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We are living in unsettled times. President Donald J. Trump and Congress are pushing for deep cuts to programs vital to people struggling with hunger and poverty.
Thus, Bread for the World is launching For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy on May 21. We are inviting people across the United States to commit themselves to prayer — and one day of fasting every month — to reinforce our efforts to convince our members of Congress to protect poverty-focused programs.
You can also join us by texting FAST to 738-674. (Message and data rates may apply).
On May 21, we will begin a 3-day fast, the same day the World Council of Churches has called for a worldwide day of prayer to end famine. We will continue to fast one day a month — on the 21st of each month until the close of the 115th Congress — because that is the day when most individuals and families run out of SNAP benefits.
The fast is inspired by Esther in the Hebrew Scriptures, who bravely risked her life to ask the Persian king to save the Jewish people — her people — from genocide. In the days leading up to her meeting with the king, she called for a time of national prayer and fasting.
During these unsettled times, we need everyone to get involved to ensure that people struggling with hunger and poverty receive the help they need. Take inspiration from Esther and join the fast.
During these unsettled times, we need everyone to get involved to ensure that people struggling with hunger and poverty receive the help they need.
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