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Pastor of the Christian community that spread quickly when the deputy. Ilhan OmarD-Minn criticized them. For singing worship songs on the return flight from helping Ukrainian refugees, he said the controversy he had sparked was unintentional.
Jack Jeans Jr., an Australian-born priest whose Kingdom’s Ministries of Philadelphia joined other church groups earlier this month in providing humanitarian aid to Ukrainians, posted a video on TikTok of the April 9 plane crash. I didn’t mean to “raise anything” or get involved in politics.
Omar tweeted Jensz’s video a week later over the Easter holidays, writing, “I think my family and I should do a prayer session next time I’m on a plane. How do you think it will end?”
Her comment sparked a backlash from many Republicans who attacked her for what they described as anti-Christian bigotry.
“It was actually just a post to share with our friends and encourage our friends who are following our journey,” Janes said.
“when [Omar] I posted that, I just looked at it and didn’t really think about it much. He continued, “I didn’t really get involved in any political discussion. For us, we just came to share God’s love, we just came to show people that Jesus loves them very much, and that’s our focus. Our focus wasn’t on a political agenda at all.”
Jensz captioned his TikTok videos, “Worship Jesus 30,000 feet in the air!” and “We are taking this journey for Jesus!”
Jensez explained how the cult team got permission from both the air host and pilot to sing their song on a commercial flight out of Poland, and that they wouldn’t have done without it.
Janes also described the devastation he and his fellow Christians witnessed while serving in Ukraine.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before!” recounted. “Walking in line, you have people throwing their children at you saying, ‘Please take them,’ and they are filled with terrifying fear. These people drove days to reach the border. These people are leaving war-torn areas where they have seen their homes bombed. They have had to bring their sons and their fathers back. To go to war, that is very devastating.”
Jensz and his group were met with criticism from some on social media after Omar singled them out, but noted that he had seen religious performances on other flights he was on.
“It happens a lot. I think we rocked the earth a little bit because it was a cult song. So it’s very there in that sense. But I think if you ask permission and it’s granted and what you have to say it’s encouraging and wonderful and brings hope and light, sure!…We live in a country Beautiful and free, and we are free to express what we believe in and what we stand for firmly in our hearts and if it brings life.”
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