CUFI Summit: Israel Is America’s Ally

As thousands of Christians from all over the nation gathered together for the Christians United For Israel Washington Summit, their rally cry was to continue strengthening and upholding the allegiance between America and Israel.

As Pastor John Hagee pointed out early on in the summit, “I have studied enough history to equal about three degrees and I can sum it up in one sentence: those who have blessed Israel have survived. Those who cursed Israel were destroyed.”

Much happened during the summit including breakout sessions, pastor gatherings, and the national A Night to Honor Israel. Attendees were provided with a timely perspective as to all that is going on over in the Middle East. As Mike Huckabee stated, “Imagine if Toronto, Canada, started sending rockets into Buffalo, New York. Would we decide that yes, of course, the solution is to give the Canadians New York so that we can have peace? Think about it.”

David Brog pointed out that Israel is America’s first line of defense. “How many of our allies are on the front lines fighting our enemies for us? That’s what Israel is doing. They are on the front lines facing our enemies in our place.”

On Wednesday, all summit attendees visited Capitol Hill to encourage their government representatives to support Israel in their decisions. Pastor Charlie Houle, CUFI City Director for Brooklyn Park, stated this about our visit to Capitol Hill: “We’ve watched our presence and the presence of CUFI cause the overall membership in Congress to become more and more pro-Israel. There still is much work to do in some of these districts, but we are definitely having an influence. The group we bring from Minnesota is typically the largest group of constituents that they see each year. It is an ongoing reminder to our elected officials that Minnesotans back Israel and that we are looking to them to do the same.”

What a powerful way to let our government officials know the desires of millions of their constituents.

I am grateful for the 88 people who attended the conference from Minnesota, 60 of whom were from Living Word. In total, region 8 (MN, WI, IA, and IL) had 170 people registered. I hope they were truly blessed by this opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and show our government that we support Israel.

It is truly an honor to stand for Israel and the Jewish people through Christians United For Israel (CUFI). If you haven’t heard of CUFI or want to find out more about the summit, CUFI’s mission, or other events they host, please visit

About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

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