Bread: February - March 2011 Newsletter
Bread for the World is beginning our 2011 Offering of Letters campaign – focused on making U.S. foreign assistance more effective in reducing hunger and poverty--in a political environment that is deeply partisan. But hunger is not a partisan issue so we are cautiously optimistic.
We are reminded that there were “saints in Caesar’s household.” Philippians 4:22: “And all the other Christians send their greetings, too…especially those who work in Caesar’s palace.” Paul makes sure that the saints in the emperor’s palace are remembered. We can speculate that they may have been paid domestic servants, but the good news is the fact that they were in the house. Poverty has been defined by certain theorists as “loss of fate control,” i.e., the feeling that someone else is either directly or indirectly controlling one’s destiny. Poverty is structural, behavioral, and cultural.
Bread’s organizers are on the move, holding Offering of Letters workshops in every region of the country. These workshops equip you to organize an Offering of Letters and to share the goals of Bread’s 2011 campaign with your church, campus, or community.
Ending hunger requires all of us to do our part. This includes our federal government, where---with the stroke of a pen---policies are made that redirect millions of dollars and affect millions of lives.
“For us, giving was a part of being Christian, part of loving our neighbors as ourselves,” says Gary Olsen-Hasek of his childhood. He describes his background as blue-collar: “We didn’t have much money, and really struggled when my dad was between jobs.” But his mother, especially, was nonetheless welcoming to people in need.