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Pray With PI: Trump’s First Week as President—Women’s March, Wall and Travel Ban

Our Project Inspired community is a powerful network of believers. We want to bring awareness to events happening around the world that could use our prayers. President Trump’s first week in office was full of executive orders, mass protests and great tension. Today we urge you to pray in response to the following current events.

 

The Women’s March was a worldwide protest the day after President Trump’s inauguration, designed to help protect legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues. Organizers released this statement about their purpose: “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families—recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” It was the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history. The march drew at least 500,000 people in Washington, D.C., and some estimates put worldwide participation at 4.8 million. While the unity of the masses was inspiring, many of the co-sponsors of the event were pro-choice advocacy groups. Please pray with us as we encourage the spirit of camaraderie and as Christian pro-life feminists find their place within the movement.

 

One of Trump’s first campaign promises was to build a wall on the southern border of the United States. Trump began taking steps to make it happen, assuring that Mexico would pay for it. Mexico’s president and officials remain determined that they won’t. The first meeting between the two heads of state was canceled due to the tension. Trump has proposed a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for the wall. Pray with us for peaceful and mutually beneficial relationships with Mexico and other countries and a resolution to this situation. Read more.

 

President Trump issued an immigration executive order and temporarily stopped immigration and travel for 90 days from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. The result was widespread confusion across the country on Saturday as airports struggled to adjust to the new directives. Legal officials and politicians are all involved in fighting for people’s rights and upholding the constitution. Protests and strikes erupted. Many are chanting and using the hashtag #NoBanNoWall. Join us in prayer for the refugees displaced in the world right now, for the immigrants and families currently in our country, and for God to guide our leaders. Read more.

 

What other current events are you praying about this week?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by justanotherChristian on February 5, 2017 at 18:41

    As a Christian myself and a descendant of immigrants (hey, let’s be honest: every single US citizen was not a native of this land we now live on. News flash: even the Native Americans are descended from Asiatic peoples who migrated to the Americas on the Bering Straight during an ice age.) So let me make myself clear: WE ARE ALL HERE BECAUSE OF IMMIGRANTS.
    Okay. Got that out of the way.
    Now, there’s a lot of false information being spread about President Trump’s executive order about “banning Muslims” and “banning refugees” and being anti-immigrant (his wife is an immigrant, btw) and just being an all-around racist xenophobe.
    But here’s the kicker: what the media won’t tell you because they’re all about that #fakenews, is President Trump’s executive order does NOT BAN Muslims or refugees from coming to the U.S. Anyone who thinks so is gravely misinformed. He has simply signed an order to pause the process until a proper system can be put in place to check those wishing to flee to the U.S., so that terrorists wishing to do great harm to us and our country do not sneak through with the millions of good people seeking safety in the U.S. Is it unreasonable to put into place a system in which people are checked before being allowed to move to our country? Some might say so, but consider this:
    Muslims and refugees are welcomed but have to be screened to enter our country LEGALLY ….. in simple English, get in line like my grandparents did and every LAW ABIDING person. Almost every immigrant wishing to start a new life in the US had to pass through places like Ellis Island and be screened. Sometimes the person was rejected or quarantined because they had a disease that could potentially become a pandemic. Would anyone argue that it was unfair to force these European immigrants at the turn of the century to be screened before coming into this country? My great grandfather was one of them. So why should modern-day immigrants be allowed the luxury of a no-check entrance to this country, when all our European descendants had to be vetted? That seems like a double standard. European immigrants were escaping tyranny, plague, starvation, and crippling class systems in Europe, and they recognized part of coming to a new country meant you had to be checked. It only seems fair that modern immigrants do the same for the safety of this country and its citizens. There is no intention at all to ban Muslims or refugees. They simply need to go through a process, just like immigrants in centuries past had to.
    As for the wall, all I have to say is this: I’m not a fan of the wall, but here is some reasoning to balance the obviously biased Left-wing media. Our Southern border isn’t just letting in Mexican illegal aliens. There are people coming from terrorist countries through Mexico – dangerous criminals not being screened, many repeat violent offenders. (Mexico doesn’t even want them back)….Many are bringing drugs. The vast majority of drugs come through Mexico, it’s like a sea of heroin …. tons. From 2002 to 2013 the amount of heroin coming through the southern border has quadrupled…. from 2014 to 2015 heroin overdose increased 20.6%. In 2016 more than 50,000 American deaths occurred due to heroin overdoses.
    It is clear that the Left-wing media has gravely manipulated everything that the executive order is about, even going so far as to lead Christians to believe that what Trump is doing is evil and anti-Christian. Do I love the idea of building a wall? No. Am I anti-immigrant or xenophobic? NOT AT ALL. Some of my closest and most dear friends were born in Mexico and live in my area AS LEGAL CITIZENS. My great grandparents were immigrants who came through Ellis Island and Canada. The executive order and the wall are NOT about xenophobia, racism, or anti-Islam or anti-refugee.
    It is completely about preserving the safety of American citizens, whether foreign-born or native. We are all citizens under the same flag and the same Constitution. If the Left-wing media actually reported about all the horrendous terror attacks happening in Europe ON A DAILY BASIS due to wide open borders and no vetting process, we would see why national security is a major concern. Don’t believe me? Read this article from TIME: http://time.com/4607481/europe-terrorism-timeline-berlin-paris-nice-brussels/
    And here’s another from Pew about Europe’s mounting concern about immigration and refugees:
    http://www.pewglobal.org/2016/07/11/europeans-fear-wave-of-refugees-will-mean-more-terrorism-fewer-jobs/
    In an effort to keep our country safe, Trump has put in place an executive order to vet the immigration process from countries with unstable governments, where known terrorist groups are active and in power. Again, that does not mean refugees or Muslims wishing to come to the US are banned; it simply means, like centuries of immigrants past, they must be checked to ensure that no terrorist come in with them. As Christians, of course we are called to welcome the stranger. Of course we are called to be hospitable and help those in need. But we must also remember prudence and stand by safety. We can help refugees in many ways besides just letting them in freely. We can send aid to their countries, via money or food or clothing or supplies. We can pray for them. We can work to help them stabilize their government, stop tyranny, and end oppression that is causing them to flee. We can fight the real bad guys, the terrorists, not the guy in the White House. And to tell you the truth, I was blessed to hear a refugee talk to my youth group about her experience in Syria. What she said was shocking: in reality, most refugees DON’T WANT TO FLEE THEIR HOMELAND. They want to stay at home and make their country better and safer. Fleeing and being a refugee in a foreign country is their last option.
    So rather than protesting to allow refugees into our country without a checking system in place, we should be on their side, helping them FIX their countries through prayer and aid and activism. Remember, there will be no more refugees when there is finally peace in those countries. So fight the good fight. Fight the right fight. Remember who the real bad guys are: the terrorists who are pushing innocent people out of their homelands and forcing them to flee everything they know and love. THOSE are the people we should be really protesting. Not Trump.
    Again: I’m not a lover of Trump. I’m just a lover of truth and justice and Jesus Christ.