Faith Leaders Urge Kindness at ‘Families Belong Together’ Vigil

Elected representatives, faith community leaders and concerned parents gathered together Monday evening at Leesburg United Methodist Church to preach love and unity and sing songs of praise during a Families Belong Together prayer vigil.

The vigil was organized by members of the Loudoun interfaith community in response to migrant children being separated from their families at the southern U.S. border. Among those participating in the event were Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), All Dulles Area Muslim Society board member Rizwan Jaka, Leesburg Town Council member Ron Campbell and Pastor Michelle C. Thomas of Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries International. Each speaker encouraged the gatherers to respond with both faith and action.

“It’s we at the local level who have to fight back with all the kindness in our souls and all the love we have to make every human being welcome,” Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg) said. “We need to fight together and we need to fight harder than ever. We need to make our expressions of love so outweigh the expressions of hate. With God’s help and blessing we win and love prevails.”

After exchanging prayers and personal accounts of people’s experiences with immigration, the crowd gathered together outside the church to march on West Market Street and rallied together along the fence outside courthouse and sang “This Little Light of Mine,” led by Thomas on a megaphone.

Some members of the crowd raised signs calling out immigration policies and demanding for change. One sign read “Diversity Makes America Great,” another read “Abolish ICE,” referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sone people passing by the vigil in their cars honked, waved and whistled in solidarity. Others gave looks and shook their heads at the demonstration.

“I’m praying for an administration that would take immigration and make it positive,” Leesburg Town Council member Marty Martinez said. “I’m not here to condemn, I’m not here to hate. I’m here to pray for our leaders and our people in Congress to have a heart.”

TJ Davis is a summer intern at Loudoun Now, studying journalism at Liberty University.

Those who gathered in downtown Leesburg for the Families Belong Together prayer vigil prompted some waves and cheers of support, and a few head shakes from passersby. [TJ Davis/Loudoun Now]

5 thoughts on “Faith Leaders Urge Kindness at ‘Families Belong Together’ Vigil

  • 2018-07-03 at 1:52 pm
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    The new platform of the Democratic party – open borders, nothing is illegal, free stuff for everybody.

    Keeping families together is simple – 1) Build a wall 2) If illegals get over the wall, send them all back as a family – instantly.

  • 2018-07-03 at 7:33 pm
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    Do Umstattd, Martinez, Campbell and Pastor THomas all want to abolish ICE? That’s the question that should be posed to them as a number of national Democrats want to do that.

  • 2018-07-04 at 2:48 pm
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    “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” – Titus 3:1-5.

    On July 4, we celebrate Independence Day, and it is a wonderful celebration for our nation! But brothers and sisters, there is no room for an “independent spirit” in the Body of Christ! An independent spirit is usually rooted in fear and pride. Yes, we are diverse. And no, we will never agree on every point of doctrine. But we must come together under the banner of the Lord Jesus Christ to allow His Holy Spirit to advance the Kingdom of God through us! I dare not become so consumed by my little corner of the world that I disregard the whole! I must have a heart for God’s kingdom, not mine.

  • 2018-07-07 at 2:24 pm
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    Rev Thomas should urge BLACK families to come together. She should be sure not to mix politics with her religion or she might get taxed. Pray that peace and joy and love be found in all countries south of the border. This way these lovely families will want to stay safely and prosperously in their own counties. But that is not what these liberal “leaders” want. They want to hand out goodies in exchange for votes to stay in power. And the goodies they provide will always keep the poor and needy, poor and needy.

    This is all about controlling political futures and every one of these leaders should be ashamed of themselves.

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