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Story by Annette Hall.
Photos provided by missionaries and volunteers in West Africa.

calloutWhen you gave to the World Hunger Fund/International Mission Board, your gifts helped purchase a flour mill in Burkina Faso (West Africa) that provides several small villages the means to grind their grain. The income from the mill pays the salaries of those who run it and also pays for a number of training and outreach efforts of the churches in the area.

Your gifts built a mill.Atio is one whose life has been changed because of the mill.

I am married and the mother of six children, four girls and two boys. My first name, Atio, means that I belong to a great idol known to everyone in the village. Since my youth I’ve worshipped this idol. But I never had peace in my heart. Four years ago things took a bad turn in my life. My husband fell seriously ill to the point that he could no longer work. Then I also fell sick. We spent all our savings searching for a solution to our problems. The witchdoctors said that the gods were angry with us. During the night I was unable to sleep.

One day I went to the village grinding mill and heard the story about Jesus calming the storm. That day I gave my life to Jesus. My husband let me tell him the story and he also gave his life to Jesus. Now (we) go together to the Baptist Church…

We are currently sharing the gospel with our sons and daughters hoping they will also choose the way of Jesus. Our health is getting better and better and we bless the Lord Jesus.

Your gifts built a mill.The pastor of the largest church in the area has attended trainings to learn how to craft and tell more than 100 Bible stories in his heart language. He has also helped train believers to use these stories for evangelism and church planting. His team’s goal is to put a trained story teller in each village in the area. The team also wants to send pairs of story tellers to villages with no church to plant churches there. He shares an example of how his team carries out its goals.

While women wait to grind their grain at the mill, team members tell them Bible stories. One day they told the story of the paralytic to about 30 women, who all listened intently. At the end, the story teller asked them the following seven questions:
What did you like in the story?
What bothered you in the story?
What did you learn about God in the story?
What did you learn about people in the story?
Is there something in the story you should obey?
How will you remember the story?
To whom will you tell the story?
When the last question was asked, three of the women gave the only correct answer – they said they were going to return to their village and tell it to their chief!

They did just that. The chief then summoned the story-telling women from the mill and invited all the royal family, as well as his neighbors. When the team told the story again, they were asked for another story. Then they told the story of the Demoniac.

When the chief and his family heard this story, they decided to follow Jesus, and the chief invited the team to put a church in his village. One hundred and three adults worshiped at the first church service. Three young men are being trained in the stories so the work there will continue and grow.

Baptist Global Response is the arm of the International Mission Board that distributes your World Hunger Funds. The funds are used to relieve hunger but as you see from these stories, the funds also bring a spiritual element. Because you gave, these people had the chance to grind their grain and improve their lives. They also had the opportunity to hear God’s Word in the way they could understand and respond.

Baptist Global Response Hunger SundayEditor’s note: On World Hunger Sunday, October 9, 2016, and on any other Sunday, use your gold offering envelope in your packet or in the pew racks. Designate your gift for:
Disaster & Hunger (Baptist World Aid, BWAid) and/or
Disaster & Hunger (Southern Baptist Convention, Global Response).

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By Susan Beach.

Here’s a good recipe that everyone can prepare:

FULL TUMMY

Ingredients
Cost of fast food meal
1 Missions Offering envelope

Directions
Place first ingredient in envelope; write Disaster & Hunger (BWA or SBC);
drop it in the offering plate. Fills two or three tummies a day.

The opposite is also true – don’t follow the recipe and there are no full tummies.

It’s a simple fact that 925,000,000 people are hungry every day – in this city, this country and around the world. (Click here for more hunger statistics….) That number can be overwhelming, even immobilizing. How can anyone deal with it?

One way is to bring items (see list at end of story) to the grocery cart in the church’s main hallway. FBC’s Ministry of Christian Compassion disperses food to more than 200 families every week.

special missions offering envelope

Use a Missions Offering envelope to designate your World Hunger gift.

But that only feeds the hungry in Richmond. When Jesus said to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Samaria and the ends of the earth, He didn’t give the option to pick one. He sent us to all three.

So, how to do that? Baptists are fortunate to have organizations for just that purpose, feeding the hungry throughout the U.S. and the world. Special emphasis is given on World Hunger Sunday, October 9, 2011, but funds are accepted any time through the year. Gold Missions Offering envelopes provide two ways to give to Disaster and Hunger relief efforts: through the Baptist World Alliance (BWAid) and through the Southern Baptist Convention (Global Response). Missions offering envelopes are available in the bi-monthly envelope packet or at the kiosks. Baptists are also fortunate to know their money is well used: Both organizations spend every penny donated directly on food for those in need; none goes to administrative costs.

FBC Food Pantry Needs
Spaghetti sauce in cans
Spaghetti
Soups, Chunky Soups (pop top if available)
Baked Beans, Black Beans, Navy Beans, Pork and Beans (pop top if available)
Microwaveable Rice
Canned fruits (pop top if available)
Peas (pop top if available)
Corn (pop top if available)
Green Beans (pop top if available)
Peanut Butter
Tuna fish (pop top if available)
Cereal
Breakfast Bars
Mac and cheese
Canned pastas (pop top if available)
Potted meat (pop top if available)
Vienna sausages (pop top if available)
Apple sauce (small plastic containers)
Pop Tarts
Saltine Crackers


Susan BeachSusan Beach volunteers as editor of First Things First. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Susan and her husband, David, have been members of First Baptist Church since 1981. She is a Deacon, a member of the Endowment Fund Board and a member of the Prayer Ministry Team.

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