Mennonite pastors join efforts to advocate for foreign assistance

On May 9, pastors Nehemiah Chigoji, from Upland (Calif.) Peace Church, and Hilaire Louis Jean, from Church of God Prince of Peace in Miami, joined about 30 faith leaders from 21 states, to advocate for an increase in funding for poverty-focused, humanitarian and peacebuilding programs.

Their meetings were part of a broader effort by the Interfaith Working Group on Foreign Assistance, a coalition of 51 faith-based development, peacebuilding and humanitarian aid organizations. The working group invited faith leaders from across denominations to meet with members of Congress and staff to encourage increased funding for foreign assistance in the FY 19 budget. They had 99 meetings total.

U.S. foreign assistance is just one half of one percent of the federal budget, even as global humanitarian, development and peacebuilding needs continue to increase. The urgency to address poverty and to help the most vulnerable motivated Chigoji and Jean to meet with their members of Congress and staff.

Act now to join your voices with pastors Chigoji and Jean.


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