#For Such a Time: July 2017

FSAT InternationalAsk Congress to Support robust funding for international programs in FY2018 budget 

Together with presiding bishops of the ELCA and the Episcopal church, we PRAY, FAST and ACT in support of federal programs that are vital to hungry people struggling with poverty.

As Lutherans, we are called to “seek sufficient, sustainable livelihood for all,” and to ensure that all God’s children are cared for, no matter where they live. With more than 20 million people at risk of starvation globally, and millions more displaced, the need for foreign assistance is as great as it has ever been. As a church together, let us lift our voices and ask our members of Congress to protect funding for international programs that provide relief and support livelihood for the poorest among us, including funding for the following programs:

  • Development Assistance – U.S. development assistance helps the world’s poorest people obtain access to education and clean water, grow nutritious food, promote economic development, support good governance, respond to climate change, and create more sustainable, self-sufficient democratic societies.  
  • Global Health Programs – These programs help reduce child mortality, slow the spread of diseases such as HIV and AIDS, address health emergencies, and support initiatives such as the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). 
  • International Disaster Assistance – This assistance provides lifesaving aid following natural and human-made disasters, including conflicts, earthquakes, floods and droughts.
  • McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition – This program provides U.S. agricultural products, as well as financial and technical assistance, for school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects in low-income, food-deficit countries that are committed to universal education.
  • Food for Peace Title II -  This food assistance program provides emergency food aid that keeps people alive through natural disasters, conflict, and food security crises.  

(Read more about U.S. International Affairs budget here.) 


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