July 14th, 2011 at 5:59 pm
Next 5th Sunday Emphasis for World Hunger – July 31, 2011.
Show this NEW 5TH Sunday video, Helping the Hungry in Texas, and show your congregation how Michele, now living in Murphy, Texas, struggled with hunger as a child.
Are we making progress in the war on hunger and poverty? Is this a winnable war?
Voices from all parts of the U.S. and the globe are saying yes. At the Bread for the World National Gathering and Lobby Day earlier this month, over 300 advocates from around the world came together to affirm this fact.
We learned that there is significant progress being made to reduce hunger and poverty in our nation and around the world. God is calling out people of faith. We must do more. For true success, we must learn about and get involved in changing the politics of hunger.
In the last 30 years, at home and abroad, according to Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
- 400 million fewer people are hungry.
- 114,000 infants are HIV-free.
- U.S. infant mortality went from 20 in 1,000 to 7 in 1,000.
This tremendous progress could be greatly jeopardized in the next two months, according to Bread for the World Institute, and could take another 30 years to recover.
Devastating legislation which seeks to cut the miniscule 0.6% now appropriated to help the hungry and poor is looming.
The truth is, this small amount, which needs to be more…but certainly not reduced, has not caused our large deficit. We can reduce the deficit and reduce poverty…Congress must make the right choices.
Contact your U.S. Senators today at 1-800-826-3688 and the operator will connect you directly to their offices. If you need to know your Senators’ names, go to http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/, click on Who Represents Me.
Ask them to build a circle of protection around funding for programs for hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad.
- Exempt programs for hungry and poor people from cuts. In the past 30 years under both party leaders, key domestic programs that affect hungry and poor have been exempted. Congress must continue this precedent.
- Revenues and spending cuts must be on the table to achieve deficit reduction so we can continue our commitment to ending hunger and poverty at home and abroad.
- Funding these programs is good for the economy. Low-income families spend their benefits immediately and in their local communities. Every additional dollar of SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) leads to $1.73 in economic growth. (CBPP)
When people of hope engage politically, effective and lasting change can happen.
If we don’t do it, who will?
In 2000, the eight most powerful countries in the world adopted what came to be known as the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. The World Bank 2010 Global Monitoring Reports tells us that the top goal, to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015, is right on track, with the second, to cut hunger in half, not far behind. Two additional goals on track are cutting the proportion of people without access to safe water in half and gender parity in primary school, with universal primary education close behind.
MAKE A DONATION IN MEMORY/HONOR OF SOMEONE
Would you like to remember or honor someone special this year? Instead of a gift that will just collect dust why not make a donation in their name to the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger. Let your gift go much further in doing good work for those who are less fortunate.
5th Sunday Hunger Offering Videos
Next 5th Sunday Emphasis for World Hunger – May 29, 2011. Prepare now. Download 5th Sunday videos