Thanks for Praying! God’s Word Inspires Unity

Dr. King’s Bible-inspired legacy breaks down racial divides

A few months ago, we asked you to pray for Reviving the Dream a campaign designed to foster racial reconciliation in our nation. It encouraged courageous conversations about racial equality and reflection on the Bible-inspired actions of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The campaign launched to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death.

You prayed, and God answered. The campaign, which included a 10-week Scripture journey, a scholarship contest, and three city-centered gatherings, produced praiseworthy results!

  • 200 people completed the 10-week Scripture journey
  • 650 people from 45 churches attended the Reviving the Dream events in New York, Charlotte, and Phoenix
  • $24,000 in scholarships were awarded to high school juniors and seniors across the country

One pastor who attended the Reviving the Dream gathering in Phoenix said, “God used you to bring brothers and sisters in Christ together to remember the ultimate sacrifice that Dr. King made … preaching, teaching, and living the Holy Scriptures on love, justice, peace, unity, equality, nonviolence, and sacrifice. Thank you for your prophetic leadership as we prayed, planned, and participated together as never before—from all races, classes, generations, denominations, and non-denominations.”

Continuing the Conversation

This fall, churches will host multi-racial Bible study groups using a guide called Loving the Neighbor Who Doesn’t Look Like You. Church leaders and pastors will take participants through five discussions around the subject of racial healing. The study is designed to bring people of different races together to apply Scripture to their diverse life experiences. We are praying this resource will demonstrate God’s power to bring about true healing through his Word.

Will you join us in thanking God for the conversations that have started through the Reviving the Dream campaign? Will you pray that God will continue to heal our nation as churches across all cultural and denominational backgrounds begin multi-racial discussion groups?

Prayer of Thanks

God, we thank you for your Word that inspired Dr. King 50 years ago and continues to inspire us today. We pray that as churches address racial reconciliation, your healing love will flow and racial divides will be destroyed. We pray for justice and righteousness as described in Amos 5:24:

“Instead, let justice flow like a stream, and righteousness like a river that never goes dry.”  

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Nena Podbury
Nena Podbury

Nena Podbury is a Prayer Mobilization Associate at American Bible Society. Originally from the Bronx, she served in children’s ministry for 12 years doing Sidewalk Sunday School. Nena is married with two children, Noah and Emilia.

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