Evangelicals Pray for Reform as Senate Nears Final Immigration Vote

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Evangelicals Pray for Reform as Senate Nears Final Immigration Vote

Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, National Association of Evangelicals Host Week of Prayer Gathering

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 26, 2013 — With a final vote on broad, bipartisan immigration reform expected as soon as Thursday, the Evangelical Immigration Table’s Week of Prayer continued this morning with representatives from the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the National Association of Evangelicals meeting near the Capitol to pray for reform.

 

The week’s third gathering (see photos) took place not long before a series of votes that keep reform moving toward final passage in the Senate.

“God cares about the affairs of humanity. How we treat the weakest and most vulnerable among us matters to Him,” said Barrett Duke, Vice President for Public Policy and Research at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. “I cannot imagine trying to accomplish something as complex and profoundly important as immigration reform without God’s guidance and involvement. It is imperative that we call on Him and follow His lead as we work to accomplish His will on Earth. As we call on Him, we must also do our part. That is why I support immigration reform and encourage everyone to contact their senators tomorrow and urge them to do the right thing.”

“Prayer is an integral part of evangelical advocacy,” said Galen Carey, Vice President of Government Relations at the National Association of Evangelicals. “We align ourselves with God’s purposes and invite God’s gracious intervention and blessing on our leaders as they conclude work on an historic immigration reform bill. We thank God that our leaders are coming together in a bipartisan way to create new opportunities for immigrants to contribute to our nation.”

The Week of Prayer is part of the Evangelical Immigration Table’s Pray for Reform campaign, which focuses on the passage of legislation that reflects the God-given dignity of every human being, protects family unity, respects the rule of law, keeps our borders secure and includes an achievable pathway to earned citizenship. A mobile billboard bearing the message “Praying for Immigrants. Praying for Congress” is starting each day at the prayer gathering, then making its way around downtown Washington.

The Christian Community Development Association will host the gathering at 10 a.m. Thursday. Evangelical Immigration Table organizations hosting gatherings this week also include World Relief, Sojourners and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

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