On July 16, I had the chance to lead a ONE workshop in Center City Philadelphia. The ONE members that came out were engaged and ready to turn compassion into action. I was able to share my passion for faith-based advocacy for the world’s poorest people. I was excited (though not surprised) that most of the people that came out to get involved with ONE spoke openly about their participation in a faith community.
Here’s what ONE’s Brian Sweeney wrote on the ONE Blog about the workshop:
This weekend I was fortunate enough to spend some time with an amazing group of ONE members from across the Tri-State area at a workshop in Philadelphia, Penn. As with the rest of the ONE advocacy workshops going on across the country, we enjoyed a a candid conversation about education, awareness and advocacy for ONE’s issues.
I was extremely impressed with the group’s questions throughout the workshop. They became even more engaged after viewing some Living Proof clips.
Everyone in attendance was very active in sharing ideas about how to recruit ONE members, influence others, make their voices heard and spread the word about global poverty and disease.
This group was also very anxious to get involved and take action. Everyone in attendance wrote letters to their senators to tell them that with current funding, America has already saved 4 million people with life-saving AIDS treatments, vaccinated nearly 300 million children over the last 10 years against deadly diseases, and supported agricultural initiatives that help millions lift themselves out of poverty.
We were able to do all of this for less than 1 percent of the federal budget. They also made sure to urge their senators to please continue to appropriate life-saving programs like the Global Fund, PEPFAR, GAVI and sustainable agriculture programs — and fight against any more cuts.
This was a terrific workshop! I want to thank Pastor Matt Staniz of Temple Lutheran Church and Congressional District Leader Barb Barrar for their help and leadership throughout the workshop!