ISTA’s commitment to the advocacy towards  justice on behalf of the poor and the oppressed is based on biblical truths  based on the life of Jesus Christ . Scripture constantly emphasizes the importance of showing compassion (Matthew 25:31-46), seeking justice (Isaiah 58:1-14), standing up for what is right (Proverbs 31:8), being empathetic (Micah 6:8). Being empathetic means being in tune with the Almighty.

ISTA seeks to follow the example of Christ, who intervenes on our behalf to God, as our go- between us and God the Almighty. As Christians we are called to be Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), representing Christ to the world and speaking on His behalf. Advocacy is not just responding to individual needs, but influencing policies and structures that create poverty and oppress God’s children.

Proverbs 31:8 says to“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.”