the biggest tax cut and tax reform bill in U.S. history, creating millions of new jobs and powerful and sustained economic growth
Made America energy independent
Appointed hundreds of conservative, pro-life, originalist federal judges
Appointed two originalist, Scalia-esque Justices to the Supreme Court
“Sir, if you accomplish nothing else for the rest of your term, you will go down in history as the most pro-life and pro-Israel president in the history of the country. And I just want to say, on behalf of my wife and me, thank you.”
The President seemed moved. Then I noted the Bible commands believers to “pray for kings and all those in authority.”
“I want you to know, sir, that I have prayed for you and your family every day since you took the Oath of Office.”
“Thank you, Joel,” Trump replied. “That means a lot to me.”
Since then, the reasons I support the President and Vice President have grown significantly. Together, Trump and Pence have:
Presented a creative and compassionate plan to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians
Brokered an historic peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates
Brokered an historic peace treaty between Israel and Bahrain
Brokered an historic peace treaty between Israel and Sudan
Gotten tough on China
Built a security wall to protect America’s southern border with Mexico
Mobilized the biggest government and private sector mobilization since World War II to protect the American people from COVID-19, the worst pandemic in 100 years, and re-opened the U.S. economy to allow for the creation already of 10.5 million new jobs
Appointed Amy Coney Barrett, a third originalist, Scalia-esque Justice to the Supreme Court
Are there some policies Trump pursues that I disagree? Yes. Am I happy with his first debate performance? No. Do some of his Tweets and public comments baffle, frustrate and deeply disappointment. Absolutely.
Still, I am deeply grateful that Trump and his team stand strongly against socialism, against abortion-on-demand, against riots and lawlessness, against shutting down oil and natural gas exploration, against radical left-wing plans to expand the number of Justices on the Supreme Court, against re-starting a policy of appeasement towards Iran, against going soft on the corrupt communists of China, against shutting down the American economy and ignoring the rights of the American people to live their lives in freedom, even in days of risk.
I used to be a Never Trumper. Not anymore.
Last month, I flew from Israel to the United States to stand in line for three hours to vote in-person for the re-election for President Trump and Vice President Pence.
I hope wherever you live, if you’re an American citizen, you will vote for them, too.
JERUSALEM — During my three-week speaking tour through the U.S., and certainly in the two weeks since I’ve been back here in Israel, the number one question I’m being asked by those who want the Trump-Pence ticket to be re-elected is: Do they have any shot at all?
My short answer is: Yes.
1) Biden and Harris definitely have the upper hand
2) It’s going to be a battle for every single vote
3) It’s also going to take an enormous amount of prayer and hard work — and a miracle.
It happened in 2016. Could it happen again?
“Nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
But let’s be honest — Trump is his own worst enemy.
Trump’s debate performance, many of his Tweets, and many of his off-the-cuff and unscripted remarks have been offensive and off-putting to a great many undecided voters — especially those in the key states that the Trump team absolutely must win.
By contrast, Pence’s debate performance, watched by more than 50 million Americans, was pitch perfect — substantive, calm, respectful, and sharply able to define the critical differences between the two tickets.
Side-note: If Israelis were decided the race, it would be Trump/Pence in a landslide. A poll published last week found that 63% of Israelis support Trump. Only 19% of Israelis support Biden.
Upwards of 200,000 dual US-Israeli citizens are being aggressively courted here by the Trump and Biden camps — because every vote really does count.
That said, the election will actually be decided in “battleground states” like Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, to name a few.
Here are 10 factors you should take into account when assessing the Trump-Pence ticket’s chances of success:
9. “Trump is winning the voter registration battle against Biden in key states,” read an NBC News headline on Oct. 1. “Of the six states Trump won by less than 5 points in 2016, four — Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania — permit voters to register by party,” the article noted. “In all four states, voter registration trends are more robust for the GOP than four years ago.”
* FLORIDA — “In Florida, Republicans added a net 195,652 registered voters between this March’s presidential primary and the end of August, while Democrats added 98,362….”
* PENNSYLVANIA — “In Pennsylvania, Republicans added a net 135,619 voters between this June’s primary and the final week of September, while Democrats added 57,985…”
* NORTH CAROLINA — “In North Carolina, Republicans added a net 83,785 voters between this March’s presidential primary and the final week of September, while Democrats added 38,137…”
10. A massive movement of Evangelical prayer throughout the U.S. is pleading with God not only for revival and a Great Awakening but for mercy to maintain the pro-life, pro-freedom, pro-growth, pro-Israel policies that Trump and Pence are pursuing. Tens of millions of Evangelicals are also praying that the Lord will not to let Biden and Harris win and appoint pro-abortion federal judges and Supreme Court Justices, massively fund Planned Parenthood pro-abortion services, start taxpayer funding of abortion, restrict religious freedom, massively raise taxes, and completely undo and reverse all the pro-life, pro-growth and other progress that has been made in the past four years. In September, for example, Franklin Graham organized a prayer march in Washington that drew an estimated 50,000 Christians and was broadcast and webcast to millions. That same month, I spoke at three nationally webcast and broadcast events in the U.S. to call Evangelicals to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14 for America — one event was in Iowa, another was in South Dakota and a third was in Colorado. Other pastors and ministry leaders have likewise been rallying Christians to pray without ceasing for a nation facing implosion. Amen. This is a spiritual battle, above all, and prayer is vital.
The fact that Twitter is trying to block the story — and other major media are refusing to give it any attention when it at least bears close scrutiny — is a sign that this could be more serious than most people realize.
BOTTOM LINE: Look, I can make no predictions about what will happen on November 3. To be honest, I, too, was disappointed by President Trump’s debate performance and by the prospect that his behavior — not his policies — will cost us the election. And not just the presidency at risk, but control of the Senate, as well.
Still, despite having once been a Never Trumper, I am grateful for all the many promises the President has kept. I continue to pray daily for him and his family, for salvation, for changed character, for protection and wisdom. I traveled all the way to the U.S. to vote for Trump and Pence in person.
To be clear: I would rather vote for a deeply imperfect candidate who is working hard to save unborn babies, among other important goals, than for a deeply imperfect candidate who supports abortion on demand and taxpayer funding for this terrible evil.
So, even as I pray that the Lord will graciously change Mr. Trump’s character and soften his very rough edges, I am also praying that he and Pence will win and that they and all the Evangelicals around them will have four more years to keep trying to turn the ship of state back in the right direction.
I’m not going to slam and berate and mock those who take a different view. It’s a free country (so far). But that’s where I come down.
How about you — have you voted yet?
Are you mobilizing your family, friends and neighbors to get out to vote — immediately — not waiting for Election Day?
Are you praying without ceasing? I sure hope so.
Don’t. Give. Up.
(I wrote this column in my capacity as a private American citizen. These personal views have nothing to do with any of the non-profit, non-partisan organizations that I have founded or with which I am affiliated.)
JERUSALEM – After three weeks traveling through the U.S. — speaking, doing media interviews, participating in a wide range of meetings, and having the opportunity to attend the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House — I am finally back home in Jerusalem.
And yes, I’m in quarantine again — third time this year — due to Israeli law, not because I have any COVID symptoms.
That said, I wanted to share with you two articles I have written for ALL ISRAEL NEWS, because they are relevant to tonight’s must-see and high-stakes debate. (yes, I plan to get up at 4am here in Israel to watch the debate live.)
Also, below, I’ve written an update on the COVID situation here in Israel.
On Wednesday night, the eyes of Israelis, Arabs and people all over the world will be on Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris as they square off for the most important, consequential and high-stakes vice presidential debate in American history.
The debate will begin on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. eastern time.
It will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
In a typical year, scant attention is paid to vice presidential debates.
But 2020 is no typical year.
Threats Facing President Trump The leader of the free world, and Israel’s most important ally – President Donald J. Trump – has contracted COVID-19.
Given that the virus has taken the lives of more than 1 million people worldwide, including more than 200,000 Americans and a rising number of Israelis (see below), many wonder if – and some fear that – Trump could succumb to the virus, suddenly elevating Pence to the presidency…..
Threats Facing Joe Biden So far, Joe Biden – the Democrat presidential nominee and former vice president – has remained COVID-free.
Biden has been extra careful – he routinely wears a mask, and has severely limited his exposure to crowds, doing minimal public campaigning or even media interviews since the pandemic erupted in March, despite widespread criticism.
The reason is clear enough: When it comes to the threat of the coronavirus, Biden is, like Trump, also in a highly vulnerable category.
He will turn 78 years old on Nov. 20. If elected, he would be the oldest first-term president in American history ever to take the oath of office….Not surprisingly, Americans are becoming increasingly interested in Biden’s vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris….
I do hope you’ll read both stories in full, including the prayer requests listed at the bottom of the second article.
Update: COVID Catastrophe In Israel The COVID-19 crisis in Israel remains out of control.
Here’s what to watch this week:
Nine million Israelis remain in full national lockdown, as they have throughout the last few weeks of the High Holidays.
Yet still, the death toll is soaring.
Last week, I noted that more Israelis have died from the coronavirus (1,507 people) than from all the wars and terror attacks for the last 20 years (1,411 people).
Since then, another 250 Israelis have died from COVID, bringing the death toll to 1,757 people.
Meanwhile, another 273,826 Israelis have tested positive for COVID, of which 875 are considered serious cases.
As you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, please pray for the health of all Israelis. Please pray for a quick and full recovery for all Israelis who are battling the virus.
And please pray, too, for the comfort of those who have lost loved ones due to the virus during this crazy, cruel year.
(photo credits: All Israel News, Reuters and Flash 90)
(Washington, DC) — I just landed here in the nation’s capital as word is spreading that President Trump on Saturday at 5pm will formally name Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, to be the nation’s next Supreme Court Justice.
This is fantastic — but it’s going to spark an apocalyptic confirmation battle that could make the Kavanaugh process look like a walk in the park.
If confirmed, Barrett would fill the seat opened by the recent passing of Jewish Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Barrett is a devout born again Catholic, a former Notre Dame law professor, married to a successful lawyer, the mother of seven children (including two adopted children), and she is very conservative and deeply pro-life.
Fox News’ Supreme Court reporter and anchor Shannon Bream has written a profile of Barrett worth reading.
Pro-life Catholic and Evangelical leaders that I’ve spoken to in recent days tell me that Barrett is absolutely their first choice and that they have been urging President Trump to name her and get her confirmed before Election Day.
Former Senator Rick Santorum tells me that Barrett “will be a superstar.”
“Unlike [Justice Neil] Gorsuch and [Chief Justice John] Roberts, she does not care what D.C. thinks of her,” Santorum adds. “Faith is the center of her life. Her brilliance is matched by her humility. She is normal. Her family grounds her.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told me, “Barrett will be the best of the three contenders [that Trump has been considering].”
Perkins notes that Barrett was savagely attacked for her Catholic faith by left-wing Senators and pro-abortion groups during her confirmation process to be on the 7th Circuit Appeals Court in 2017.
“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that dogma and law are two different things, and I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma — the law is totally different,” California Senator Diane Feinstein told Barrett. “And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.”
“Feinstein’s attack on her faith during her confirmation for the appeals court — ‘the dogma speaks loudly within you’ — will be like the battle cry, ‘remember the Alamo,’” Perkins told me.
“‘Remember the Dogma’ — that will rally not only Catholics but Evangelicals because of the growing hostility of the Left to religious freedom.”
Newsweek brutally attacked Barrett this week for claiming that she belongs to a cultish-Catholic sect that “served as inspiration for Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale,” adding that female members of the cult are forced to report to spiritual superiors known as “handmaids” and that the group stresses that “men have authority over their wives.”
Newsweek wrote that “Atwood…has indicated that the group’s existence motivated her to write The Handmaid’s Tale, set in the fictional Gilead, where women’s bodies are governed and treated as the property of the state under a theocratic regime.”
Brace yourself and pray without ceasing — this nomination battle is going to get very ugly, very fast.
But it could also be electrifying and help re-elect President Trump and possibly expand conservative control of the Senate.
“This nomination fight could be the turn-out-the-vote key to the entire election for Trump,” I told NBC News. “The Trump base is very worried [that Biden and Harris could win] and this nomination is going to remind them: If you sit home and let your friends sit home [and not vote], everything you believe in is going to be washed away.”
DES MOINES, IOWA — An Evangelical pro-family policy organization known as The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation announced Friday that Vice President of the United States Mike Pence and ALL ISRAEL NEWS editor-in-chief Joel C. Rosenberg will be speaking at a special event on Thursday, Oct. 1st.
“We are thrilled to welcome to Iowa such a prominent guest as the Vice President of the United States,” said Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation and a member of the ALL ISRAEL NEWS advisory board.
“This special event presents an unprecedented opportunity for Christian audiences to see how people of faith can have an impact in leading others and leading our nation,” Vander Plaats added. “We’re exceptionally honored that Vice President Pence has agreed to come, and we believe it will be an inspiring and encouraging event.”
Rosenberg said he was “deeply humbled” to be invited by his long time friend Vander Plaats to address this important event.
“It is not a campaign event or a partisan political event,” Rosenberg noted. “Rather, it’s a unique opportunity to brief Evangelicals and others in the Midwest about the spiritual, cultural and economic challenges facing the United States and how urgently we need to turn back to God and embrace the biblical principles of revival found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.”
“But it’s also a time to brief Evangelicals on how to pray for Israel and her neighbors, the urgency of praying for the peace of Jerusalem and the enormous significance of the Abraham Accords, the historic peace treaties that were recently signed between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain,” Rosenberg added.
Rosenberg further noted that, “I’m especially looking forward to sharing the platform with my dear friend, Vice President Pence, whom I’ve know for nearly a decade, and other national leaders who are devout Evangelical Christians, deeply love Israel, and care so passionately about advancing peace in the Middle East.”
Other speakers will include:
Dr. Ben Carson, a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, one of the most distinguished neurosurgeons in American history, and currently the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Mike Lindell, the inventor and CEO of MyPillow and founder of the Lindell Recovery Network.
Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of THE FAMiLY LEADER, former gubernatorial candidate in Iowa, and a member of the ALL ISRAEL NEWS advisory board.
The event, “Faith in Leadership, America’s Need for Revival,” will take place at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Funds raised from donations and sponsorships will support the ministry of The FAMiLY Leader Foundation.
The FAMiLY Leadership Foundation is the 501(c)3 arm of The FAMiLY Leader, a ministry that seeks to strengthen families by inspiring Christ-like leadership in the home, church, and government.
To learn more about attending the event, or watching in on a livestream, please click here.
RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — With an unprecedented pandemic sweeping across the country, nearly 200,000 COVID deaths, millions of people unemployed, urban rioting, spiking racial tensions, surging murder rates and widespread lawlessness, many Americans are fearful about the future of their country.
In that context, dozens of Evangelical churches in the Midwest are holding a nationally broadcast event on Saturday, Sept. 19 calling for spiritual revival and a national Great Awakening.
They will also call for a renewed commitment for Christians to “bless Israel” that God may also have mercy on America before it’s too late.
The keynote speakers will be Joel C. Rosenberg, editor-in-chief of ALL ISRAEL NEWS, and David Brody, chief Washington correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Vice President Mike Pence will address the gathering by video.
Also speaking by video will be Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz, pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie and Dr. Tony Evans, one of the most prominent African American pastors in the U.S.
Rosenberg and Brody met with Pence at the White House on Tuesday to videotape the VP’s message.
Organizers insist the event will be non-political and non-partisan.
Brody and Rosenberg asked the vice president why the Bible and his faith in Jesus is important to him, why the U.S.-Israel alliance is so important to the future of the nation and why the VP often ends his speeches with a discussion of one of his favorite portions of scripture, 2 Chronicles 7:14.
In that passage, God promised Israel’s King Solomon, “’If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways,’ says the Lord, ‘then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.’”
These verses and their relevance to the U.S. will be a major focus of the event.
Another key passage that Rosenberg will discuss is Genesis 12:3, in which the Lord promised the patriarch Abraham and the future nation of Israel, “I will bless those who bless you, and those who curse you I will curse.”
The event is called, “Where is America Headed? Finding Faith and Hope in a Time of Fear.”It will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mountain time on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, not far from the famed Mount Rushmore.
The event will be broadcast live on over 200 Christian radio stations across the nation and some 1,000 people are expected to attend in person.
People can watch the event on the website or on Facebook live.It has been organized by a task force that includes representatives from 30 churches and Christian ministry leaders in the Black Hills and surrounding area.
Rosenberg, a dual US-Israeli citizen who lives in Jerusalem, is a New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and non-fiction books.
One of his more famous non-fiction titles, and the one he has been asked to discuss, was titled, Implosion: Can America Recover from Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time?
Brody, a nationally respected journalist with CBN News, has interviewed and profiled some of the best known leaders in government, business and the faith community with piercing questions and a knack for pulling back the curtain and getting to the heart of the story.