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On the 21st of each month, faith leaders from across the United States, including the heads of many Christian denominations, give up a meal or fast and pray for the day, calling on God to help end hunger. Although we live in challenging times, 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 President Trump and Congress could reverse this trend.
Deep cuts to effective foreign assistance programs come 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. Plans to restructure Medicaid would limit access to health care for struggling families for decades to come, forcing families to choose between food and health care.
While this is an unprecedented moment, it is for such a time as this that we are called. And so, 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.
You can also join us by texting FAST to 738-674. Message and data rates may apply.
We follow the example of Esther in the Hebrew Scriptures who risked her life to save the Jewish people in the Persian Empire. Three days before she was to approach the king, she asked the Jewish people throughout the region to fast for three days in preparation for her meeting. Today, there are people around the world who are poor and hungry. And they are vulnerable to famine, to deportation, to losing access to food and health care if our elected leaders succeed in their efforts to cut vital programs.
How will we fast? On May 21, we began with 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. We continue to fast and pray on the 21st of each month throughout this 115th Congress through the end of 2018. We chose the 21st of the month because that is the day when SNAP (formerly food stamps) 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, you may discern that you want to take action. While you will receive regular email and/or text updates about when to act in the most strategic manner, you can always visit our Activist Corner to read more about the issues we are advocating 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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