April 29th, 2013 at 7:00 am
Dinnertime for Jana is a nervous time. In her family’s two-bedroom apartment, there often isn’t enough food on the table to fill each young person’s stomach. If she serves herself enough to satisfy her hunger, she’s punished. After all, her full stomach means another family member goes without.
At Touching Miami with Love, that’s not an issue. There’s plenty for everyone at the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering-supported ministry that serves the Overtown community in Miami, Fla.
“No one, let alone a youth, should have to be uneasy when it comes to eating or serving a meal that’s needed for nourishment,” wrote Jason Pittman, executive director of Touching Miami With Love.
Jana’s situation is typical of the extremely impoverished community the ministry serves. All of the children are on school free lunch programs. Family incomes average less than $9,000 a year. Unemployment rates are high.
Funds from the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering make a free healthy evening meal possible for every student that comes. The gathering meets a physical need. It also opens the door for ministry staff members to visit with young people and minister to them. Over a table of food, staff members become second families for the young people.
The ministry tells the students that Texas Baptists make the meal possible, which further opens the door to share about the impact Christ can have on a person’s life.
“It’s been wonderful,” Pittman said. “One of the most fun things is we tell them where the money comes from. We tell them there is this group of believers who cares about you and wants to help you.”
This Mother’s Day, will you help feed young people like those in Overtown? Texas Baptists are encouraging churches to honor their mothers by receiving a special offering for the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. By working together, Texas Baptists are striving to raise $1 million in one day for the hungry.
You can make a difference now by giving online at www.1day1million.com. After all, each person is a mother’s child. And every mother’s child deserves a meal.
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