Tuesday’s vigil at LaGrave Church in Grand Rapids was one of more than 400 gatherings and events happening across the country Oct. 12-20. Evangelical Christians are meeting as part of “Pray4Reform: Gathered Together in Jesus’ Name,” a week of prayer that continues the Evangelical Immigration Table's ongoing Pray for Reform campaign.
Nationwide, more than 175,000 people have signed onto the effort as prayer partners.
With immigration reform next on Congress’ full agenda this fall, evangelical Christians are stressing the urgency of broad, bipartisan reform.
“We are praying for freedom for all those who are trapped by a broken immigration system," explained the Rev. Mike Hoogeboom of LaGrave Christian Reformed Church. "Immigrants are captives to a system that offers and gives jobs to willing workers regardless of documentation. The system says, ‘Come and work!’ but falls short of providing legal status to willing workers. We are praying for immigrants, for our lawmakers and for immigration reform that reflects the values that we find in Scripture.”