Immigration

December 21, 2013 ...

While a nearby technical college offered ESL classes, there weren’t conversational classes available to immigrants in our community, so that is where Elmbrook Church started. Church volunteers got to know immigrants and their stories, and immigrants were able to practice their English skills. In four years, our services to immigrants have grown: We now offer …

How Christian Mission Can Contribute to Halting Poverty

December 21, 2013 ...

There are nearly 50 million impoverished people in the United States, according to the federal definition of poverty. Fifteen percent of the people in our country don’t have enough money for basic things like food, clothing and shelter. And this overwhelming number speaks only to physical poverty; it doesn’t address other — arguably more important …

Homelessness

December 21, 2013 ...

A common thread with our homeless friends is the absence of relationships. Homelessness must be fought with love — deep, authentic relationships. Churches must wade into the complicated pool and grab onto those who are struggling, not simply throw money, clothes, toys and other stuff at them. Churches should look to partner with nonprofits that …

Foster Care and Adoption

December 21, 2013 ...

Jesus tells us in John 14 that he will not leave us as orphans, but will adopt us into his family, ensuring we have a room in his Father’s house. There are no orphans in heaven! What if we as churches worked together to make sure there are no orphans on earth? Or even no …

Educational Inequality

December 21, 2013 ...

Only about 50 percent of students living in poverty graduate from high school in four years. Children who receive an inadequate education will likely face more struggles later in life — including a higher probability of living in poverty as adults. Churches across the country are helping thousands of classrooms and schools in low-income communities …

Letter to Congress on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

September 12, 2013 ...

Dear Representative, As you determine the policies and appropriations for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), please maintain this vital program at or near its current level of funding, and refrain from enacting policies that could damage our most vulnerable citizens. We are especially concerned about proposals that would limit food aid for some recipients …

A Pastoral Letter about Faith, Finances and the Federal Budget

February 25, 2013 ...

Dear President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi: Throughout two years of budget negotiations, we and other faith leaders have urged you to maintain a Circle of Protection around effective programs focused on hungry and poor people in our country and around the world. This pastoral letter offers …

Hopes for the Administration

December 1, 2012 ...

“Evangelical leaders really want to believe that politicians can come together to resolve our fiscal problems,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “It will take political courage from the President and members of Congress to reduce the deficit while protecting our most vulnerable citizens. We pray that they will get …

Presidential Candidates Tell Christian Leaders How They Will Address High Poverty Numbers

September 12, 2012 ...

“As Christian leaders, we believe that this presidential campaign should include a clear focus on what each candidate proposes to do to provide help and opportunity for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world. We are grateful that the candidates have produced these videos that outline their positions on this …