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We are in an unprecedented moment, it is “for such a time as this,” that we are called. We invite you to join us in deepening your spiritual engagement through prayer and fasting as a way to strengthen and sustain advocacy efforts during the 115th Congress. On May 21, 2017 Bread members and activists from around the country began a 3-day fast, joining millions of people around the world who were praying for an end to famine, praying in advance of the release of the president’s budget, and in preparation for advocacy actions.
The world has made unprecedented progress against hunger and poverty since 1990. If we do our part, it is possible to end hunger by 2030. But, the priorities of elected national leaders could reverse this trend. We expect Congress to again propose deep cuts to vital programs that help people who are struggling with hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
Congress may also make cuts to international humanitarian and development assistance programs at a time when famine is on the rise in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen, and 20 million people are at risk of death. Our faith moves us to pray, fast, and take action, urging our nation’s leaders to protect programs that are vital for people who are struggling with hunger and poverty.
You can also join us by texting FAST to 738-674. Message and data rates may apply.
Like Esther from the Old Testament, we live in challenging times. People in our communities and around the world are made vulnerable by the actions or inactions of governing officials. People who struggle with hunger and poverty will be increasingly vulnerable. Esther had access to the king in a critical moment when the Jewish people of the Persian Empire were facing genocide. As citizens, we too have access to decision makers and the responsibility to use our voices in urging lawmakers to protect vital programs for people who struggle with hunger and poverty.
Why we fast: We continue to fast and pray on the 21st of each month throughout this 115th Congress (the end of 2018). We chose the 21st of the month because that is the day when SNAP benefits for most families run out. It is the hungriest week of the month.
We have prepared a Fasting Guide that will help you to discern how you will fast, to prepare you for your fast, and to get your community involved.
A Social Media Kit is also available for those who want to let others know about our time of prayer and fasting.
If you’d like to receive text message reminders about the monthly fast and other campaign alerts, text Fast to 738-674. Message and data rates may apply.
During your fast, there are several ways you can stay engaged with the advocacy efforts of Bread. You will receive regular email and/or text updates about when to act in the most strategic manner, and you can visit our Activist Corner to read more about the issues we advocate for and find tools for taking action.
David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World
Arturo Chavez, president & CEO, Mexican American Catholic College
Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop and primate, Episcopal Church
The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Ambassador Tony Hall, executive director emeritus, Alliance to End Hunger
Lynne Hybels, co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church
Anwar Khan, CEO, Islamic Relief USA
Rev. Carlos Malavé, executive director, Christian Churches Together in the USA
Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, Roman Catholic Bishop of Des Moines
Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick, presiding bishop, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-chair, National African American Clergy Network
Rev. Jim Wallis, president, Sojourners
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