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.
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Right now our youngest daughter is learning to crawl and our older daughter, who is three, is walking as well as her mom and me. As children, we know that we crawl before we walk, and walk before we run. The same is true in your church when it comes to being on mission. Many times people need to do something small before they are ready to do something larger. Here at the BGCT we have mission opportunities for people at every level. Whether it’s you or your church looking to get started, we want to help.
We have Disaster Recovery trips for people of all ages. Next summer we will be launching a new program that gets students involved in disaster recovery work during a weeklong mission experience. If you are ready to expand your missions involvement, we have national and international opportunities through Texas Partnerships and through the Christian Life Commission, which offers work dealing specifically with hunger issues. We also have ways for you to partner with churches in the Rio Grande Valley and in Mexico with our River Ministry and Mexico Missions staff.
If you are a college student, you can participate in our Go-Now program which sends college students all over the country and all over the world. Speaking of college students, if you would like to work with international students on a college campus we have opportunities for available. Through our Hope 1:8 Missionary Initiative people in your church can be on mission on a regular basis, either full time, part time, or once to twice a week.
We also have something called Mission Shaped Leadership training which can get your church thinking about missions in ways you never thought possible. This training is about the development of disciples/leaders that are shaped by the mission of God. Do you need training in how to do evangelism when you are on mission? We can help with that! Would you like to partner with an ethnic church in your community? We can help make those connections! Do you want to start a church, either an organic church or a conventional church? We can help your church do that!
No matter what size budget you have and no matter how much or little experience you have, there is something to be done, so let’s be on mission this year. It is time to get started and we can help!
- For Mission Shaped Leadership Training, contact Josue Valerio, firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Mission Opportunities on the border and in Mexico, contact Daniel Rangel, email@example.com
- For International Mission Opportunities, contact Steve Seaberry, firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Missions in your Community and in Texas, contact Ryan Jespersen, email@example.com
- For Student Mission Opportunities, contact David Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Collegiate Mission opportunities, contact Brenda Sanders, Brenda.email@example.com
- For ways to fight Hunger in Texas, contact Joyce Gilbreath, firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Disaster Relief Opportunities, contact Gerald Davis, email@example.com or Marla Bearden, firstname.lastname@example.org
- For opportunities to partner with Ethnic Congregations, contact Patty Lane, email@example.com
- For ways to do work on college campuses, contact Joyce Ashcraft, firstname.lastname@example.org
- To learn how you can get trained in Evangelism, contact Scott Willingham, email@example.com
- For Church Starting, contact Paul Atkinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Organic Church Starting, contact Mario Gonzalez, email@example.com
Please contact Ryan Jespersen if you are not quite sure what to do yet. We can help you see where your church is and how you can get started making steps to get on mission.
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