LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky Baptist churches will join in the fight against hunger when they encourage members to give to Global Hunger Relief Offering on Sunday, Oct. 13.
An estimated 820 million worldwide do not have enough to eat, and according to the World Health Organization, that number is the part of an upward trend over the last three years.
In Kentucky, the statistics are not much better. Of the state’s 4.5 million, nearly 1 in 7 are considered food insecure – meaning they have a lack of reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food often caused by economic and social conditions. In North America, this ratio is 1 to 6.
The Kentucky Baptist Convention, in partnership with Southern Baptist Convention Global Hunger Relief, is offering several downloadable resources to help churches bring an awareness of this compassion ministry seeking to meet both physical and spiritual needs. A sample of resources includes:
•How to start a hunger ministry
•How to raise money for hunger relief
•How to increase awareness for hunger relief
•What the Bible says about hunger
For these and other resources, go to www.kybaptist.org/hunger.
“Hunger is real and so is spiritual starvation,” said Eric Allen, leader of Kentucky Baptist Convention Missions Mobilization. “This offering is more than giving away food. It’s about building relationships with people and leading them to a relationship with Christ.”
Allen says 100 percent of all donations made to hunger relief through the KBC are distributed to feed hungry people in Kentucky, North America and the world.
In the U.S., Global Hunger Relief uses the funds to help fill food pantries, provide meals for children in after-school programs, and food for people after major disasters. Internationally, offerings go toward feeding the poverty stricken and help provide clean water, agriculture education and job skills training so families can work to feed themselves.
Baptist Global Relief provided food for half a million people in 5,000 communities worldwide last year, and helped connect people to Jesus, the true bread of life.