SAN ANTONIO – For Job Gonzalez, cycling 415 miles during the Bike Out Hunger tour April 19-24 wasn’t just a test of his own strength and competition. It was a personal journey driven by the hungry children and families he sees daily as he rides through then the colonias near his home in McAllen, areas that don’t have clean running water or adequate sewer systems. Full Story »
BOGOTA – First Baptist Church loves Bogota and every person in it. The congregation is in a campaign called “First loves Bogota,” which is an effort to share the hope of Christ with every person in the city. Full Story »
ALVIN – Though the process of renovation was long and trying, South Park Baptist Church has emerged from the destruction caused by Hurricane Ike 18 months later to stand restored and more dedicated than ever before to reaching its community for Christ. Full Story »
May 30, next Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger 5th Sunday Promotion | Check www.texasbaptists.org/worldhunger for promotion videos and resources.
We Have No Hunger in Whitehouse, Texas!
Ray Davis, pastor of First Baptist Church Whitehouse, Texas, a predominantly upper middle class city close to Tyler, was like most of his church members and neighbors when asked the question, “Where do you find hungry children in Whitehouse?” Until recently, his answer would likely have been, “Hungry children??” “In Whitehouse??”
Until the day when one of his congregants, a third-grade teacher at Higgins Elementary, said to him, “You won’t believe what happened to me today at school! Something I would have never guessed would have happened at MY school in Whitehouse, Texas!”
It was Monday morning and this teacher had her lunch sitting on her desk. One of her third-grade boys came up and asked her, “Is that your lunch?” She replied that it was as she continued to write on the board. About that time, the little boy grabbed the sack and ran out into the hall. When the teacher found him, he was stuffing the contents of the lunch into his mouth as fast as he could choke it down.
“Why did you take my lunch?” she asked him as she walked him to the principal’s office. He said, “I haven’t had much to eat all weekend, and I’m hungry.” The little 9-year old boy considered the cost and decided it was worth it…grab what you can, get a few bites, even if you do get in trouble.
This story was so disturbing to this teacher, her pastor, and other members of First Baptist, that it compelled them to answer the serious question, “Does Whitehouse have children who come to school on Monday morning and are hungry from eating very little all weekend??”
The result has been a wonderful project coordinated and funded by First Baptist Whitehouse and, as of now, the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger. Using the East Texas Food Bank model, volunteers from the church sent letters to all the children in Higgins on the free lunch program explaining the Backpack Kids program they were starting. They then bought backpacks from the Food Bank and now fill them every Thursday with non-perishable food to be sent home with children who have a signed permission slip on Fridays.
Out of 287 children on free lunch in Higgins Elementary, 90-100 children go home every weekend with a backpack full of food.
Ray Davis and members for First Baptist Church Whitehouse decided to stare into the face of hunger in their community rather than looking away and make a difference in the lives of precious children in need. These volunteers admitted there are indeed hungry children in Whitehouse, and it is unacceptable when we have resources to do something about it!
If you are interested in starting a backpack program in your school, please contact Joyce Gilbreath, email@example.com, 214-828-5190.
Because you give, we are able to give back to those in need.
Ending Underage Drinking, Tobacco and Drug-use
This spring, the CLC has been working with one of our partner organizations, Texans Standing Tall, to educate Texans on ways to make alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs irrelevant in the lives of youth. The CLC has presented information on legislative action in the 2009 session at two regional forums in San Antonio and Austin. City and county employees, school district and university officials, drug and alcohol treatment counselors and members of non-profit organizations all participated in these forums and worked together to find local and state-level solutions to end underage usage. Among the bills the CLC has presented is keg registration, one of our key issues during the 2011 session. The next forum is on April 22 in Midland, and the last forum in the 2010 series in on May 11 in Lubbock. Please see the calendar of events for more information.
Statewide Summits on the Trafficking and Exploitation of Children
Texas Baptists is proud to have sponsored two statewide summits, in Dallas and Houston, to raise awareness on the trafficking and exploitation of children. The summits were hosted by Children at Risk, a Houston-area non-profit. Tomi Grover, Director of Community and Restorative Justice in the Advocacy/Care Center at the BGCT, spoke to a captive audience about the importance of engaging the faith community in ending childhood slavery. Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D- San Antonio), Rep. Randy Weber (R- Pearland), and Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D- Houston), Rep. Carol Kent (D- Dallas), Rep. Rafael Anchia (D- Dallas), and Rep. Paula Pierson (D- Arlington) participated in panel discussions on the upcoming 2011 session. Other local and statewide officials including Attorney General Greg Abbott and staff from the TABC and the FBI discussed law enforcement and best practices for childhood exploitation prevention and treatment. The CLC is dedicated to working with these state officials to increase awareness on this issue during the 2011 legislative session.
Students from Baptist University of the Americas Visit Austin
The CLC Austin Office was delighted to host Patty Villarreal’s Ministry and Community class from Baptist University of the Americas last week at the Texas Capitol. The students are interested in social work and community ministries and how public policy affects the lives of those they hope to minister too. The day began with a tour of the capitol building, followed by in-depth presentations and conversations about the CLC, including what the CLC does during a legislative session, how predatory lending affects the state of Texas, and how they as college students can combat human trafficking. The students ended the day with a visit to the office of Rep. David Leibowitz (D-San Antonio) whose district includes the BUA campus. The representative’s chief-of-staff discussed the legislative process and internship options with the class. We were delighted to host the group and are happy to welcome similar groups interested in the legislative work of the CLC.
ALCOHOL, TOBACCO & ADDICTION
- New FDA rules will greatly restrict tobacco advertising and sales
- Survey: Prom night drinking still pervasive — and deadly
- Analysis – Obama council report partial victory for church-state separation
- Florida Senate committee advances funds for religious groups | Constitutional amendment would free up state money
- Academic gains being made by English-language learners
- Baptists decry Texas education board’s curriculum votes
- Gaddy urges textbook publishers to ignore new Texas standards
- Hispanic Baptist leaders become education advocates
- Historians blast proposed Texas social studies curriculum
- The Texas curriculum controversy: “Don’t know much about his-to-ry”
- China pulling ahead in world clean-energy race | Asian nation leads all in investing in wind, solar power; U.S. sees decline
- Emissions limits, greater fuel efficiency for cars, light trucks made official
- EPA to study natural-gas drilling’s effect on water
- Local solar projects win stimulus grants
- EDITORIALS & OPINIONS | ‘Gaming’ would be a mark of failure for Texas
- Speaker Straus’ Other Horse Race Featured
- Texas Could ‘Play The Odds’ With Slot Machines
- We Can Always Build More Casinos, Right?
Desperate states looking for money in gambling and drinking may well be out luck, because a sin tax isn’t all that helpful when people aren’t sinning
- Where will Texas find money to fill budget gap?
HUNGER & POVERTY
- Applying for food stamps isn’t easy, audit says
- Audit: Texas must improve food stamp system
- Food stamp frustration is valid, state audit report says
- Reading the Bible through the lens of poverty affects interpretation
- Schools will again offer summer meals
- Summer Food Crisis Imminent For Many Dallas Children
- SAN ANGELO HUNGER INITIATIVE: We need your help
- TEXAS HUNGER INITIATIVE: Group hopes to combat hunger on summer break
- UTA students confront poverty on mission trip
- Attorney General Abbott Takes Action Against Cameron County Colonias Development
- Poll finds religious support for comprehensive immigration reform
- A culture of debt, a culture of thrift
- Analysis: Churches can help poor people avoid predatory lending trap
- Banks Making Big Profits From Tiny Loans
- Payday Loan Shops Exploit a Loophole | Consumer groups want regulation of “credit service organizations”
DailyFianace.com Costly Cash Payday Loans Series:
- 1st Costly Cash: The Great Recession Is Paying Off for Pawnshops and Payday Lenders
- 2nd Costly Cash: How a Retiree Wound Up With a 375% Loan
- 3rd Costly Cash: In Texas, Towns Try Zoning Out Payday Lenders
- 4th Costly Cash: Don’t Expect Federal Regulators to Protect You From Payday Loans
- 5th Costly Cash: Where to Turn If You’re Strapped for Money
Currently, only about 9% of eligible children in Dallas are being fed through the summer – 91% of eligible kids will be hungry?!
Community Care in Advocacy Care is working with the Texas Hunger Initiative, Dallas Baptist Association and the Dallas Food Planning Association to assist in Summer Feeding of the children in Dallas.
Here is some information of an opportunity in a local missions project to work with their mobile distribution endeavors through Central Dallas Ministries. They need groups that will commit to a week at a time – a schedule is at the bottom – they will do trainings on Monday mornings for the groups.
The Nurture, Knowledge, & Nutrition Department at Central Dallas Ministries seeks to improve the quality and quantity of meals consumed by children under the age of 18 throughout various urban areas in the city of Dallas. Our goal is to strengthen our connection to the community, which positions us to make a significant change in the lives of thousands of children each day. Through three distinctive program aspects, NKN works directly with both Texas and United States Departments of Agriculture to implement meal service programming that is suitable according to the guidelines and regulation implemented by these entities. Volunteer positions are designed for assisting staff members with the NKN Mobile Summer Food Service program operations and services through many supporting roles.
The Nurture, Knowledge, & Nutrition department is seeking out qualified individuals partake in a 9 week mobile summer food program beginning June 14, 2010. The program will allow students to interact with various community outreach programs for children while incorporating the fundamental values and beliefs of true mission work. Mileage reimbursement of $0.50 per mile in mileage obtained through travel occurred as related to the program (one mileage reimbursement per group 4 individuals) in addition to a daily lunch reimbursement will be provided for each participating individual. The following areas list the primary responsibilities and required standards for each candidate who participates in the program:
- Assist site supervisors in controlling and maintaining lines for participating children.
- Assist with passing out meals to participating children.
- Assistance with controlling and eliminating any leftover trash and/or meals from each location.
- Assisting site supervisors with crowd control.
In addition to these responsibilities, the following requirements are necessary for each group of candidates who are seeking to participate:
- A minimum of one full week (Mon.- Fri 8:30am-5:00pm) of participation
- Reliable transportation and ability to travel frequently throughout the city of Dallas and surrounding areas. (1 car and driver per each route)
- Ability to work in a fast paced environment that requires a lot of one on one interaction
- Basic communication skills including interaction with children, crowd control, etc.
As noted in the requirements, is group is asked to dedicate a MINIMUM of 1 FULL week (Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm). Please choose from the following weeks:
- June 14- June 18
- June 21- June 25
- June 28- July 2
- July 5- July 9
- July 12- July 16
- July 19- July 23
- July 26- July 30
- August 2- August 6
- August 9- August 13
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ashley Douglas, Program Manager
Nurture, Knowledge, & Nutrition
Central Dallas Ministries
409 N. Haskell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246
P: 214-828-1085 Ext. 140