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Your Story is Your Advocacy

© 2012 Annila Harris/World Vision

© 2012 Annila Harris/World Vision

“Advocacy is about building relationships to achieve goals. We tend to focus upward towards our elected officials when we think of advocacy. But that focus can obscure the important relationships that are at the heart of our advocacy—people who are hungry or living in poverty. Our most authentic advocacy is done when we are in relationship with those that we are assisting.”

-Mary Getz, Bread for the World

Women of Vision do amazing advocacy work.  Some of you attend meetings with Congress, others make phone calls and some of you may not feel that advocacy is your calling- but what you do not understand is that your voice is your advocacy.  You may be more than an advocate than you thought.

Every time that you share your story- tell somebody about something you read, a place you traveled or an event that made your heart ache, you are being an advocate.  To advocate is simply to speak out, whether it is to your member of Congress or the person next door.  You can use words, actions or photos. There are so many stories in this world of the voiceless, you can be their voice.

Mary Getz of the Episcopal Policy Network shares her story of when she first learned this on a trip to Honduras.  A farmer helped her realize the power of her voice, read the full store here.

 

Speak out for those who cannot speak,
for the rights of all the destitute. 
Speak out, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

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