Seven churches across Colorado will hold worship events Wednesday to celebrate the end of a 40-day challenge to focus on immigration and to highlight the need for immigration reform.

The churches have been reading a daily passage of Bible scripture that relates to immigrants for the past 40 days as part of the "I Was A Stranger" challenge organized by the Evangelical Immigration Table.

The celebrations and the day of prayer will signal the growing awareness among evangelical church congregations across Colorado of the need for immigration reform, said Michelle Warren, a spokeswoman for the Immigration Table.

Churches participating in the day of prayer are the Church in the City in Denver, the Crossing in Colorado Springs, the Crossroads Church and Iglesia Pacto de Amor in Loveland, the Dillon Community church, the Healing Waters Family Center in Westminster, the Centennial Covenant Church in Littleton and the River Center in New Castle.

All the churches will hold worship services to pray for immigration reform at 7 p.m.

Nancy Lofholm: 970-256-1957, nlofholm@denverpost.com or twitter.com/nlofholm



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