Join the Global Wave of Prayer to End Hunger
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, people around the world are invited to pray at noon local time in what will become a "wave of prayer" across time zones. In the United States, Bread for the World is urging people of all faith traditions to join people of other faiths and nations in this wave of prayer. Please plan to pray — individually, in small groups, in community gatherings, or at your church. Some congregations will also be praying during their worship services on Dec. 8, the Sunday before the event. Ask others to pray as well or to join your prayer gathering.
In Washington, D.C., Bread for the World and its partners in the Circle of Protection will organize a prayer service on the East Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Members of Congress have been invited to join the noon prayers.
This wave of prayer will mark the beginning of a campaign for Roman Catholic-related charities, spearheaded by Caritas Internationalis, called "One Human Family, Food for All." Pope Francis, who is supportive of the campaign, will issue a video message on Dec. 9, the night before the prayer wave.
Caritas's official prayer, as well as prayers from several other faith traditions, are available at bread.org/prayerwave, or feel free to use a prayer in your own faith tradition.
Gearing up for the 2014 Offering of Letters
We are gearing up for Bread for the World's 2014 Offering of Letters campaign, which will focus on U.S. food aid.
The recent Supertyphoon Haiyan that devastated the central Philippines is a good reminder of why we need to continue to reform food aid. Bread's 2014 Offering of Letters seeks reforms to our government's food aid programs so funds can be used more effectively more hungry people can be fed.
Our country is the world's largest provider of food aid, and now, more than ever, food aid plays a crucial role in preventing hunger and starvation. With smart improvements, our country can respond more quickly when disaster hits; provide more nutritious food, especially to women and children in the critical 1,000 day window; and support local, small-scale farmers by buying food closer to where it is needed. With these changes, and for the same level of funding, we can reach as many as 17 million more people.
The 2014 Bread for the World Offering of Letters kit — containing videos, a worship bulletin insert, sample letters to Congress, posters, and more — will be ready for distribution in January 2014. It will be published in English and Spanish.
Giving at Year's End
You can give a gift of hope and opportunity to hungry people with your year-end contribution to Bread for the World. Make your gift today by visiting www.bread.org/give. Tax-deductible gifts to Bread for the World Institute support research and analysis that shape policies and legislation that will help end hunger.
This year, some individuals will find themselves in a higher income tax bracket. Others will be subject to higher capital gains taxes or to the new Medicare Contribution Tax. One option that may help reduce taxes is to contribute appreciated stock, which bypasses capital gains taxes and may qualify for a charitable deduction at the market price of the stock. To qualify as charitable gifts for income tax purposes, stocks should be transferred to Bread for the World Institute. For assistance in making stock transfers, please contact Kierra Jackson at 800-822-7323, ext. 1150 or email@example.com.
Save the Date: Bread for the World's 2014 Gathering and 40th Anniversary Dinner
Bread for the World will be holding its annual National Gathering June 9 to 10, 2014, at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. A dinner to celebrate Bread's 40th anniversary will take place during the gathering, on the evening of June 9. Lobby Day will follow on June 10. A video on Bread's early days will be shown. Further details will be available early next year.
Rick Steves Helps to Raise More Than $215,000 for Bread’s Work
The year-end fundraiser for Bread for the World led by Rick Steves, a popular travel show host and author, was a huge success. Gifts given in response to Steves' request for donations surpassed the goal of $100,000 and total more than $120,000 to date. Steves generously offered to match all gifts up to $100,000, which means more than $220,000 raised so far in our fight to end hunger.
There is still time for you to participate. Steves will send you a special Christmas package as thanks for a gift of $100 or more to support Bread's work.
Plan to Attend The Justice Conference in February
Does your church or campus community want to share God's concern for poor and hungry people? Seek inspiration for the long haul of its social justice journey? Desire to connect with a national, biblically-grounded rising of teachers, business people, artists, stay-at-home moms, and others who have a passion for justice?
For the past three years, Bread for the World has been a sponsor of The Justice Conference, an annual national evangelical gathering that educates, inspires, and connects a generation of men and women around a shared concern for biblical and social justice, and the vulnerable and oppressed.
In February, Bread for the World will again bring its proven Christian legislative advocacy experience to the conference, and look to find new ways to collaborate around addressing global hunger and poverty.
Here's how your faith community can get involved with the 2014 Justice Conference, which will take place Feb. 21 to 23 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles:
- Visit Bread for the World’s exhibit and attend its pre-conference workshops on Feb. 21 and 22.
- Become a host site, so that more voices will join this important movement.
- Register to attend a regional Justice Conference host site near you.
- Plan to attend the main conference in Los Angeles.
- Come to the Justice Conference Film Festival on Feb. 23.
If you, or your church, are participating in this year's conference, either attending or serving as a host site, please let us know — we'd like to connect with you. For more information, contact Krisanne Vaillancourt-Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-688-1117.
Head of Alliance to End Hunger Receives Award
Ambassador Tony P. Hall, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger, received an International Leadership Foundation award and an honorary doctorate in the humanities from Baekseok University during a trip to South Korea in late October. The award was given Hall for his years of humanitarian work in North Korea and around the world.
Hall has visited both South and North Korea numerous times throughout his career — both as a congressman and an ambassador — and has played a key role in facilitating food aid relief during times of famine in North Korea.
While in South Korea, Hall made numerous speeches in Seoul, Kwangju, and Pusan to university students and Christian congregations.
"It was both an honor and a humbling experience to receive such recognition," Hall said. "I only hope that I can inspire others to serve the poor and hungry in the same way the Korean people have inspired me."
Photo: Tony Hall (second from left).