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April 19 – Immigration: Guest Worker Visa Program

by Pray As One

Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor.
Do not plot evil against each other.”
(Zechariah 7:10; NIV)

Our nation is built on industry, and many of those industries such as agriculture, construction, and hospitality services, as well as technology and other highly skilled areas, rely on immigrant workers to fulfill labor needs. However, our need for security must be first and foremost. Our nation is in need of a Guest Worker Program and Visa reform that will meet our national labor needs and reflect Biblical values in regard to the treatment of the “…foreigner”. No adjustments have been made to our visa program to meet marketplace demands since 1991. There are some visas that are maxed out in less than a week. Our antiquated visa program needs to be brought up to 21st Century demands.

Points for Prayer:

Pray for our federal Secretary of Labor and all those involved in the strategic planning of the Guest Worker Program/Visa system.

Pray that our national industries that are in need of labor create opportunities that benefit local labor pools.

Pray that our government will be able to establish an effective job program that will open opportunities to non-US workers so they would no longer have to enter the U. S. illegally.

Pray that the people will recognize the economic contributions of legal immigrants who help the U. S. economy.

Pray for any security breaches or loopholes in our current visa system be exposed.

Pray for the exposure of those that are currently here under the Guest Worker Program that have evil intentions.

Pray that God will use our Guest Worker Program to bring in those He has called to our nation for His purposes and plans.

By,
Mark Gonzales                                         Herman Martir
Founder, Hispanic Action Network          Founder, Asian Action Network

 

Children’s Version:

April 19 – Immigration: Guest Worker Visa Program

Workers from other countries may come and work in the USA on a temporary basis. These workers do jobs in agriculture, construction, hotels and restaurants, and technology.  The laws that allow them to work have not been updated in more than 25 years, however, there are different labor needs than there were 25 years ago. We will also be praying that the Bible’s wisdom concerning the treatment of foreigners will be found right at the heart of any changes that are made.

As a family, find out what kinds of workers on this program come to work in your city, town or locality. Find out what they do and how their often hard manual labor benefits our country.

Points for Prayer:

First thank the Lord for the guest workers in your city. Pray that they may get to know Jesus as their Savior. If you are able to prayer walk near the buildings in which they work, do so and ask God the Holy Spirit to show them His presence.

Read the following Scripture together: Cursed is the one who perverts the justice due to the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen’ (Deut 27:19).

Ask the Lord with all sincerity of heart, “What does injustice towards the stranger look like in the American Guest Worker Program? What do YOU say about this issue? How can it be fixed?”

Pray for our federal Secretary of Labor and every person who will be working on amending and updating this program. May the Lord release wisdom to them.

Ask the Lord to cause non-US workers to be blessed and enriched by new laws and opportunities that help them to thrive and provide for their families.

Ask the Lord use this program to bring the people He has called here to fulfill His good plans for them and for America.Add a page in your prayer journal titled, “Guest Workers”. Write some

Add a page in your prayer journal titled, “Guest Workers”. Write some Bible verses on the page and pray them today. Some examples are: Jer 29:11, Psa 139:16, Phil 2:13 and Phil 4:19.

Modifications by Lelonnie Hibberd, an educator from thedanielacademy.com, a Kansas City school with strong ties to the global prayer movement.