New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, recently came together to provide approximately $300 each to 28 federal workers from their congregation affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown, Pastor Jamal Bryant said.
“This has been the longest period in our nation’s history of the government being closed. Last Sunday, we blessed the furloughed workers of New Birth and impromptu we raised an offering for 28 of them and gave all of them $300 apiece – a small drop in the bucket,” Bryant first revealed in a Facebook Live broadcast Friday.
“Our prayers are overwhelmingly sent to the 800,000 people who are furloughed. Who are working tirelessly, sacrificing their time, their energy and their intellect and are not receiving any compensation,” he added.
A CNN report noted that as the impasse over ending the shutdown drags on, the Trump administration has been designating more of the federal government “essential,” or excepted from the furlough, which gets government employees back to work but without a paycheck.
Barely a month since taking over the helm of the 10,000-member church however, Bryant said he prayed that legislators will have an “epiphany” about how the partial shutdown is affecting workers. He further noted that his church is working with supermarkets in Atlanta to assist furloughed workers.
“This week we are moving tirelessly with the area supermarkets in Atlanta, that they will provide for us grocery stipends, for those who are being furloughed so that their families and their children, dependent parents, might still be able to eat,” Bryant said.
Speaking Wednesday with WSBTV, Bryant said it is during times of crisis such as the shutdown, the church needs step in to help.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair