Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ear-Bending Cellmate: When there was no meat, we ate fowl;
And when there was no fowl, we ate crawdad;And when there was no crawdad to be found, we ate sand.
HI: You ate what?
Ear-Bending Cellmate:  We ate sand.
HI:  You ate sand?
Ear-Bending Cellmate:  That's right."
-Raising Arizona (1987)

"Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed." 
- Proverbs 19:17

World hunger can seem like an insurmountable problem.  What can we as individuals do to help?  One excellent way is to give to the World Hunger Offering (gather together your donations and give them on May 11th: Mother's Day at First Baptist), which supports several ministries at home and abroad that work to directly fight hunger in our communities.  Another is to also support some of the great nonprofit organizations that specialize in alleviating hunger and poverty.

One such group is Heifer International.  Heifer's basic model is to provide animals such as cows, chickens, and goats to people in need.  In exchange for the gift of the animal and training on how to care for it, the recipient agrees to pass on the animal's offspring to his or her neighbor.  In some communities, Heifer has been able to trace twenty-two generations of Heifer animals that have been shared throughout the community.  

Check out the great work they do at www.heifer.org.
-Brad Young, 
FBC Austin Missions and Ministry Committee Member


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