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Dear Congressional Leaders, In the last year thousands of Christians have joined Micah Challenge USA and taken action to protect poverty focused development aid. We have signed petitions, held events, met with members of Congress and their staff in district and in DC, and we have prayed with earnest. We are a movement of Christians across the nation who seek to be a voice for people living in extreme poverty. We come from many walks of life, but one thing unites us—Jesus. We love Him, and desire to follow his commands in all that we do. Christ calls us to be a voice for the poor and vulnerable, and that is why we have sent you this booklet with the names and faces of Christians across the country who entreat you to take a stand and protect poverty-focused development aid. At less than 1% of the budget, poverty-focused development aid has tremendous impact on people in extreme poverty. We understand that difficult choices must be made, but these vital aid programs save lives. We believe in a God who is just; a God who cares deeply for people living in extreme poverty. Therefore, it is our responsibility as Christians to take a stand for the impoverished around the world. So please, hear the voices of Christians across the nation who are asking you to take a stand for the impoverished and protect poverty-focused development aid. Sincerely, Jason Fileta, Director of Micah Challenge USA


WHAT IS POVERTY FOCUSED DEVELOPMENT AID & WHY DO WE CARE? Poverty-Focused Development

Programs that work to immunize

These funds are not simply bi-lateral

Aid (PFDA) is foreign aid used

children, provide access to clean

contributions, but are often

for development purposes.

water, train teachers, provide

distributed by USAID through grants

The programs are designed to

farmers with instruction to increase

to trusted private NGO’s. Micah

reduce poverty, encourage

productivity, reach communities with

Challenge member organizations like

economic growth, promote

nutrition education, and provide

World Vision, Food for the Hungry,

the rule of law, good

life-saving anti-retroviral treatments

World Renew, and others like Feed

governance, and enhance

for people living with HIV/AIDS are

the Children and World Relief receive

security in low-income

all examples of PFDA.

financial support to implement

countries.

foreign assistance, as well.

The positive impact of PFDA is evident in the numbers of people who have been helped. Through the assistance of USAID programming, Over 3 million lives are saved each year through USAID immunization programs.

1.5 million children have been protected from preventable diseases.

Almost 100,000 households in over 21 countries have gained access to clean water.

Millions of entrepreneurs around the world (many of them women) have started or improved small businesses.

At less than 1% of our federal budget, PFDA has a considerable and positive impact in changing the lives of the impoverished worldwide. As Christians, we care about the people empowered out of poverty through these programs; they are our brothers and sisters. They are unable to vote in our elections, or advocate to our elected officials (you) concerning the necessity and importance of these programs. Informed by their perspective, and with their blessing we take a stand and speak up to protect PFDA.

Our hope is that these life saving programs remain funded and that they may be effective and efficient. We want to see a future in which people are able to flourish without the assistance of organizations and governments, one where they are empowered to provide for themselves. Until such a time as this happens, we believe that U.S. government assistance in invaluable.

As you look through the rest of this booklet, see the faces of individuals who care about the good the U.S. government is doing abroad through PFDA. See the names of people in your country, state, and district who want you to use your voice and vote to stand up for people in extreme poverty. Will you listen? Will you join us? Will you protect Poverty-Focused Development Aid in future budget negotiations?

We pray God guides you, and blesses you as you are burdened with both great power and responsibility.


Dear Congressional Leaders, As you seek to reduce our nation’s deficit I recognize that tough decisions must be made. Here’s where I stand. I stand with people in extreme poverty, and humbly ask that you ensure life saving aid programs remain effective and efficient. I believe it is critical and possible for our nation to reduce the deficit while continuing to save lives around the world. I recognize the difficulty of your task, and am thankful for your service. God bless you. My prayers are with you.


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“As the wealthiest nation on Earth, I believe the United States has a moral obligation to lead the fight against hunger and malnutrition...” - President Barack Obama

“One of the programs I am proudest of is the effort that began under President George W. Bush with robust Congressional support to combat AIDS in Africa. Millions of human beings are alive today because the United States and others in the global community are paying for their anti-viral medications…We need to continue this kind of foreign aid investment not just in PEPFAR, but in malaria control, vaccine programs and agriculture initiatives so that we can make similar strides in preventing hunger and establishing a healthier global community.” -Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)


“Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing.� - Audrey Hepburn


“For the United States, supporting international development is more than just an expression of our compassion. It is a vital investment in the free, prosperous, and peaceful international order that fundamentally serves our national interest.� - Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State,


“Global poverty is one of the most pressing moral challenges we face today. Yet, it’s more than just a moral problem that billions of people around the world are struggling to survive. It is also in our national security interests that we reduce global poverty. Populations that struggle in extreme poverty are more likely to become mired in destabilizing conflicts, or worse, become havens or recruiting grounds for terrorist organizations. This is an issue that we cannot afford to neglect.� - Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA)


“Foreign aid must be viewed as an investment, not an expense.” – Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), State and Foreign Ops Chairwoman

“Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have. Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right to life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud, let us be bold.” - Brad Pitt


“At a time of change and challenge at home and abroad, these investments will enhance the security of Americans, assure the future American leadership, and help build the foundations of peace, stability, and prosperity in the years ahead.” - Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State

“Smart foreign aid is good. In Africa, George W. Bush did a great thing by helping people avoid being decimated by AIDS and Malaria. I do believe that 1% of the budget we have in foreign assistance needs to be maintained. Foreign assistance is helping friends and allies at a time when we need friends and allies.” - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)


“In many respects, USAID’s efforts can do as much- over the long term- to prevent conflict as the deterrent effect of a carrier strike group or a marine expeditionary force.” - Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan Lieutenant General John Allen


“Foreign Assistance is not an end in itself. The purpose of aid must be to create the conditions where it is no longer needed.� - President Barack Obama


“Proactively investing in stronger societies and human welfare is far more effective and efficient than responding after state collapse.� - U.S. National Security Strategy


“Foreign aid is not an issue of left and right. It’s about right and wrong. In the toughest times, the choices we make reflect our deepest character and values.” - Richard Stearns, President of World Vision


“We live in a completely interdependent world, which simply means we can not escape each other. How we respond to AIDS depends, in part, on whether we understand this interdependence. It is not someone else’s problem. This is everybody’s problem.” - President Bill Clinton


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