Give and Double Your Impact
For the next three weeks, you can make twice the difference in the lives of hungry people. To address the urgent need for food-aid abroad, Woody Clinard and a group of anonymous Bread members have agreed to match your contributions up to $50,0000 — but only until July 15. Will you meet their challenge?
The conflict in South Sudan has intensified, displacing thousands of innocent civilians who now rely on food aid for survival. At the same time, a bill that would direct $75 million in food-aid funding to wealthy shipping conglomerates has passed in the House of Representatives. In times like these, we need to protect the weakest among us, not the richest. Donate now to stop changes that would snatch food from the mouths of 2 million hungry people.
Plan Now for Bread for the World Sunday on Oct. 19
Now is the time to encourage your church to schedule Bread for the World Sunday. Sunday, Oct. 19, the closest Sunday to World Food Day (Oct. 16), is the day many churches will select. Other churches will choose another Sunday during the fall when their worship service will include prayers and other activities focused on ending hunger. Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing, professor of New Testament at the Lutheran (ELCA) School of Theology in Chicago and author of The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation, has written a lectionary study on Matthew 22:15-22, the Gospel appointed for Oct. 19, for Bread for the World Sunday. Bulletin inserts and other resources will be available to order soon.
Presbyterians Affirm 1,000 Days campaign
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), meeting at its biennial General Assembly in Detroit, Mich., June 14-21, approved an overture (resolution) affirming the importance of maternal and child nutrition in the 1,000 days between a woman's pregnancy to her child's second birthday.
The resolution also recognizes "the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children [WIC] in the United States and the role of U.S. foreign assistance in supporting governments of developing countries in improving maternal and child nutrition."
The denomination and its members are major supporters of Bread for the World. These provisions in the resolution directly touch issues that Bread is currently working on.
The resolution calls for Presbyterians to pray for and minister to women and children in the United States and around the world who are in the 1,000-day window; for members to learn about the issue; and for the denomination's Stated Clerk to write to the U.N. and the U.S. Congress and president, advocating for hunger and nutrition-related goals to be set.
Image courtesy of World Food Program USA