Posted by: DCox | November 23, 2008

Learning about Foreign Assistance … What’s in it for the poor?

food-aidI recently attended a workshop put on by the Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations (AERDO includes World Vision, Food for the Hungry, Compassion International, M:MM and others).  Although I’ve been involved in community development in Africa for more than 15 years, I have little experience with disaster response and food aid.  I learned about international standards that have been developed for delivering aid. 

I also was reminded of the basic human needs that go unmet for so many in the world.  If you believe in the inherent dignity of man, then you need to consider what part each of us play in caring for the glory that God placed in His creation.  Jesus reminds us that the poor, the orphan, the widow, the prisoner, the leper are recipients of His glory.  Jesus befriended and cared for the marginalized. 

At the following links you can learn more about foreign assistance, the U.N. goals to end poverty, and involvement of Christian organizations in this effort.

The United Nations work to end poverty:  The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.

Micah Challenge is a global Christian campaign. Our aims are to deepen our engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities; and to challenge international leaders, and leaders of rich and poor countries, to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and so halve absolute global poverty by 2015!

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, they provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities in which we live.  See their website to learn more about:

· Global hunger issues

· U.S. hunger issues

· Development assistance

· Links to anti-hunger and poverty agencies


 AERDO, the Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations, was founded in 1978. It represents a network of more than 60 of the major evangelical Christian relief and development agencies across North America. Being compelled by the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, AERDO member agencies work together with all believers in partnership with the poor and oppressed so together we become all God intended us to be.


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