The Latino Coalition for Israel has launched its Latin American Jerusalem Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of Christian and Jewish faith business and governmental Leaders in Latin America and the United States and its mission is to encourage, influence and educate leaders of Latin American Countries on their decision to declare Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and their decision to moving their Embassies to Jerusalem. Working with Latin American governmental leaders, church leadership, and prophetic voices in Latin American countries, our Task Force will seek to secure decisions in nations to follow the example of the United States in declaring Jerusalem the Capital of Israel and in moving their embassy to Jerusalem.
The Latino Coalition for Israel coordinated a delegation of 23 Leaders representing millions of Evangelicals to visit the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, to personally express our gratitude and support for his decision to move Guatemala’s Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. They joined a broader Delegation of 70 Christian and Jewish Leaders for the Mission of Solidarity and Gratitude to Guatemala. The delegation included faith leaders Mario Bramnick, President of LCI, Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Center, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Pastor Ramiro Pena, Senior Pastor, Christ the King, Dr. Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyline Church and Lourdes Aguirre, LCI Director, as well as Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chairman of Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and Betty Ehrenberg Executive Director of World Jewish Congress were amongst those who met with the President. José Garces, Founder of Armonicemos and Gloria Garces, Media, & Outreach Director of Fuente Latina coordinated the dinner and meetings and were instrumental in mobilizing the Evangelical Leaders in Guatemala to support the Embassy move to Jerusalem.
Our Task Force will schedule a mission to Honduras in May with a small delegation of Faith leaders and key Jewish leaders to meet with President Hernandez and other high-level leaders to discuss their decision to move the Embassy. Mario Bramnick will be travelling to Brazil in June to meet with President Michel Temer to discuss the move of the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem.
We are also strategizing missions in the upcoming months to:
Our support for Israel is first and foremost rooted in the Bible, where it was clearly established that God gave the Land of Israel, with Jerusalem as its undivided capital, to the Jewish people as an eternal covenant. Indeed, the claim and presence of Jewish people in Israel and Jerusalem has remained constant for more than 3,000 years.
Beyond our many mutual strategic interests, Israel is an exceptional country that shares our most essential values. It is the only nation in the Middle East where Freedom of Religion, as defined by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is practiced. This is of utmost concern to Christians and Jews. The freedom to access numerous Christian and Jewish ancestral heritage sites is safeguarded and guaranteed by Israeli sovereignty, a fact that stands in stark contrast to the persecution and genocide of Christians taking place throughout the region. Our community has never seen a more critical time for standing in unwavering support of Israel.
Our affiliate organization the Caribbean Israel Leadership Coalition will establish a Task Force in the Caribbean with a similar vision and will be scheduling meetings with Caribbean heads of state.