In such a time as this

November 9, 2016

By Rev. David Beckmann

The election is over. President-elect Donald J. Trump and the new Congress will take office in January 2017.

As I look to the challenges that lie ahead, I am reminded of Esther in the Old Testament. She had access to the king and at a critical moment, her cousin, Mordecai, urged her to be an advocate. “You may have been given this opportunity for influence,” he said, “precisely for such a time as this.”

Please join me in praying that God will guide our nation’s leaders:

O God, our Creator, we give thanks for the privilege to express our love for neighbor with our vote. We pray for unity and healing in our country and the world. We pray especially for newly elected leaders to political offices in our country. Grant them integrity and wisdom to serve the common good and provide help and opportunity to people in need. Encourage us as we work with them to achieve the progress against hunger that we know is possible. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

I am grateful to you and all of Bread for the World’s members for your persistent and faithful advocacy to end hunger in our country and abroad.

Rev. David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.

I am grateful to you and all of Bread for the World’s members for your persistent and faithful advocacy to end hunger in our country and abroad.

from our Resource Library

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For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

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  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

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For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.


  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.


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