Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, WJC to honor Buehler

Juergen Beuhler, executive-director of the International Christian Embassy J'lem, is being honored for his contribution to Israeli tourism.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
January 16, 2012 02:31
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Juergen Buehler

Juergen Buehler. (photo credit: ICEJ)

 
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Knesset members from across the political spectrum will honor two international Christian leaders for their commitment to Israel at a ceremony Tuesday night at Jerusalem’s Inbal Hotel.

The annual “Night to Honor Our Christian Allies” is organized by the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus in conjunction with the World Jewish Congress.

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The 17-MK caucus aims to forge direct lines of communication between Knesset members and Christian leaders, organizations and political representatives in Israel and throughout the world.

Bishop Daniel Williams, the founding presiding bishop of the Christian Communion International worldwide network of churches, will receive an award for his activities for Israel. The second award, given together with the Ministry for Tourism, will honor Juergen Buehler, the executive-director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, for his contribution to Israeli tourism.

Williams has been given a diplomatic role as apostolic delegate to Jerusalem by the Christian Communion International, which he presided over until October. He also founded Go To Nations, which spreads the Christian faith and provides for humanitarian needs in in 86 countries but does not do missionary work in Israel. Go To Nations has started more than 1,000 churches in the former Soviet Union since the Iron Curtain fell and was also involved in saving Soviet Jews.

“I am not so sure I am worthy of being honored in Jerusalem,” he said. “I am proud that I helped the caucus advance legislation in parliaments around the world getting Jerusalem recognized as the eternal capital of Israel.”

He said his advice to the Israeli government was to stay the course and be as fair as possible to all of its people, while protecting them. He expressed hope that more Christians around the world would support Israel yet.



“We see this happening not only among evangelicals but also in pockets where we didn’t see it 10 years ago,” he said.

Caucus director Josh Reinstein said Williams’s commitment to Israel and the well-being of its people is “a shining example to Christian leaders around the world.”

Buehler, who took over as International Christian Embassy head six months ago, is being honored for expanding the Feast of Tabernacles, the largest and most popular annual tourist event in Israel.

Caucus chairman MK Dudu Rotem will address guests on the importance of developing Judeo-Christian relations based on the two religions’ mutual values as will fellow caucus member and president of the Israeli branch of the World Jewish Congress, Kadima MK Shai Hermesh.

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