Local faith leaders urge day of prayer for children at the border

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- West Michigan faith leaders announced today their intentions to make Sunday a day of prayer for children at the U.S. and Mexico border.

Leaders are asking churches and congregations statewide to set a special intention and pray the same prayer during their weekend services for the ongoing crisis.

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"Prayer is, first of all, something that impacts you personally and I think that if we begin to really take this issue seriously then we begin to look at what can I do differently as a result," said Andy Ryskamp of World Renew.

Officials at the Christian Reformed Church's headquarters said they will be sending out a prayer to congregations statewide.

Kate Kooyman of the CRC said, "The majority of Michigan's citizens recognize that these are refugee children, fleeing from violence, and that we should welcome them."

The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids will hold its prayer during their normal service on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

"It is a humanitarian issue and there's a need to respond in a human way to these children who are in great need," said Sister Sandra Delgado.

Protesters say the crisis is a refugee asylum issue.

WZZM 13's Meghan Bunchman will have more on the day of prayer on WZZM 13 News at 6 p.m.


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