Motherhood, Loss, and Hope in Zimbabwe

February 24, 2015By Guest AuthorMaternal and Child health No Comments

Guest blogger Diana Stone shares her story as a mother here in the United States, and how it helped her connect to the mothers she met on a trip she took to Zimbabwe with World Vision. Several months after I gave birth to extremely premature twin boys in 2012, who only lived a short time, my husband and I asked our doctor about having another baby. We were told it was up to us, but recommended waiting six months or perhaps until the twins’ due date had passed. She explained this would allow us time to grieve and me to heal physically…

Advocacy as Scripture Calls Us — Part 2

Advocacy as Scripture Calls Us — Part 2

January 27, 2015By Alexia SalvatierraBible Verses 1 Comment

By Reverend Alexia Salvatierra.

We are called to not just to encourage our leaders but we are also called to act as prophets— to continue the prophetic work of our Lord. Jesus is prophet as well as priest and king. What do prophets do?

Prophets speak God’s truth to God’s people in a specific time and place…

Justice as a Theological Necessity

Justice as a Theological Necessity

January 22, 2015By Guest AuthorBible Verses 1 Comment

By Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference I often use the phrase “Theology of Justice.” In fact, it was one of the founding ideas and goals of The Justice Conference—to discuss and promote a theological understanding of justice. But what does a “theology of justice” mean? Simply put, it means that our understanding of … Read More

Advocacy as Scripture Calls Us — Part 1

Advocacy as Scripture Calls Us — Part 1

January 20, 2015By Alexia SalvatierraBible Verses 3 Comments

Even if Christians understand the biblical call to advocate for justice, many of us do not participate in public policy advocacy, because the way the world advocates gives us spiritual indigestion. The assumptions are secular: power is seen as limited to law, force, money, and numbers. People are seen as fundamentally motivated by self-interest. Confrontation … Read More

Using Your Influence to Impact the Crowd

January 13, 2015By Alexia SalvatierraBible Verses No Comments

“Until all of us come… to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” -Ephesians 4:13 To attain the maturity of Christ, we have to go to “whole gospel discipleship.”  How do we practice “whole gospel discipleship?” In Matthew 9:35-36, Jesus looked at the crowds and had compassion on them. The word “compassion” … Read More

Pray for Our Leaders

Pray for Our Leaders

January 6, 2015By Alexia SalvatierraBible Verses 10 Comments

We believe in prayer. When we love someone who is sick, most of us pray for that person frequently if not continually. We trust that God will respond to our prayers. However, our response to Paul’s injunction to Timothy (1 Timothy 2:1-4) to “pray for our leaders” does not often inspire the same level of passion and fervency. Why? Perhaps some of us have difficulty believing…

Seeking Biblical Justice

Seeking Biblical Justice

January 1, 2015By Amanda MootzBible Verses 2 Comments

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -Martin Luther King, Jr. In January, as we commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., we begin a new series on biblical justice and advocacy – to help us stay grounded in why we do what we do as advocates. You can look forward … Read More

To D.C. and Back

To D.C. and Back

May 14, 2014By Guest AuthorAdvocate Stories, Clean Water No Comments

By Dave Erickson “Do you mean, like filtered water?” That question came from the bank teller standing in front of me a few days ago. She had asked me if I’d traveled anywhere recently. I told her my wife and I had attended a clean water conference in Washington D.C. I knew she was thinking … Read More