As followers of Christ we are called
to “love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action” (1 John 3:18). One way to put love into action is to develop a proposal for an International Development Mini-Grant in support of the Millennium Development Goals.
The eight Millennium Development Goals
were established by the United Nations and have been adopted by the Episcopal Church as a mission priority. In simplified form, they are:
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental stability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
By working to achieve these goals
, we continue Christ’s ministry “to bring good news to the poor…, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18).
Each year, the Diocese of Iowa funds grants
for international development projects. At least 0.7% of the estimated net disposable diocesan income is designated for this purpose. The 2013 budget line is $7,739. Development mini-grants provide funding for projects that promote justice and peace by addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty in local situations.
In 2012, grants were awarded for: