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Eastern Partners with Bread for the World to Create Online Foreign Assistance Program

February 27, 2012
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Bread for the World announces a new partnership with Eastern University and Asbury Theological Seminary of Wilmore, KY to produce an online curriculum for evangelical Christian seminaries and colleges on global poverty and foreign assistance. The coursework and its diverse resources will examine the connection between Christian advocacy and U.S. foreign assistance.

“We are thrilled to be working with Bread for the World and Asbury Theological Seminary to assemble materials that will help graduate and undergraduate students think and pray through issues of U.S.foreign assistance,” said Dr. David Bronkema, director of international development programs and chair of the School of Leadership and Development at Eastern University. “We are delighted that Bread for the World is taking seriously those of us committed to the intersection of evangelism and international development.”

This project stems from an evangelical consultation at Wheaton College in May 2010, titled Government, Global Poverty and God’s Mission in the World. The declaration developed as a result of the dialogue.

“The consultation’s purpose was to strengthen the understanding of how evangelical Christians approach government and God’s mission in the world,” said Sandra Joireman, professor of politics and international relations at Wheaton College and a Bread board member. “This new curriculum will equip teachers in colleges, seminaries, and churches to be faithful stewards of their political voice on issues of grave concern to the church worldwide -- hunger and poverty.”

The curriculum contains four broad categories:
Theology of Poverty in Today’s World explores how Scripture defines poverty and evaluates the effectiveness of poverty responses coming from Christian organizations.
Should Christians Engage in Government? examines how Scripture defines the role of government and looks at ways Christians from varying traditions have worked with local, state, national, and international governments.
Government Initiatives against Global Poverty outlines the nature of foreign assistance, the tools governments use to engage it, and the primary arguments for and against government-instituted foreign assistance.
Christian Advocacy for U.S. Government Foreign Assistance analyzes Christian influence on government actions to reduce global poverty, using case studies of Christian organizations such as Bread for the World.

“As Asbury Theological Seminary becomes more deeply engaged with our Christian partners around the globe, we want to follow in the rich Wesleyan tradition of advocating for the poor and marginalized,” said Terry Muck, dean of the Seminary’s E. Stanley School for World Mission and Evangelism.

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision-makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Eastern University is a Pennsylvania Christian University which integrates faith, reason and justice into all programs for its 4,200 students.

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