Hunger Awareness

Hunger Challenge 2019 – Interim Board Chair

Faith, Hope and Love is a 15 year-old local organization dedicated to the development of Missional Food Pantries, in the effort to “Shorten the Line” of folks getting free food, by guiding them to a relationship with Jesus Christ, helping them get a job, or training them to better handle their finances. In the past year, Faith, Hope and Love has incubated three new food pantries, and their network of food pantries has led nearly 300 people to receive Jesus Christ as their personal savior! Compare that with the number of salvations in your church in the past year!

I have been on the FHL Board since 2006, when we incorporated the ministry and have seen many changes. Faith, Hope and Love began by gathering churches, annually, to do service projects. That effort expanded to distributing food from a truck, during the year. Food pantries were birthed and the concept of the Missional Food Pantry developed, so that food distribution moved from transactional to relational. Efforts were made to focus on the clients’ specific needs by getting to know them, and by praying for them. We learned that one of the greatest needs was to know Jesus Christ, personally, so the presentation of the Gospel became an integral part of the process.

Faith, Hope and Love developed a Training Manual and a process for training churches to have their own Missional Food Pantry. It has been gratifying to see churches shut down a struggling food pantry, have their church people trained by Faith, Hope and Love, re-open as a Missional Food Pantry, and see multiple people come to Christ, and have an abundance of volunteers among their church members!

That’s why I am excited about participating in the 0-0-1 Hunger Challenge to raise awareness for the fact that many people in our city are going hungry on a daily basis, and to raise money for Faith, Hope and Love, as we seek to “Shorten the Line.”

This week, Monday through Friday, I will eat only one meal per day, skipping breakfast and lunch, and eating only at dinner time. We are told that many people in our city are forced into this pattern, because of their lack of resources. I will write, daily, to share my experiences with this process. Last year, when I engaged in this pattern for the first time, I found that by “pigging-out” at supper, I was able to survive the next day pretty well. I want to restrain myself this year, by eating a more normal dinner. I will let you know how it goes!

Won’t you help with this process by praying for Faith, Hope and Love and by giving to this great organization?

You can engage in the process by clicking on the Donate button!

You can learn more about volunteering, yourself, at FHL Community

Blessings

Eldon Kibbey, Interim Board Chair

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Early in the morning, I was still thinking about how self-absorbed I was yesterday. I felt so bad. Then, I got busy preparing to go to an event.

Day 7 was a little hard for me. Jocelyn, one of the ambassador and I went to a Back to School event where they provided different resources for kids going back to school. Although it was not as hot as the previous weeks, the sun was intense.

After 2 hours being under the sun, I started to feel weak and dizzy. Jocelyn encouraged me to eat some cut fruits that she brought for the crowd. I immediately felt better. How could the food insecure walk in the middle of summer to go to work, to a pantry or do errands? What about the kids who did not have dinner the night before plus no breakfast the following day? How could they focus on their classes? What about the elderly who are on fixed income, deciding which they’re going to spend their money between prescription medicine and healthy food?

At the event, I met different community agencies. There were a few ladies from the same church who wanted their church to get involved in setting up Missional Food Pantry. Here’s a short video clip of one of the interviews that day.

Later that day, we had a celebration dinner for the week with several Ambassadors. We shared stories and testimonials. It was great to hear their hearts as they express their feelings beyond being hungry and in expanding their awareness about what’s happening in the neighborhoods.

I shared with everyone that I and a few other ambassadors will continue the challenge of eating one meal a day for the next 7 days until August 4th. For me, I would like to go deeper than experiencing how it feels to be hungry but to get me closer to God as I rely on His strength to continue on. You will hear more about this journey beyond being hungry for 7 days.

Thank you for all the ambassadors, the donors and for you who have supported us in various ways.

God bless you,
Merlin

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