A Prayer for Clarity: Advocacy and Integral Mission

by Gary A. Haugen

As the church of Jesus Christ enters its third millennium, there are many who find themselves on the cusp of a powerful, new insight. The church is perceiving that hurting people not only need the word and bread, they need a voice as well. This work of providing a voice for the voiceless is referred to by many as the ministry of advocacy. Advocacy is a response to the biblical exhortation of Proverbs 31:8-9.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

for the rights of all who are destitute.

Speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy.