According to “official” sources, the denial of visa entries for Arabic Christians planning on attending the ‘At The Crossroads’ conference in Jerusalem earlier this month was due to a “policy of misunderstanding”.
Last week, from May 13-16, the second bi-annual “At The Crossroads” conference was held in Jerusalem at Christ Church inside Jaffa Gate. The conference did not focus on either politics or theology, but on carrying out the Great Commission in a triangular region in the middle of the Earth inspired by the Word of God in Isaiah 19: 23-25: the highway from Egypt to Assyria (the whole area of its former empire), with Israel in between as the bridge of peace.
In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the Earth, whom the Lord (YHVH) of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
The participants were mostly former Muslims who have come to faith in the truth of Messiah being Yeshus/Jesus. They were Kurds, Turks, Egyptians, Iranians, Algerians, Arabs; and also at the conference were some Israeli Jewish and non-Jewish believers, including Arab Palestinian. It was an exciting time of praise and worship together, with testimonies of how God, through the truth of the gospel, has changed lives and hearts and minds. There were some exceptional messages of understanding what God is doing, and of how Abraham is such a father figure to us all. The name “Israel” was spoken freely, despite some of the participants risking their lives to be in Israel at such a conference. The sponsor and host of the gathering is the CMJ (Christian Mission among the Jewish People), and was held at the oldest Protestant church building in the Middle East.
You can read some reports of At The Crossroads by journalist Charles Gardner here: http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/24620/Default.aspx?hp=article_title
Here is the CMJ report of the first conference in 2012, including the conference resolutions as to its intent and purpose: http://www.cmj.org.uk/downloads/atthecrossroadsconferencereport.pdf