Soup’s On! Time to Collect the Global Hunger Offering

The large soup kettle is in place. The congregation waits expectantly until the pastor invites everyone to come forward and place his or her global hunger offering into the kettle. Before long, several thousand dollars have been given. This scene occurs every year at Dorrisville Baptist Church. One might ask why this church, which is by no means the largest church in Illinois, gives so generously to global hunger. The answer is simple: church members’ eyes are opened regularly to the needs of people who are hungry (physically and spiritually) and they are encouraged to make a difference.

More than a decade ago, Dorrisville’s pastor, Dewayne Taylor, and his wife, Judy, went to Niger on a short-term mission trip. Alongside the nationals, they ate millet every meal. Imagine a bland grain as your sole source of nutrients. It’s not very appealing, but that is the only food source for many people in Niger. The Taylors recognized how very blessed Americans are, and a desire to impact global hunger was born. They now lead their church to give sacrificially to global hunger as well as to meet the needs of impoverished and hungry people in its community.

I’ll briefly share 3 examples of the church’s missions projects, but I encourage you to also check out its website to learn more about its many ministries.

  1. At back-to-school event each year, the church sees 1,000 people in just 2 hours. The church gives away school supplies and clothes and shoes. Cosmetologists provide free haircuts and dentists and hygienists provide dental cleanings. A family meal is served and everyone is invited. Guests get not only a delicious meal but also the opportunity to mingle with God’s people.
  2. In February, when budgets are strained because of higher heating bills, the church provides “blessing baskets” to impoverished families in the community. Church members provide names of people who will benefit from this ministry and an average of 30–35 families are blessed with a week’s worth of groceries. A menu is provided and volunteers speak with each recipient (while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies), providing information about how to prepare the items in the blessing basket.
  3. One way the church utilizes its local missions budget is by purchasing items for “glove-box meals” (each one contains tuna, juice, crackers, pudding, a granola bar, a spoon, and a tract). The members of Girls in Action and Royal Ambassadors place the items in reusable, resealable zipper storage bags. Church members are encouraged to place glove-box meals in their cars and share them with someone needing a meal.

Judy says the church blatantly asks people to give to missions causes. “We are not shy about using any means possible to reach people for Christ, including meeting their physical needs through food and medical opportunities,” she explains. As a result, people give generously and sacrificially.

I can almost hear Judy’s challenge myself; can you? What are you willing to put in the soup kettle for global hunger this year?

Jeanette Cloyd hungers for all people to know the Lord. Contact her at jeanettecloyd@yahoo.com.

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