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June 4, 2015                                                                                                                     Contacts:


Chris Ford,Bread for the World, (202) 688-1077,  

Fito Moreno, Bread for the World, (202) 688-1138,

Michael Mershon, Sojourners, (202) 745-4625,

Sarah Kropp, National Association of Evangelicals,



Religious Leaders Urge Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry

to Make Hunger and Poverty a Priority

Washington, D.C., June 4, 2015 –The Circle of Protection today asked Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry to record a video telling Americans what he would do to help and provide opportunity for hungry and poor people if elected.


“We are praying for a president who will make ending hunger and poverty a top priority of his or her administration. Are you that leader?” the Circle of Protection asked in a letter sent to Perry, the former Texas governor. A request for a three-minute video will be made of all presidential candidates as they officially enter the race for their party’s nomination.


“As national leaders from all the major branches of Christianity, we care deeply about many issues facing our country, but ending hunger and poverty is a top priority,” the religious leaders wrote.


The Circle of Protection will broadly publicize Perry’s video among churches and the public. The Circle of Protection will not evaluate the candidates’ policy positions or endorse any candidate.


The Circle of Protection will call on people of faith to examine the presidential candidates’ proposals to address poverty both at home and abroad, and to consider the mandate to those who govern to “give deliverance to the needy” (Psalm 72).


“The calling to public service is a sacred vocation. We hold you, and all of the candidates for nomination and election, in our prayers,” they added.




The Circle of Protection is composed of Christian leaders who are heads of denominations, agencies, and organizations. To learn more, visit