Multiple Evangelical Organizations to Gather Throughout Week
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With a final Senate vote on broad, bipartisan immigration reform expected by the end of this week, evangelical leaders are holding daily prayer gatherings near the U.S. Capitol. Today, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) hosted the prayer gathering, at Peace Circle. 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. As part of the Pray for Reform campaign, groups are gathering to pray for senators to pass strong 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. “In the spirit of unity and in the name of righteousness and justice, we gathered to pray at Capitol Hill today for comprehensive immigration reform,” said Rev. Tony Suarez, Virginia Chapter Director of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Senior Pastor, The Pentecostals of Norfolk. “For the young person who has lived here since they were a young child yet cannot obtain a driver’s license, for the mother or father who crossed deserts and rivers just to give their child a better life, we interceded before the father today and made prophetic declarations that by the grace of God we will see immigration reform come to pass in 2013.” “Prayer is more than a spiritual exercise,” added Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. “Prayer serves as the bridge between heaven and earth, our needs and God’s provision, and our will and His. Accordingly, as we pray for immigration reform this week, let us remember that the same God that touched Pharaoh’s heart, as it pertains to how he dealt with Jewish immigrants, will likewise touch Congress today. “Let us pray that God will convict our elected officials to act justly and provide a path that will free 11 million people from making bricks without straw. Let us pray that God’s Spirit will descend upon the Senate, resulting in the passage of reform legislation that will renew our core values, redeem the narrative of immigration and reinforce our physical and moral borders.” Sojourners will host the gathering Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Participating Evangelical Immigration Table organizations the rest of the week include the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Association of Evangelicals (Wednesday), the Christian Community Development Association (Thursday) and World Relief (Friday).