May 23rd, 2013 at 11:47 am
Texas Baptist mothers care so deeply. This Mother’s Day, their congregations honored them by caring for those who do not know where they will find their next meal.
Churches across the state participated in Texas Baptists’ first Mother’s Day offering, receiving funds for the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. The convention’s goal was to raise $1 million in one day, which is more than the $700,000 2013 budget of the hunger offering, in hopes of supporting even more Texas ministries.
Texas Baptists’ Executive Director David Hardage commended Texas Baptists for their generosity. Funds still are coming to the convention as a result of the offering. Hardage indicated no matter what the final receipts total, congregations have helped people in need.
“I continue to hear really neat reports about what happened on Mother’s Day from our churches,” Hardage told the convention’s Executive Board. “We’re probably not going to reach $1 million, but in a few years … we as Baptists are going to come together and raise $1 million.”
Troy Allen, pastor of First Baptist Church in College Station, agreed that the offering has a bright future.
First Baptist Church provides food for about 1,000 people a month through its food pantry, so it knows intimately the hunger needs of the state. The Mother’s Day offering was an opportunity to make an impact across Texas.
“We are acutely aware of the hunger needs across the state,” Allen said. “This was a great opportunity to cooperate with other Texas Baptists to meet a great need.”
In 2013, Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo will set a record for its giving to the hunger offering in a year thanks in part to participating in the Mother’s Day offering.
“I think the Mother’s Day campaign was a great idea and I commend David Hardage for stressing the offering in this way,” Pastor Taylor Sandlin said. “I’m also very proud of the way my church responded. I can almost guarantee that we’ll have an even bigger effort next year.”
First Baptist Church in Commerce also received a special Mother’s Day offering. The congregation believed it was another way to meet physical and spiritual needs.
“First Baptist Commerce gives every fifth Sunday to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering ,” said Jeff Johnson, the church’s pastor and Baptist General Convention of Texas president. “We sensed a conviction to participate in the additional Mother’s Day offering because of how we have seen and experienced lives changed due to this offering. This offering helps provide for a basic need.”
Civil war displaced 190,000 people in the Central African Republic, including Isabelle, a young mother who fled her home with nothing. Full Story »
I have black-and-white pictures of a beautiful teenage girl wearing a simple dress and a look on her face that says, “I love life and can’t wait to live more of it.” Full Story »
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. Full Story »