Faith leaders urge Congress to maintain foreign assistance

On July 18-19, the MCC Washington Office was delighted to host Katherine Jameson Pitts, the conference minister for Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference, and Bernard Sejour, pastor of Solidarity and Harmony Church in Philadelphia. They met with Members of Congress and staffers, discussing the importance of U.S. foreign assistance and our moral responsibility as Christians to help save lives (Galatians 6:2).

Their meetings were part of an annual event organized by the Interfaith Working Group on Foreign Assistance to enable faith leaders to meet with their members of Congress. Participants advocated for robust funding for global health and development programs.

Poverty-focused foreign assistance constitutes less than one percent of the total federal budget. But these programs were targeted for significant cuts in the president’s budget and proposals from the House and Senate.

Through direct engagement with Congress, we hope to provide a moral voice to government and offer a distinct perspective on the issue of international assistance, reminding lawmakers that foreign aid saves lives and offers hope to vulnerable and marginalized people. Read more.

Daniel Friesen is an intern for international affairs in the MCC Washington Office.

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