Global Hunger Relief

Malnutrition was a foreign concept to me, literally. I never skipped a meal, so I certainly didn’t know what it was like to be truly hungry. When I was growing up, my view on the matter was formed by a TV commercial actress pleading with viewers to make a difference in the lives of children who lived overseas. Therefore, I thought it was only limited to children in Africa. As I got older, I realized it happened here as well, but I thought it was limited to urban areas. The truth is, hunger is everywhere. This raises a big question: How can we help shape the worldview of our young students concerning the issues related to hunger?

As a Sunday School teacher, I discovered rather quickly that children often learn quickest through doing. Service projects are a great way for children to learn missions, both local and international. International missions are a great place to start.

A “penny drive” is a great project that your children can actively be part of. It could be in the form of a loose change offering. Regardless of how you do it, the money that is collected can be sent abroad to help purchase the staples that are needed. Contact the associational office if the church does not already have an overseas contact.

Children can also take an active role in local missions as well. A canned food drive is an easy project for young children to help the church’s food pantry or a local food bank.

"Then Jesus said, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry. And whoever believes in me will never be thirsty'" (John 6:35).

by Todd Jones

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