Bread for the World Leads Prayer Vigil Urging Congress to Protect Poor People in Budget Talks
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Washington, DC, July 29, 2011
Bread for the World led a vigil on Capitol Hill today to pray that Congress will pass a budget that protects vulnerable people in the United States and around the world. The vigil is part of the Washington Inter-Religious Staff Council’s (WISC) faithful budget campaign, which involves daily public prayers.
“In the ongoing debt ceiling and budget debate, hungry and poor people have been left out of the discussion,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We are calling on people of faith to continue to pray that the president and Congress can negotiate an agreement that protects poor and hungry people in our country and abroad.”
During the vigil, participants prayed, sang, read scriptures, and heard personal testimonies from people all over the country. More than 500 people participated in the vigil, including those who participated via Facebook and other social media.
“Many of the people I work with live on low incomes and must rely on federal nutrition programs, as well as assistance from community and faith-based organizations. I hear their worries and anxieties about being able to provide sufficient, healthy food to their children,” wrote Megan Gregory of Ithaca, NY. “I know that as a country, we must not cease to provide support for their immediate needs, as well as support for their hopes of one day being able to provide for themselves and their families with dignity.”
The WISC community will continue its daily prayer vigils on the front lawn of the United Methodist Building until Congress and President Obama reach an agreement.
Bread for the World and other faith leaders are part of the Circle of Protection, a nonpartisan movement that insists budgets are moral documents and that poor and vulnerable people should be protected—not targeted—in efforts to reduce long-term deficits. Members of the group have met with President Obama and both Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118