New Immigration Ad Campaign: We’re Praying for You, Speaker Boehner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On a press call this morning, local pastors and the president of the National Association of Evangelicals announced a new round of immigration ad buys to emphasize prayers and support for Speaker John Boehner and other House leaders.

In Washington, D.C., a front-page, wraparound ad appeared today in the Express newspaper and radio ads will air on WTOP. Ads featuring the local pastors on today’s call are running on more than 30 Christian radio stations throughout North Carolina and the Dallas-Fort Worth area over the next week, and a Spanish-language ad will air in Orange County, Calif. The effort builds on the successful Pray for Reform campaign, which includes nearly 200,000 prayer partners, and it puts the Evangelical Immigration Table’s total paid media efforts over $1 million.

The following quotes can be attributed to participants in today’s call:

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals:
“The prayers and support for immigration reform are rapidly growing among evangelical Christians across America. There is broad consensus that our immigration system can’t stay the way it is and needs to change. Good proposals date back to President Bush and previous sessions of Congress and now come to President Obama and the current Congress. It’s time to move from talking to acting on comprehensive immigration reform.”

Pastor Hector Hermosillo, Pastor, Semilla@Eastside, Eastside Christian Church, Anaheim, Calif.:
“The fastest-growing churches in our country today are those composed of first-generation immigrants, many of them undocumented. In my opinion, helping so that they have the freedom to express their faith, their service and their loyalty to this country through smart and humane immigration reform is a source of hope for our country.”

Pastor Dub Karriker, Senior Pastor, Christian Assembly Church, Durham, N.C.:
“I’m part of Durham Ministers In Prayer, a group representing 40 evangelical churches — black, white, Asian and Latino — that meet weekly to pray for our city, state and nation. We’ve been praying for many years for the Speaker and House Leadership. Now I hope and I trust that they will listen to the prayers of so many of their brothers and sisters in Christ who are crying out to God to fix this broken immigration system.”

Pastor Roger Raymer, Senior Pastor, Lake Ridge Bible Church, Mesquite, Texas:
“The Bible has much to say about God’s people’s responsibility to care for the immigrant and the stranger. Especially, at this time of year, we are reminded in Matthew Chapter 2 that Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, less than two years old at the time, fled to Egypt to escape Herod’s plot to kill the Christ child. We don’t often think of the Holy Family as immigrants but in fact for a time they were.”

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