EDITOR’S NOTE: On Global Hunger Sunday, Oct. 11, Southern Baptist congregations will address the hunger crisis across North America and around the world by receiving special offerings. Donations received are channeled through Global Hunger Relief, which uses 100 percent of each gift to meet hunger needs.
NASHVILLE (BP) — One in 10 people worldwide go hungry on a daily basis, and on Global Hunger Sunday (Oct. 11), churches will access a wide array of resources to mobilize their members to fight the global hunger crisis.
A brief downloadable video from globalhungerrelief.com features Southern Baptist leaders Russell Moore, Kevin Ezell and David Platt appealing for Christians to both show and share the “extravagant love” of Christ with hungry souls. The video—which can be used to introduce a congregation to the hunger issue—was previewed during the SBC annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, in June.
The Global Hunger Relief website offers other free promotional resources, from bulletin inserts and children’s coloring pages to videos and the long-popular soup can labels.
Several of the other national GHR partners also offer free or low-cost promotional resources on their websites:
The North American Mission Board (www.namb.net/hunger-relief) provides helpful items like fundraising ideas, testimonials about the impact of hunger giving and background material for sermon preparation. Visitors also will find practical resources like Beginning a Hunger Ministry and a one-hour witnessing workshop for hunger ministry workers.
The International Mission Board website (www.imb.org) houses literally hundreds of resources on world hunger. Visitors can download bulletin inserts and videos, photos and stories from all over the world. One new item is a simple packet that helps churches add a global hunger emphasis to their fall festival or Trunk or Treat events. IMB’s free world hunger brochure also is available at www.imbresources.org.
The Baptist Global Response website hosts a dedicated GHR page at www.gobgr.org/hunger. Visitors to BGRís website also will find other resources for promoting World Hunger Sunday, including short videos, inspiring stories, bulletin inserts, and strategic prayer requests for hunger related projects around the world.
Woman’s Missionary Union (www.wmustore.com) offers World Hunger 101, a two-hour, church-wide event that explains how to consolidate a full understanding of hunger-related issues and offers age-level session plans with promotion and hunger project ideas. The WMU store also offers the popular bread banks—which visually illustrate GHR’s “Bread for life” tag line—and a World Hunger badge children can earn in missions education groups.
Global Hunger Reliefís unique “dollar in, dollar out” strategy allows Southern Baptists to direct 100 percent of each donation to hunger causes, because church gifts through the Cooperative Program provide the administrative and implementing infrastructure for hunger relief projects. Global Hunger Sunday donations are channeled to strategic ìword and deedî compassion ministries that meet short-term needs with an eye toward long-term life improvement.
The national GHR partners are the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, North American Mission Board, International Mission Board, Baptist Global Response, Woman’s Missionary Union, LifeWay Christian Resources and SBC Executive Committee.
Mark Kelly leads the International Mission Board’s human needs communications team. Learn more about Global Hunger Relief at www.globalhungerrelief.com or on Twitter (twitter.com/globalhunger) or Facebook (facebook.com/GlobalHungerRelief). Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress) and in your email (baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP).