Thursday, May 21, 2015

Texas Baptist Hunger Offering

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:37-40
Texas Baptists are working together with many Baptist partners in Texas and around the world to show Christ’s love and generosity by meeting immediate hunger needs and helping people escape the devastation of poverty. Alongside these trusted partners, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering seeks to empower those in need by funding relief and development projects that are holistic and sustainable.   Website:
Texas Baptist Hunger Offering – North Side Baptist Church will be taking this offering on May 31, 2015.  Last year the offering was taken on Mother’s Day.  Below are last year’s results taken from the BGCT website:
Texas Baptists gave more than $182,000 to help end hunger and poverty through the Second Annual Mother’s Day Hunger Offering in 2014. These gifts are used for hunger relief and anti-poverty programs both in Texas and abroad.

“As Texas Baptists we heed God’s call to minister to those in need, in Texas and around the world,” said Dr. David Hardage, executive director.

The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering strives to show the power of God’s love to those in need. Ministries supported through the offering range from feeding programs in local churches to job training for single mothers and improved water and sanitation resources for underdeveloped countries.

The top 10 giving churches to the 2014 Mother’s Day offering are: First Baptist Church in Midland; North Side Baptist Church in Weatherford; First Baptist Church in Kilgore; First Baptist Church in Plano; Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas; South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena; Trinity Baptist Church in Kerrville; First Baptist Church in Rockport; Southland Baptist Church; and First Baptist Church in Ballinger.

Sometimes we observe the offering on Mother’s Day. “Giving to the Hunger Offering on Mother’s Day is a beautiful way for Texas Baptists to honor the very person who gave them life, by giving life to someone else,” said Joyce Gilbreath Kokel, Texas Baptist Hunger Offering specialist. “It’s a gift that really makes Mother’s Day count.”

In 2013, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering raised a record $953,000 to support global ministries for the whole year. This year we hope to raise even more to help this very real problem.
Scripture to Claim:
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17  

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