National Prayer Campaign for Immigrant Families
#PrayforDREAMers is a national movement of public prayer on behalf of young people brought to the United States as children, who now face the risk of deportation unless Congress passes a clean DREAM Act to provide a path to citizenship.
“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow; and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:17-19
Our prayers are prophetic, claiming the imminent and overwhelming reality that all humans, regardless of their country of origin, are made in the image of God.
And our prayers are a plea for God’s wisdom for the church and for legislators as they work to implement a humane solution to a political crisis with profound implications on the lives and well-being of vulnerable young people.
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On Thursdays at 5:00 pm*, will you stand with us to pray for DREAMers? You can pray on your own or with a group.
*The most important part of this effort is the action, not the specific day and time. Choose a day and time that you can pray consistently until legislation is passed. Pray the next time your book clubs meets or your band rehearses; pray as you transition from Sunday School to the Sunday worship service; pray after dinner, before walking into swim lessons, or on the way to school. Just choose a time and pray.
- On your own: take a green index card, go to the intersection nearest you, and pray the Lord’s prayer or your own prayer for healing, justice, and a legislative solution for DREAMers.
- In a group: take posters (available for free download) and green index cards, go to a visible intersection in your city. Pray the Lord’s prayer and hold a vigil for 15-30 minutes, praying as you are led.
- At key legislative moments: Gather for prayer around government symbols (a border wall, a federal office building, a flagpole) and offer prayers for healing, justice, and the passage of the DREAM Act. We will send you an email notification when there’s something urgent you need to know.
The #PrayforDREAMers prayer campaign will end when Congress passes clean legislation that ensures the security and stability of families and honors the image of God in every person.
Spread the Word
- Share photos and prayers on social media with the hashtag #PrayforDREAMers.
- Watch a Facebook Live recording of ESA’s New Copernican salon “Giving DACA a Human Face” with DACA recipient Vanessa Upegui
- Follow ESA on Facebook and Twitter for other images and updates to share.
- Send this #PrayforDREAMers page to five friends and ask them to join you.
Prayer is a vital part of the Christian life, and mass movements of prayer have been a critical part of historical movements for justice, peace, and righteousness.
- The Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace drew women together in prayer and action to bring an end to a 14-year-long civil war.
- Two days after a national prayer gathering that drew tens of thousands of participants, a path towards the end of South African apartheid was in place. Less than two weeks later, Nelson Mandela was elected President of that nation.
- Coretta Scott King cited prayer as a “wellspring of strength and inspiration” during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
- When security officers in Los Angeles tried to advocate for a living wage and health benefits, their campaign reached a turning point when African American pastors and parishioners planned and held a prayer service in the lobby of a key stakeholder’s building.
- And when faith leaders from the San Diego Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice were trying to pass living wage legislation, they used every bit of testimony time at city council meetings to pray. The law soon passed, and a council member who had previously been unsupportive of the legislation said that the prayers had reached his heart.
While the stories of public prayer witness give us hope for a righteous response to immigrants and immigration legislation, we are committed to pray for prayer’s own sake. “Prayer is not a strategy; it is a way of life,” note Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel in their book, Faith Rooted Organizing.
Prayer is the work of justice. We are both proclaiming and asking that God’s will—shalom, hospitality, generosity, family and community strength, and flourishing for all—be done.