Louisville—For every six people living in the world, one is suffering from hunger. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
“Together, we can make a big impact by giving up little luxuries and donating the difference,” said Eric Allen, Kentucky Baptist Convention Missions Mobilization team leader.
– Daily stops at that trendy coffee shop could set a person back $11 a week, but brewing coffee at home for five days costs only a buck. The difference? $10.
– Taking the family out for dinner at a restaurant can easily top $50, but preparing a meal for the same party of four at home could cost as little as $15. The difference? $35.
– A night at the movies, with popcorn and sodas, can easily top $75 for a family of four, but what about a movie night at home? A rented streaming movie, microwave popcorn and a couple of two-liters can cost well under $10. The difference? $65.
“And every penny of that difference, all $110, could be used to feed the hungry,” Allen said.
Through an initiative called Donate the Difference, the KBC works in partnership with Global Hunger Relief to make a difference in the lives of people who may not know from where their next meal is coming.
“It’s concerning to me that Global Hunger Relief offerings have decreased while requests from hunger relief ministries have increased,” Allen said. “I challenge KBC churches to step up efforts to increase the hunger relief offering, so that we can meet the physical and spiritual needs.”
On Oct. 11, Southern Baptist churches have the opportunity to recognize World Hunger Day by donating the difference to Global Hunger Relief.
Every cent donated is passed to Southern Baptist ministries already doing the work to combat hunger in Kentucky, North America and around the world. Some of those ministries include Baptist Global Response, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Woman’s Missionary Union.
Allen said evangelical Christians can be certain that food isn’t the only sustenance people receive when they donate the difference.
“We want to feed people physically,” Allen said, “but more importantly we want to share the hope and promise of salvation that is available to them through Jesus Christ, our Bread of Life.”
Kentucky Baptist churches can find a video and more information about Donate the Difference on the Kentucky Baptist Convention website. (KBC)