World Relief’s commitment to advocacy for justice on behalf of the poor and oppressed is based on biblical truths and on the example of Jesus. Scripture constantly emphasizes the importance of showing compassion (Matthew 25:31-46), seeking justice (Isaiah 58:1-14), defending what is right (Proverbs 31:8), and showing mercy (Micah 6:8).
Matthew Soerens, World Relief’s US Church Training Specialist and Field Director for the Evangelical Immigration Table, speaks in Southern California on October 16, 2013.
World Relief seeks to follow the example of Christ, who intervenes on our behalf to God, as our advocate. Because of Christ’s love and support of us, we receive freedom and eternal life. As Christians we are called to be Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), representing Christ to the world and speaking on His behalf. For this reason, we also defend those who are oppressed, weak and who do not have a voice of their own, whether in Darfur, Burma or the US, just as Christ defends us.
Advocacy is not just responding to individual needs, but influencing policies and structures that create poverty and oppress God’s children.
World Relief continues to educate and mobilize churches on the important issues of our day and speak out to those in positions of influence so that the vulnerable, oppressed and poor will receive the dignity, rights, and freedom God desires for them.
How can you be an advocate?
World Relief Garden Grove is seeking individuals to help us grow our engagement in local church, academic, and business communities. We are recruiting volunteer advocates who are passionate about justice and ready to stand for the vulnerable people we serve.
Ways to practically advocate in your community can include sharing the story of World Relief Garden Grove’s redemptive work. You could create opportunities to engage your peers on refugees and justice. Help raise donations and support to meet vital short-term and long-term needs or mobilize a team of leaders in your community to stand with World Relief Garden Grove.