Evangelicals plan Jerusalem conference

An organization of American evangelicals is planning to hold a major conference in Jerusalem next week ahead of Israel's 60th anniversary. The April 10 event, which is being organized by the Washington DC-based The Joshua Fund, is expected to be attended by 3,000 evangelical lay leaders from the US and Canada. The non-profit organization aims to raise over $100 million over the next three years to help Israeli victims of terrorism, as well as an array of humanitarian projects in Israel in the field of education, health, welfare and absorption. The conference comes amid burgeoning relations between Israel and the largely supportive evangelical Christian community around the world.