Dear brothers and sisters,
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
History was made in Israel in the summer of 2015. In an official COGIC Fellowship Service the Torch Of Gideon (In Hebrew Lapid Gideon) 5 Israeli congregations were received into the Church Of God In Christ. COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles Blake sanctioned this mission as an outreach to the Ethiopian Community in Israel. The presiding Bishop appointed Bishop P. A. Brooks to represent him in this mission and me as the director of COGIC missions to Israel. What transpired there was nothing short of a miracle and history was made.
The COGIC leadership delegation led by Bishop Brooks also included Bishop J. Drew Sheard & Minister Karen Clark Sheard, Bishop Brandon Porter, Bishop Edwin Bass, Bishop Carlis Moody, Bishop Vincent Mathew, Bishop Elijah Hankerson III,Bishop Michael Cole, Pastor Deedee Colman, Pastor Michael Copeland, Pastor Don Shelby Jr, Superintendent Nick ShermanEduards Jr, Minister Judith McAllister, Minister Faith Brooks and Minister Derrick Starks.
On Saturday August 29, 2015 Israel became a COGIC territory. In a most spiritual and emotional fervent service the Torch Of Gideon congregations and Pastor Belay Brilie, the community spiritual leader became COGIC - Israel. With this great and mighty work of out lord we now offer the thousands of COGIC churches worldwide the opportunity to support our outreach to the Ethiopian community in the Holy Land of Israel.
In August 2016 a second COGIC delegation came to Israel and what a great time we all had there. We were able to minister to the Ethiopian community and enjoyed a service together, led by Dr. Judith McAllister we had the best praise & worship service Israel ever witnessed. While in Israel we also traced the entire ministry of Jesus and followed His footsteps from the Galilee to Calvary. We praised and worshiped in biblical locations and got to understand the scriptures in a way we never felt we could before. Literally the bible came alive and we felt as if we had an advanced biblical seminar that is not possible in any other venue.
It is with a great pleasure and honor that I invite you to join the next delegation of 2017 on a most unique trip to Israel marking the second year anniversary of this pivotal date in history, walk again in the footsteps of Jesus and much, much more.
On this mission we will meet with leaders and members of the community and we will celebrate with them the incredible works of the Lord! We will also experience and enjoy praise and worship services and performances on location.
On behalf of COGIC-ISTAEL, I heartily invite and welcome you to what will be a most exciting experience. Already leaders of the Ethiopian community in Israel have shared with us a tremendous excitement and great anticipation. The mission will include informative meetings, visits to the community, on location teachings, fervent services and amazing praise & worship.
Naturally, we will visit all the biblical and historical Christian and Jewish sites, including the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the Sea of Galilee, the stations of the cross, Mt Zion, Mt. of Olives and much more. You will experience the bible come alive before your very eyes!
Please join us and other believers from Israel and the US in an unprecedented opportunity to learn and explore Israel in a way you never thought possible.
This will be a fascinating mission and a tour of Israel.
I hope to see you with us, this will be a life time experience.