CHURCHES FEEDING THE HUNGRY

There are needy people all over the world, and even in our own communities. Here are a few hard questions I’m trying to answer about the poor, hungry and needy.
  • Did you know there are over 2000 verses of scripture that call upon the people of God to respond to the need of the poor?
  • Is it just me or does it seem that Hollywood talks more about feeding the hungry of the world than churches do?
  • Churches are focused on a lot of good things … but are we still focused on the right things?
It seems to me that the most outspoken advocates for the poor and the hungry of this world ought to be the church and the followers of God. We must be the voice for those who have no voice, and feeding the hungry and clothing the poor should be core ministries of every church.
Let’s learn from one another, I’d love to know…
  • What are some things your church is doing to feed the hungry and help the needy?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Jeff Foster says:

    Not enough, Trey! We spend way too much on our own comforts . . . from buildings that are too big, too costly, and used too little to justify their expense . . . to salaries spent on a dozen local ministers/employees that are at our own beckon call . . . and far too little on serving immediate and chronic needs in our community and beyond. I'm reminded of the criticism of Haggai that the people were so consumed with building their "paneled houses" that they were neglecting building the Lord's house. The "Lord's house" we are largely neglecting today is the host of poor and underprivileged in our world.

    Thank you for your impassioned pleas to help the poor of Honduras. We can feed the hungry of the world; God has blessed us with the abundance to do this, and more. The resources are not what's lacking; sadly, it is often, the heart that is.

  2. cwinwc says:

    Not enough I'm sure but here's what we have going on:
    1. We have a food Pantry that opens once a month.
    2. We almost daily give out food to those that come by our building and ask.
    3. We are doing the Angel Food Ministry.
    4. Our preacher along with a preacher from a African American Charismatic church are slowly building a coalition of churches that go across denominational lines to address our growing population of the poor in our area.
    4B – This group is growing and consists of Baptists, Presbyterians , Methodists, just to name a few.

  3. Donna G says:

    The church I left does the Angel Food program. I still order and donate from that. I know our church does a lot in the community…but I do not know exactly what…thanks for the reminder to get involved.

  4. Keith Brenton says:

    Yesterday – with a goal of giving $18,000 toward famine relief in Kenya (administered by two of our missionary friends there, Rick Trull and Jim Scudder), my church gave $33,505.

    I get frustrated with church. But I continue to be astounded by what God does through His family.

  5. Mike says:

    I wish we would give up on spending money on Jumbotrons, hitech music and focus on the right things.

    Good post.

  6. Dante says:

    James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

    Check out this website:
    http://www.chfus.org

  7. jackie chesnutt says:

    Trey, we're stumbling along, trying to learn as we go.

    In helping to feed people, we host a Thurs. noon free lunch. It's 10 months old & the response is amazing, in more ways than one. It's not cost us anything because of food & cash donations. Last week, a woman we met 6 weeks ago at lunch was baptized. Another study is in progress.

    In other areas, we host a yearly winter coat giveaway. We host a bi-annual community giveaway – we accumulate everything imaginable from our members & give it away. We also work through school social workers to help provide underwear, soap & socks for families in need.

    Honestly, Trey, the generosity of God's people shames my small faith; our costs are minimal. The results shame my small vision. The number of responses is staggering.

    My co-workers Marshall & Kristy Brown have led us in these works & would love to aid anyone wanting to begin one or all.

  8. TREY MORGAN says:

    Jeff – I thought of the same thing. Great minds…

    CWINWC – Love the ideas. #3 is a great ministry.

    Keith – Awesome!

    Mike – Yip and things like that.

  9. TREY MORGAN says:

    Jackie – Love to comment and the ideas. Awesome!

  10. Marc T says:

    Watched Cowboys tonight (on TV). For a family of 4 to go to the game – Tickets $300+, Parking $25, Program $10, Drinks/ food / etc $100. Total $435 or more & those are the cheap seats.
    Feed 300 Wednesdays at the dump $200 – so, where do make these choices? Feed 300 a meal 2x or take the kids to the game? SImplify and skip eating out 4 or 5 times a week and share the difference with hungry people? I don't know. I like the words of James – if you see somebody that has a need and you have the ability to help – and don't, you don't have any faith!
    Being faithful isn't sitting in a pew every time the church doors are open. Being faithful is reflected in what we do and how we treat others.

  11. Gary says:

    Trey, you do bring up important but difficult questions. We of course have a duty to feed the hungry. We are probably afraid to really find out just how big the situation is in our own backyard. I was a child of an alcaholic. While I never starved because I had a responsible mom and good grandparents on both sides, many children aren't so blessed. There are bound to be a lot of children of substance abusers in our community as well as others in need of help. It will require a huge step of faith to put out the word that we are the place to come because we never want to have anyone say they used to come to us, but we had to turn some away. I know we could do it. It would require a supreme walk of faith and unity.

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