This Sunday, join us in praying for the estimated 8,000 people - of which approximately 800 are children - who joined together in a "caravan" to make the journey to the United States in order to seek asylum and flee violence, corruption, natural disasters, and lack of economic opportunity in their home countries. It is legal to seek asylum. Migrants who petition for asylum are engaging in a process authorized by U.S. laws. Those who request asylum go through a vigorous asylum process, including numerous background checks and screenings, which takes nearly three years on average, and most (especially those who cannot afford a lawyer) do not get their asylum claim granted. Our prayer is that the Trump administration would expend energy and resources not to defend against asylum seekers, but instead increase capacity so that the process could work more efficiently and not put migrants at risk of further violence.
You can use this prayer and short description of the situation at the border for your personal prayer time. It can also be read aloud during your worship service as part of the congregational prayer or printed as a bulletin insert.