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Old 06-10-2005, 07:28 AM   #1
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The ONE campaign is catching steam

I found this link on www.relevantmagazine.com.
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, is partnering with Billy Graham and other evangelical leaders in writing a high profile advocacy letter to President Bush on behalf of those living in extreme poverty.


Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, is joining the Rev. Billy Graham, John Stott and other evangelical leaders in writing a high profile advocacy letter to President Bush on behalf of those living in extreme poverty. This is pretty amazing. Please read the letter (below) that Rick emailed to 150,000 evangelical pastors this past weekend and prayerfully consider, not only becoming more involved yourself, but who in leadership you should pass this letter along to. Anyone who isn't in church leadership can still print the form at the bottom, fill it out, and send it to:

The ONE Campaign
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Washington, DC* 20005


Your voice WILL be heard and you will make a tangible difference!
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June 3, 2005

Dear co-worker in Christ,

I have a simple request -- but it could determine whether millions live or die.

You've probably read in the papers about "The ONE Campaign: To Make Poverty History" that's been endorsed by a wide coalition of folks from all across the faith and political spectrum. Helping the hurting is something we all want to do.

I've never been involved in partisan politics -- and don't intend to do so now -- but global poverty is an issue that rises far above mere politics. It is a moral issue … a compassion issue … and because Jesus commanded us to help the poor, it is an obedience issue! He told us to do all we can to alleviate the pain of our brothers and sisters: "Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40, NKJV)

That's why John Stott, Billy Graham, and many other evangelical leaders are joining me in lending our names and prayers to this campaign. I deeply believe that if we as evangelicals remain silent and do not speak up in defense of the poor, we lose our credibility and our right to witness about God's love for the world: "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?" (1 John 3:17, NIV)

We are blessed to be a blessing to others, and certainly America, as the most blessed nation on our planet, has the greatest obligation to help those who are stuck in poverty around the world. Last month, I was in Kenya and Uganda, and then in Rwanda where the average income in that nation is 67 cents a day! Imagine trying to raise a family on that.

If you were hopelessly in debt, with no chance of ever getting out of debt -- or even your children getting out of debt -- you'd despair. But if someone cancelled all your debts -- as the Bible commanded Israel to often do -- you'd have the hope of a new future. The poor aren't asking for a handout -- they just need a hand up!

This summer, at the G8 conference, our nation has a historic opportunity to lead the world by showing a visible and significant commitment to the fight against global poverty, hunger, and disease. In early July, President Bush will gather together with leaders from the world's eight wealthiest nations in Edinburgh, Scotland, to discuss these very issues -- especially in Africa.

We all grieved when 250,000 lives were lost in the tsunami in Southeast Asia. But there is a health tsunami of that proportion in Africa every 12 days!

What can we do? For the past two years, I've had 4,500 of our Saddleback members quietly testing a prototype of our global P.E.A.C.E. Plan in 47 countries. It is a strategy for small groups in churches to show compassion. Once we have the template perfected, we'll share it with every church that's interested.

But there is something much simpler that you can do right now: Join me and other evangelical leaders in an open letter to President Bush that encourages him -- with our support and prayers -- to take specific, measurable actions to fight poverty, hunger, and disease at the G8 summit. Below is a copy of the text of this open letter we're sending.

All I need you to do is e-mail me back at rick@peace.gs giving your name and title, and I'll add your name to the list. Also you can visit www.one.org for more information.

If you can send a copy of your signature (preferably in a jpeg format) to add to the bottom of the letter, that would be great, but don't let that delay your response. We'd rather hear from you now.

Thanks in advance for showing your compassion for those suffering from disease, hunger, and poverty.

May God bless your ministry,

Dr. Rick Warren
Pastor, Saddleback Church
Author, The Purpose Driven Life


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Dear President Bush,
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Because:
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ONE billion people around the world live on less than ONE dollar a day;
The US government spends less than ONE percent on overcoming global AIDS and poverty;
Citizens are uniting as ONE across political and religious divides to support action to overcome the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty.

At the G8 leaders meeting on July 6th we urge you to:
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Help the poorest people of the world fight poverty, AIDS and hunger at a cost equal to just ONE percent more of the US budget on a clear timetable;
Cancel 100% of the debts owed by the poorest countries;
Reform trade rules so poor countries can earn sustainable incomes.

We urge you to lead an historic deal with other nations to help Africa and the poorest nations overcome global AIDS and extreme poverty. Together as ONE, we can Make Poverty History this July.
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Sincerely,*****
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Address:*********** ____________________________________
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City, State:*********** ____________________________________
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Zip code:************ ____________________________________
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Old 06-10-2005, 07:54 AM   #2
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Thank you for posting this.Iam so very proud to be part of ONE

We can do such much once we decide to change our world in a positive way
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I know! Isn't this an exciting time? I really feel that some special things are going to happen this year. With the ONE campaign doing well, U2's on tour raising awareness, Bono's still lobbying for the poor, there's the Live8 concerts coming up and the MakePovertyHistory campaign is doing well too. Then, the book "God's Politics," is changing people as well, including views on Africa and AIDS.

I really think if we all do our part to help the poor in this world, the world will be changed dramatically this year. Changing the world isn't as tough as it used to be.
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Nowadays my advertisement in AIM is almost always for the One Campaign. Sometimes they show Bono but usually they show Brad Pitt.
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that's 'cause brad's prettier
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Yeah, all of this stuff is really exciting!
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Old 06-11-2005, 02:24 AM   #8
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Listen i'm very hesitant to get speak high volume praise about evangelical leaders, but Rick Warren is such a great guy...as my dad iand grandpa are both pastors involved in the southern baptist convention who have some real big pastor connections, i've been able to meet the man...great guy...really big guy too...this makes me so excited to see!
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This letter was originally talked about in this thread:

http://forum.interference.com/showth...5&pagenumber=3

As I said then, PLEASE download the letter, make as many copies of it as possible, have as many people you know sign it as possible and then send then back to DATA in Washington DC.

This is a SPECIAL ACTION REQUEST that DATA and ONE are putting out to supporters for June to put EXTRA PRESSURE on Pres. Bush to fulfill the commitments he has made to Africa during the G8 meeting in Scotland in July.

But I agree with coemgen, The ONE Campaign is catching steam because it is the RIGHT THING TO DO!
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Old 06-12-2005, 01:36 PM   #11
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I signed the ONE petition today.

I want to order a set of the ONE bands, but wasn't there an issue raised last week about where they (the bands) were being made? (The answer being China, where there are still plenty of human rights issues.) Or am I confusing two different issues? I understand there are manufacturing costs, I just want to know WHO'S receiving my hard-earned money, you know?
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jsut a quick question....when the one campaign says," were not looking for your money, were looking for your voice", arent they looking for our voice to pressure the us government to give more money for aid? and wont that money come out of taxpayers money? so in reality arent they really looking for our money in a way? or are they just looking for americans to go to africa and help? i was just thinking about it the other day when i saw the commerical...
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I think Bush is one of the men that recieves more mails and letters in the world. Hope this can help change the status quo.
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i love my wristband.
me too...it's such a great way of getting a dialogue started when someone says "what's that one for?" and i tell them.

now it's getting to the point where when people ask me what it is and i tell them, the response is "oh yeah, i want one!"
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