Baptist Global Response
When Southern Baptists observe their annual World Hunger Sunday on Oct. 14, they will be called to act out the powerful love of Jesus, who the Bible says was "moved with compassion" for people in desperate need.
Scripture recounts several instances, like the one recorded in Matthew 14:14, when Jesus saw a large crowd, was moved with compassion for them, and took powerful action to meet their needs. The Greek word translated 'compassion' refers to tender emotions, deeply felt feelings, or a deep churning in a person's spirit. We might call it "gut wrenching."
That kind of compassion compels a response, and Baptist Global Response offers multiple ways to get involved. You can discover some of the avenues by clicking on the Updates, Donate, Volunteer, Pray, and Media tabs above. You also can engage the hunger issue by planning to participate in World Hunger Sunday on Oct. 14, using the resources and suggested listed below.
Since its inception in 1974, Southern Baptists have given more than $235 million through their World Hunger Fund to meet hunger needs both at home and abroad. In 2010, more than $4.5 million was given, but as recently as 2005 Southern Baptists were giving $6 million a year to the offering.
Hunger needs have not subsided, however. Nor has God's love for hungry people diminished. The Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund reaches hungry people in the farthest reaches of the world, helping families survive disaster and famine, providing clean water, improving health and nutrition -- and all along helping people discover how to have hope and purpose in life.
Below is a list of resources, drawn from several different Southern Baptist ministries, that you can use to help your church understand the hunger needs that claim thousands of lives each day - and mobilize them to make a life-changing difference in the lives of suffering people. We pray Southern Baptists will continue to demonstrate that they are a people who care for people in need. We believe we have barely begun to see all God wants to do to help a hungry world experience the life-changing power of his love.
Clicking the Media tab above will take you to a range of useful resources -- videos and a prayer guide -- for promoting World Hunger Sunday and mobilizing your congregation or other group to engage the issue of hunger.
World Hunger 101, a two-hour churchwide event that explores the issue of world hunger. The downloadable event pack includes suggestions about ways to introduce the topic and how to consolidate a full understanding of issues related to hunger. Each age-level session plan includes promotion ideas and hunger project ideas. World Hunger 101 is available for download at www.wmustore.com, where you also can find the popular World Hunger Bread Bank.
A wide variety of resources also can be found at www.worldhungerfund.com, the homepage for the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund. Among the free downloadable resources available are bulletin inserts, the World Hunger Fund logo, mini-poster ads, videos and a PowerPoint presentation, soup can labels to create receptacles for WHF donations, a mini coloring book depicting real people whose lives are being touched through Southern Baptist hunger ministries, and a drama script that can be used to educate church groups on the Christian mandate to minister to the poor. The site also has low-cost items such as "Impact World Hunger," a four-page publication, sized for easy placement in most church bulletins, that also can be used as a stand-alone informational handout.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's website, erlc.com/hunger, provides topical articles on biblical directives for combating hunger and poverty and how to begin a hunger ministry, as well as sermons like "Do Justice to the Afflicted and Needy."
Domestic hunger issues are important too. You can find an excellent array of resources on combating hunger in North America at www.namb.net/hunger.
World hunger awareness and fundraising event ideas
Here are a few ideas to help you get started planning a successful world hunger awareness and/or fundraising event for your church, Bible study, youth group and/or community. Incorporate your own creativity to suit your group's interests. (Click on the names of the activities to download.)
1. f30 Weekend – A fun way to help people, young and old, become aware of and impact world hunger. This event is also great for team building, prayer, fasting, college campuses, or weekend retreats.
2. Harvest Festival – Incorporate hunger awareness in your harvest festival. A variety of educational activities designed to help children better understand world hunger and what they can do to make a difference.
3. Hunger Meal – An activity that will help you focus on the lifestyle of many in our world and on their daily struggle for food.
4. Run for Their Lives – A 5k run to raise funds. Instead of “running for your life”, this is truly a race to “Run for Their Lives”. This is a great and simple idea to raise money and community awareness for world hunger.
5. Progressive Hunger Meal – A creative way to illustrate how challenging it is to deal with struggles many people around the world experience each and every day, including that of having a simple meal.
6. Box Social – Revisit a common way, used in pioneer days, to raise funds for causes such as World Hunger.
7. World Hunger speaker -- If you would like to request a speaker (a field practitioner) for your group's world hunger event or for a world hunger focused church service, please contact Jeff Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
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