January 25th, 2009 at 1:00 pm
The fallout from a struggling economy is always manifold. One the one hand, the demand for hunger and related ministries increases exponentially as people lose jobs and seek help. One the other hand, those who are fortunate enough to keep their jobs tend to be a little more conservative with their resources because they are anxious about the future. Both of these effects present challenges to the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger as the demand for funding escalates and the prospect of income weakens.
While we will surely have more needs to address in the days to come, the prospects for funds for ministry support need not be bleak or weak. The Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger is a grass roots movement built on small gifts. Because there are over 2,000,000 Texas Baptists and over 5,000 congregations, small gifts make a big difference.
Our suggested individual goal for 2009 is to give the cost of one meal once a month to the Offering. If the cost of that meal is $10, for example, we as a denominational family would give a quarter of a billion dollars to help people in need. That’s billion with a ”B”! Just imagine doing that. Imagine the lives that would be impacted, both by the ministries themselves and by the resounding stories of those ministries. Imagine the gift of hope to people bereft of hope. Imagine the witness to God’s amazing and loving intervention to those who thought God – along with everyone else – had forgotten them.
We can do all that with the cost of one meal, once a month. Money we would hardly miss. Just imagine.
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