Fort Wayne seminary student’s ONE Campaign work strives for an end to extreme poverty, preventable diseases worldwide

Paul Morrison, a student at Concordia Theological Seminary, also is the 3rd District Congressional Leader with the ONE Campaign, which works worldwide to end extreme poverty and the spread of preventable diseases. (Courtesy of Paul Morrison)

Concordia Theological Seminary student Paul Morrison has always given of his time to help those in need, and he expanded that help internationally by getting involved in the ONE Campaign.

The ONE Campaign, which was co-founded by Bono of the rock band U2, works around the world to end extreme poverty and the spread of preventable diseases, such as AIDS, said Morrison, 56, a Fort Wayne native who is completing his fourth and final year at the seminary.

He’ll be in Washington, D.C., this Saturday through Tuesday to take part in the ONE Campaign’s ONE Power Summit, where he will help train newer ONE activists.

He and others from Indiana also will meet with Indiana U.S. Sen. Todd Young and/or his staff to talk about the importance of the United States continuing to fund aid projects to eliminate poverty worldwide and to protect people from preventable diseases.

The ONE Campaign, which doesn’t issue grants, receives nearly all of its funding from foundations, individual donors and corporations, it says on the nonprofit’s website, www.ONE.org.

Morrison said he previously helped the needy through community organizations he joined while in Fort Wayne and through company programs during his prior career at United Airlines, where jobs took him from Fort Wayne to San Francisco and then Chicago.

He also served for 16 years with the Indiana Air National Guard.

Morrison heard about the ONE Campaign from someone he met and decided to get involved in 2013.

“I would like to help the less fortunate in the United States and around the world,” he said.

Morrison now serves as the ONE Campaign’s 3rd Congressional District Leader. His responsibilities include working to let more people know about the organization and encouraging interested people to lobby their U.S. Congressional representatives to maintain federal funding for the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs budget, which pays for aid projects and programs in impoverished areas overseas.

“One of most attractive aspects of being a Congressional District Leader for the ONE Campaign is that we never ask for money,” Morrison said. “All we ask from individuals in our community is that they make their voices heard with lawmakers to help end extreme poverty and stop the spread of preventable diseases.”

Morrison said he plans to continue his involvement in the ONE Campaign in the future, including after his expected calling this spring to serve as a pastor at a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation.

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For more about the ONE Campaign, go to www.ONE.org.

ONE Campaign is an advocacy organization of about 2 million people in the United States and more than 9 million worldwide working to end extreme poverty globally and top preventable diseases, especially in Africa, the website said.

About 150 people, including four from Indiana, will attend the organization’s ONE Power Summit being held Saturday through Tuesday in Washington, D.C. In addition to training, summit participants will meet with their U.S. Congressional representatives to stress the importance of continuing funding for U.S. aid programs serving impoverished areas worldwide. The Indiana group will meet with Indiana U.S. Sen. Todd Young.

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