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Join Micah's Challenge to Our Next President

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By Jason Fileta

We are officially in the heat of the election. Secret videos, name calling, and robocalls are all queued up. I feel saturated with promises, discouraged at the disunity in our nation, and tempted to just ignore it all. Here is what keeps my attention: Though millions of people around the world living in extreme poverty will be affected by our next president's decisions, neither candidate has said how they will tackle the issue. Recently, in addressing the Circle of Protection, both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney focused on domestic poverty and hunger, but there was a massive hole in their speeches: global poverty. 

What happens in the White House affects everyone’s house—even in a rural village halfway around the world. President George W. Bush showed us the impact that a U.S. president can have on the global poor—last year alone, 3.9 million people with HIV/AIDS received life-saving antiretroviral therapy because of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  There are 3.9 million people alive today because of poverty-focused development aid, and they must continue to receive support. The recipients of this assistance cannot vote in our election to ensure that they continue receiving life-saving support—that's where you come in!

“Micah’s Challenge to Our Next President” is a national grassroots effort of Christ followers lending their voices to people in extreme poverty. We are proclaiming our Christ-centered concern for people in extreme poverty, and urging our next President to share that concern.  Add your voice at: http://www.micahchallengeusa.org/lend-your-voice

Jason_filetaJason Fileta is director of Micah Challenge USA. Bread for the World serves as part of the Micah Challenge executive committee. 

 

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