Jeanie Smith, Heather Baker, Shay Lynn Baker and Brody Baker (three generations) attended Christians United for Israel Summit 2010 at Washington, D.C. July 20-22, 2010. The trip was made by car with touring all along the way!
The audience at the summit was a cross section of America, including high school students, CUFI on Campus groups, senior citizens moving with the assistance of canes, families with children, African-American ministries, Hispanic Churches, Cowboy Churches, urbanites, suburbanites, ranchers, scientists, bond brokers, travel agents and golfers! They were from all fifty states and as diverse as a group can get, yet they spoke with one voice and cheered wildly as the speakers reaffirmed the CUFI pledge that: The Jewish people have a right to live in their ancient land of Israel, and that the modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of this historic right.
Over 4,500 attendees from every state in the union came together in Washington, D.C. for this annual summit. This was the largest summit in its history. In 2006 Christians United for Israel formed with 8,898 members, growing to a membership of 97,164 in 2007; 145,887 members in 2008; 326,591 members in 2009 and presently the membership roll in 2010 is 428,624. Evangelical Christians have become Israel’s staunchest ally in a world increasingly hostile to the Jewish state. For more information you can refer to the website: CUFI.com.
There are many worthwhile organizations that are associated with helping Israel and all the people there. One that has come to the attention of Dennis and Jeanie Smith is One Family Fund. This organization helps those who have been affected by terrorism. In March, Dennis and Jeanie traveled to Israel with a Cowboy Church Tour group and met with members of this organization. They helped by having a mini-rodeo, teaching children suffering from post traumatic stress how to rope. One of the organizers of this group was also present at the Washington, D.C. summit. Jeanie was able to meet with them and plans are underway to host a fundraising event in October. If anyone is interested in seeing the wonderful work by this group, please visit website: OneFamilyFund.org.