2023 Advocacy Kickoff
Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. — Isaiah 1:17
There is work for us, as advocates for our global neighbors, ahead.
Your leaders not only want to hear from you, they NEED to hear from you. As U.S. citizens, we have the beautiful privilege of entering places of power — reflecting both the light of Jesus and sharing a deep knowledge of how legislators can care for our global neighbors. A new Congress has been sworn in this month and we have the opportunity to help them consider their global impact as leaders of the United States.
We're starting the new year with a time to gather and prepare our hearts for another impactful year of advocacy.
As we prepare for our advocacy work in the coming year, let's remember what makes World Vision Advocates unique:
The exodus of God’s people from Egypt is the first example of advocacy in Scripture, and it guides our approach to advocacy today (see below, from Exodus 3 and 4). All spiritual gifts and skill sets can contribute to the work of advocacy, and God’s power can move our leaders to action. Trusting in this power, we give prayer an integral place in our advocacy efforts. Additionally, as 88% of current U.S. members of Congress publicly claim faith in Christ, we believe U.S. Christians have a particularly unique role to play in influencing them, and we equip advocates to employ their faith as they engage with elected officials.
We advocate with authority and confidence, using evidence rooted in our relationships with the poor at the community level. Our efforts are intended to amplify the voices of the unheard, and whenever possible, we let the poor speak for themselves — just as God declared in Isaiah that the poor would play the primary role in the restoration of their communities. Believing that our advocacy is on behalf of real lives rather than abstract issues, and that those lives have great worth and value to God, we lift up the stories of those in poverty. We trust that these stories will move our leaders to make decisions with compassion.
- Proverbs 14:31
- Isaiah 61:1, 3-4
Understanding that most elected officials enter office with good intentions and a sincere desire to effect positive change, we seek to cast a vision for a better world. Leaders need the courage to fulfill their role as God intended — to be servants for the well-being of everyone, including the poor. When leaders fail to fulfill this God-ordained role, we seek to speak truth prophetically and to hold leaders accountable to act justly in serving this common good.
- Romans 13:4
- Psalm 72:1-4,12-14