Hi friends! During the lull between Good Friday and Resurrection Day, I want to harken back to the AIPAC Policy Conference once again. For me, the highlight was hearing the story of a true American hero. Let me set the stage.
Last December I traveled to Israel to attend a leadership seminar at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum and Research Center in Jerusalem, and was blessed to meet Pastor Chris Edmonds. Pastor Chris was attending the same seminar, but had a much greater purpose in being there. Yad Vashem was in final stages of designating his father, Master Sergeant Roddy Edmonds, Righteous Among the Nations. That designation is the highest honor bestowed by the Israeli government upon non-Jews who risk their lives in order to save the lives of Jews.
It was while we were at that seminar that Pastor Chris got word of the official designation, which set off a seemingly never-ending string of interviews with worldwide journalists. As a group, we had private time with Pastor Chris to hear his father’s story and to celebrate with him. Needless to say, Chris is a dear friend of those of us who shared those moments with him.
On January 27, in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Chris and his family accepted the designation on behalf of his now-deceased father in a ceremony attended by Steven Spielberg and President Obama (among other dignitaries) at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC. The Master Sergeant is only the fifth American designated Righteous Among the Nations…and the first from the US military.
Now, fast forward to the AIPAC Policy Conference, where Pastor Chris was invited to share his father’s story with 20,000 people just prior to speeches by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Republican presidential candidates! It was my favorite part of the Conference!
Here is the 9-minute video of Pastor Chris Edmonds sharing the incredible story. Enjoy!