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Orphan Samuel’s Miraculous Story

Myanmar…A couple of friends walking to work decided to take a different path along the railroad track. They were engaged in their usual early morning banter when a puzzling sound surfaced. It wasn’t a cry. It was more like a heavy wheezing. As they came around the bend in the road, they saw a small shape laying between a couple of railway ties. They quickly determined it was a child. Dirty and covered with insect bites, there was a little boy clinging to life.

They took turns carrying him as they made their way to the neighborhood clinic. As they entered the clinic, the wheezing stopped. They handed the little boy to the nurse fearing it was too late to save him. They went to work wondering how the little boy got to the railroad track.

They shared their morning’s experience with their co-workers and learned a sad truth about poverty in their country. They learned that sometimes parents would leave their children on the railroad track in hopes that their son or daughter would be killed quickly rather than experience the slow death of starvation because they didn’t have enough food for all the family.

The next day, they stopped by the clinic to learn about the condition of the little boy. They were surprised to learn that he was alive. A few days later, the little boy was taken by a director of one of our Christian orphanages. She had been contacted by the clinic staff who was aware of the good reputation of the orphanage, and knew it was the little boy’s only chance at long-term survival.

Through a combination of Christian-based nurturing and the food supplied by the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger, our little boy, Samuel, continues to improve. Samuel is one of 17 orphans in this particular home. Although, one of our primary goals is to share and have them accept the wonderful news of Jesus, we must first meet their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Through the generosity of the Hunger Offering, Samuel and many other orphans are fortunate to have enough to eat each day. More importantly, as he matures within a Christian environment, he will better understand the love behind the meals, the caring behind the giving, and the purpose behind the saved life of a little boy discovered on a railroad track.

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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.
Donate now!

5th Sunday Hunger Offering Videos
Next 5th Sunday Emphasis for World Hunger –January 29, 2012.  Prepare now.
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Speakers will be:

Field Personnel, North Africa

Mike Garman, Pastor, Eastridge Baptist Church, Amarillo, Food ministry to refugee families

Next Hunger Offering 5th Sunday, October 30, 2011.

OTHER RESOURCES

Helping the Hungry

Getting involved with the summer feeding programs

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.

Donate now!

5th Sunday Hunger Offering Videos

Next 5th Sunday Emphasis for World Hunger – October 30, 2011.  Prepare now.  Download 5th Sunday videos

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Children's Hunger Awareness Curriculum

“When I bring home food in m my backpack, I don’t get as many whippings.”

Owsley County Outreach in Booneville, Kentucky, distributes food to many county residents of all ages, with help from the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger.  On a typical day, comments such as these have been noted while processing applicants:

  • An elementary school-age child commented, “Thank you for the food.  I don’t get as many whippings as I used to, now that I have my own food in my backpack.”
  • Spoken by a senior citizen, “I could not buy groceries this month because this is the month I buy my meds.  I buy food one month and meds the next.”
  • Another family told us, “Without you, we would never get green beans.  We can’t afford them…we love them…and you always give us a few extra.”
  • While unloading the student’s backpacks loaded with food, bought by Texas Baptists, children are jumping up and down and shouting, “YAY!”

When you give to the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger, you are showing the love of Christ to many people who need hope and encouragement.

Give single and/or recurring gifts online at www.texasbaptists.org/worldhunger.

Write a check payable to your church designated for the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger/BGCT.

Contact us at worldhunger@texasbaptists.org or 214-828-5190.

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TBOWH updates

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.

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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.

Additional points:

  • 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.

Getting involved with the summer feeding programs

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.

Donate now!

5th Sunday Hunger Offering Videos

Next 5th Sunday Emphasis for World Hunger – May 29, 2011.  Prepare now.  Download 5th Sunday videos

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World Hunger Updates

How you can help:
Helping the Hungry
Getting involved with the summer feeding programs

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.
Donate now!

5th Sunday Hunger Offering Videos
Next 5th Sunday Emphasis for World Hunger – May 29, 2011.  Prepare now.
Download 5th Sunday videos

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World Hunger Updates

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.

Donate now!

5th Sunday Hunger Offering Videos

Next 5th Sunday Emphasis for World Hunger – May 29, 2011.  Prepare now.  Download 5th Sunday videos…

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World Hunger Updates

Missouri Baptists join hands with Texas Baptists to meet hunger needs around the world.

Missouri Baptists have joined with Texas Baptists to meet world hunger needs. Churchnet (the Baptist General Convention of Missouri) will promote the same offering projects in Missouri that the Christian Life Commission promotes in Texas. This means Baptists in each state will be supporting ministries in the other state, as well as the many other national and international projects.

This is an important expansion of the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger, which will serve as the administrative framework for the Missouri offering.

Jim Hill, executive director of Churchnet, says it this way: “We are delighted to be partners with Texas Baptists in promoting our World Hunger Offering. Missouri Baptists, like our Texas friends, know our commitment to love God includes a commitment to love others, particularly the poor and vulnerable in our world.

“Our partnership with Texas Baptists is allowing us to provide information and resources to our churches as they help church members to learn about hunger needs and provide an opportunity for them to give to meet these needs. We would not be able to provide some of these resources without our partnership with Texas Baptists. …

“It is staggering to learn about the hunger that exists in our own communities. … We believe our partnership with Texas Baptists can be a very effective and efficient way for us to provide resources to our churches, channel our World Hunger offerings, and help provide food for the hungry in our world.”

Recalling Jesus’ encounter with a wealthy man who was unwilling to part with his material possessions, Hill noted: “We have to get our focus off ourselves and off our possessions. Jesus pointed the man to the needs of the poor.”

That’s good instruction for all of us. Texas and Missouri Baptists are now working together, taking our focus of ourselves and doing something about the needs of the poor.

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.

Donate now!

5th Sunday Hunger Offering Video | Feeding the Hungry in Del Rio

Next 5th Sunday Emphasis for World Hunger – March 27, 2011.  Prepare now. Download 5th Sunday video

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