God calls us to “Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” (Isaiah 1:17)
World Renew has learned that one of the best ways to respond to this call is to examine the structural issues that may be keeping people poor and then taking action to restore them. Whether it is food insecurity, civil unrest, gender inequality, or environmental degradation, many factors are at work that limits the potential of people around the world. You can do something about it.
Your voice can combine with the voices of many others to urge our elected representatives to take stands on issues that affect global poverty. To use your voice, you can choose to write a letter, organize an action group, share stories, visit an elected official, pray for the oppressed or partner with trustworthy organizations.
World Renew has identified several key issues that we’d love for you to join us in tackling:
MATERNAL, NEWBORN, AND CHILD HEALTH
Hundreds of thousands of women die during pregnancy or childbirth every year, and nearly nine million children die before reaching the age of five. In order to combat this reality, mothers and children both need to be eating well and should be closely monitored to ensure that they are maintaining good overall health.
Government investments that support small-scale farming is a long-term, sustainable solution to improving maternal, newborn and child health. Over a half of the food grown in the world is produced by women farmers. They grow food to feed their families and their communities. Investing in small-scale farming can empower women to generate a steady income with which they can build a stable home, feed their children, send them to school and access health services.
The Global Food Security Act will ensure the permanency and success of existing global hunger-food security programs. The Act includes important provisions related to women’s empowerment, prioritizing country ownership of the maternal and child health and nutrition programs, sustainable agricultural and child nutrition during the critical first 1,000 days of life.
Stand with women and children and ask your members of congress to support The Global Food Security Act!
World Renew and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank have launched the Good Soil Campaign to engage Canadian citizens and ask them to encourage the Canadian Government to increase its foreign aid funding to assist small-scale farming. Investing in small-scale farming can particularly benefit women by integrating nutrition into food security strategies and promote sustainable agricultural development.
IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES
1 out of every 15 children in the U.S. has a parent who could be deported at any time. Seven out of every 10 farm workers in the U.S. currently have no chance to legalize their immigration status. World Renew partners with the CRC Office of Social Justice (OSJ) to do education and advocacy on immigration in the U.S.
Currently, more than 1,000 migrant women and children are being held in family detention centers around the country with little to no legal representation. A majority of these women and children are fleeing violence and are seeking asylum in the United States. These asylum seekers spend months in prison-like conditions. It is inhumane to force asylum seekers to stay in detention as they await their hearings. As Christians, we are called to steward our voices and defend the cause of immigrants. Stand with immigrant families and tell President Obama that immigration detention must end.
Canada’s annual acceptance rate for refugees measures a mere one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of its total population. Currently it takes three to five years before a privately-sponsored refugee actually arrives in Canada; making it difficult even for sponsoring groups to stay focused. You can join what God is doing through the church to support the passage of humane immigration reform.
When we think of refugees we often hear of the Biblical call to ‘welcome the stranger.’ In this increasingly interconnected world, these strangers are our neighbours and we need each other. When one part of a community struggles, the entire community is incomplete. In addition to advocating for refugee reform, you could also attend or host the “Journey With Me” workshop to help Christian citizens work with their refugee neighbours for justice.
World Renew believes that creation care is an essential component to responding to poverty around the world. We acknowledge that God is the creator of all things, and has called us to be faithful stewards of creation. This includes advocating for lifestyle changes in North America to fight against global climate change. It also includes working with communities, to preserve and protect their local environment.
For millions of subsistence farmers in Kenya, climate change is not a political debate. It is a reality in which adaptation can mean the difference between life and death. The Climate Conversation: Kenya video series is a chance to meet people and join a conversation about the impacts of climate change.
World Renew is working with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank on a nationwide advocacy initiative called “the Good Soil Campaign.” This campaign is aimed at encouraging the Canadian Government to continue its long history of fighting global hunger by increasing its foreign aid funding to assist small-scale farming.
Biblical justice isn't an action once a year. It is a lifestyle.
Live Just.ly is an in-depth scriptural and practical small group study in partnership with Micah Challenge USA to help people live justly in 6 key areas of life: advocacy, prayer, consumption, generosity, creation care, and relationships.
Justice isn’t always about doing something new; it’s about infusing what we already do with Kingdom values.
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Justice in worship
Real justice and reconciliation begins in worship. In worship our understanding of the scope and depth of human poverty becomes more aligned with God’s word. In worship we are reminded that true faith includes protecting the most vulnerable members of society. We are convicted to not put ourselves first. We remember that transformation is possible. Hope is restored.
Small Group and Personal Study
Live Justly - Use this small group book to learn more about God’s call to Live Justly! It is an in-depth scriptural and practical guide to help people live justly in six key areas of life: advocacy, prayer, consumption, generosity, creation care, and relationships.