November 6th, 2012 at 9:42 am
AMARILLO – Hands in Service Ministries, with help from the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, recently sent 45 tons of food to help alleviate hunger for impoverished people throughout large portions of Mexico.
The food will be delivered by 256 Christian organizations in nine Mexico states ranging from Guatemala border up through mountainous central Mexico. The supplies will be used in children’s shelters, soup kitchens, street outreaches and to feed families living in extremely rural areas.
The lentel-based dehydrated sustenance supplement comes in 2.2-pound bags that can provide as many as 50 meals a piece. The composition of the rations enables families to easily prepare the meals no matter their means.
Lee Baggett, executive director of Hands in Service Ministries who served as a missionary in Mexico for 42 years, said the meals make a drastic difference in the lives of those who receive them. Poverty in the region where the food will go to is harsh. People suffer from bloated stomachs, swollen legs, stunted development, cracked lips and malnourishment. Farmers in the mountains harvest enough food each year to feed their families for only three months.
“They will be healthier. They will be stronger,” Baggett said of the food delivery’s impact. “They will have stronger defenses from disease.”
The food shipment is made possible by generous donations from people and groups who feel called to help the poor in Mexico.
To Bill Arnold, president of the missions foundation, this food is an important part of the plan to evangelize these parts of Mexico.
“It’s hard to tell people about Jesus who are hungry,” he said. “We see times in the Bible when Jesus fed the people so they could better hear and understand His message. That’s the purpose of this food, and we are very thankful for those who provided it and who are being the presence of Jesus by distributing it to those who are hungry.”
Don Sewell, director of Faith in Action for Baylor Health Care System and chairman of the Hands in Service board, has seen Hands in Service’s efforts to meet human needs lead to significant spiritual decisions. When Christians meet people’s physical needs, individuals see they are cared about. They begin to ask questions and doors open for spiritual conversations.
Sewell believes it is every Christian’s responsibility to reflect the ministry of Christ each day throughout ministries like the food delivery.
“When we pray ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,’ those are marching orders,” Sewell said.
For more information about the variety of life-changing ministries such as Hands in Service that can be supported through the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, call 800-558-8263.
For more information about Hands in Service Ministries, including how to get involved and support its vast array of Christ-centered outreaches, contact Baggett at LBaggett1@gmail.com or write a letter to Hands in Service Ministries, P.O. Box 8875, Amarillo 79114.
Bread for the World has announced its 2014 Offering of Letters to United States senators and representatives. Bread does not send these letters; Bread encourages and empowers individual Christians to conduct this annual letter-writing campaign, and this often occurs through churches.
This year’s effort asks lawmakers to reform United States food aid in times of crisis and to foster long-term solutions to hunger. Specifically, it asks for legislation to pursue three goals:
1) Improve efficiency in international crisis aid by allowing more food to be bought in or near the country where it is needed and by reducing sales of American-grown food in developing countries and instead funding local projects that can provide more sustainable anti-hunger efforts.
2) Enhance the nutritional quality of food aid and better target it to vulnerable people, such as women and children in the first 1,000 days of life.
3) Protect funding for emergency and development food aid.
Bread, which is supported by the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, provides a wide variety of helpful resources to help people understand the issues related to U.S. aid and to help churches organize letter-writing campaigns. It’s a great way to lay a foundation of concern for hunger and poverty in the world, and this concern is firmly rooted in the gospel message of Jesus.
DALLAS – Texas Baptists gave more than $953,000 to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering in 2013 to help address hunger and poverty issues around the world. Full Story »
Can you believe it? You can provide 6 people with a nutritious meal for just ONE DOLLAR! Between now and August 31, you can anyway. The David M. Crowley Foundation has issued a generous $100,000 matching challenge to friends of the North Texas Food Bank. Full Story »