When Southern Baptists observe World Hunger Sunday on October 11, they will be called to act on the commands of Scripture. The Bible tells us that when Jesus saw the hungry and hurting multitude in Matthew 14, “He had compassion on them…” He healed and fed those who flocked to Him.
Scripture is filled with God’s compassion for the afflicted, broken, and hungry. Isaiah 58:20 teaches, “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”
Compassion is more than a warm, fuzzy thought. Compassion is a movement and desire in your gut that compels you to act. The Global Hunger Fund gives us a way to act on the gut-wrenching scenes of need that are painted across the landscape of our world. The Global Hunger Fund presents us opportunities, as God’s people, to make a difference for the sake of Christ among earthquake survivors in Nepal, persecuted Christians displaced from their homes in northern Iraq, Aids orphans in South Africa, those lacking clean water in Uganda, and the multitudes who are weary and hurting in forgotten corners around the world.
Since its inception in 1974, Southern Baptists have given more than 235 million dollars through the Global Hunger Fund to meet needs both at home and abroad. Tragically, in recent years, the amount given to the Global Hunger fund has been decreasing.
However, hunger needs have not diminished, nor has God’s love for those who are hungry, sick, and thirsty. This God-driven fund helps families survive disaster and famine, provides clean water and medical care, improves health and nutrition, and most importantly helps countless people to hear of the hope and Good News of Jesus Christ.
On October 11, will you do your part in helping Southern Baptists respond to a hungry world? Would you consider giving the cost of a meal out to help provide food for a hungry family? Would you consider giving a gift of $25 to provide clean water in a forgotten village? Would you consider giving $125 to provide a hospice kit for a dying woman? Would you give a gift of compassion that someone may know the hope of Christ?
Give to the Global Hunger Fund on World Hunger Sunday, October 11!