D.C. Church prays for government shutdown to end

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - On Wednesday night at Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, members came together to pray for the end of the government shutdown stalemate.

"Tonight, there are large numbers of employees who are home, not because they choose to be, Lord, but because they were shut out," attendees prayed together.

Pastor Gene Donaldson says the shutdown is affecting many of his members, and he prayed for compromise among those working just blocks away.

"We believe that a spirit of unity must prevail," he said. "Lord, we pray for all of those who are looking at mortgage payments today..."

Dr. Johari Rashad, 37, is a federal employee with the Office of Personnel Management and was furloughed just yesterday.

"You're really being told that you're not worth it, that it doesn't make any difference whether you come to work or not, and it does -- and that's what hurts," he said.

Also difficult is the unknown. How long will this last?

According to POLITICO’s Darren Samuelsohn, the shutdown is very unlikely to end this week. Beyond that, it’s hard to say.

"I think we're going to see a lot more jockeying, a bit more posturing, but actually reaching a conclusion? I have a hard time seeing that right now," said Samuelsohn.

EPA employee Steve Hopkins says it’s very frustrating, especially since he’s already been furloughed once before this year due to sequestration.

"You cut back as much as you can cut back, and then you try to cut back a little further in case it happens next week too," he explained.

Additionally, Hopkins says it's all causing the government to lose some good people:

"When a good job opportunity comes along that pays quite a bit more than the federal government, they say, 'Why should I put up with this?'"