DALLAS—Texas Baptists gave a record-setting $953,000 in 2013 to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering to help address hunger and poverty issues around the world. Not only is the amount the largest since the offering’s creation in 1995, but also an increase of $200,000 from 2012.
“I am humbled by the generosity of churches and individuals around the state who chose to give to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering,” said David Hardage, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board. “Without them, we, as an organization could not do what we do. Thank you to all of you who gave of your resources. We are extremely grateful. Your gifts are changing lives across our state and around the world.”
The Hunger Offering, administered by the BGCT Christian Life Commission, provides funds to assist programs across Texas and around the world, not only addressing hunger issues, but also helping individuals overcome poverty. Programs include food and meal distribution, agriculture and livestock initiatives, development, education/job training, and water and sanitation efforts.
“Churches and individuals giving to the offering can celebrate that 100 percent of every dollar received goes to these programs,” CLC Director Gus Reyes said.
Texas Baptist churches raised funds for the offering in a variety of ways. Other efforts, including the new Mother’s Day emphasis and the Bike Out Hunger statewide road rally aided in raising the funds in 2013.
“With the additional $230,000 given on Mother’s Day last year, hundreds more, even thousands, who struggle daily accessing enough food to eat will be helped,” CLC hunger specialist Joyce Gilbreath said. “This money will allow more children to be fed after school, more assistance for single women to find jobs to support their families, and greater improvement of water and sanitation processes in more villages. Most importantly, the love of Christ through meeting someone’s basic needs will be freely shown to more people who need him around the world.”