The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense subcommittee on Foreign Policy urged the government Tuesday to garner support from Evangelical Christians around the world, and to strengthen its connection to those outside of the US.

One of the topics that most intrigued subcommittee chairman Robert Ilatov (Israel Beiteinu) and MK Einat Wilf (Independence), who attended the meeting, is that of Evangelicals in Brazil and other South American countries.

Hispanic Evangelical Christians are a growing group in the US, and an increasing percentage of the population of Latin America is leaving Catholicism for Evangelical Christianity, Foreign Ministry representative Shmuel Ben- Shmuel explained.

According to Ben-Shmuel, there is an equal number of Evangelical Christians in the US and in Brazil – each approximately 60 million. However, the infrastructure and influence of the two groups are disparate.

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