The Missionary Mandate Newsletter

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Harvest World Hunger & Disaster Relief Project: Fighting Hunger with Hope

By: Charles & Mia Harris
Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of partnering organizations, ministries, and volunteers engage in the fight to end hunger in America’s households by fighting hunger with hope.
Our Goals:
·         To educate those with an economic abundance on methods of supporting and sharing resources to help families suffering from financial and economic crises that pushed them into hunger.
·         To seek an understanding of the socio-political contexts of hunger in America and identify appropriate local community responses.
·         To fight hunger with hope by providing volunteers to work with local communities in developing sustainable economic development opportunities to help families recently impoverished by financial and economic crises or unforeseen disasters.
Here are the Facts:
In America there are more than 50 million people facing hunger, and with the unemployment rate still hovering near 9 percent the problem will get worst not better. A family not having enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle is a fact to one in six Americans, including children and seniors.
The lack of adequate nutrition affects both cognitive and behavioral development in children. There are over 17 million children who are living in food-insecure households. These children are more likely to experience irritability, fatigue and difficulty concentrating in school compared to other children. This makes academic performance more difficult.  More than 2 million in rural communities experience living in food-insecure households and unfortunately these are the areas with a disproportionately high rate of persistent poverty because of a lack of food banks and other food emergency assistance to support them.
My home state of Alabama is the 2nd hungriest state in the nation and Alabama is the sixth (6) poorest state in the nation. I am truly sadden by this news and can imagine the hardships face by so many families, especially those who are living well below the poverty level.

The Census Bureau also reports that 17.5 percent of Alabamians live in poverty.  Fourteen of the tornado-impacted counties have poverty rates greater than 20 percent, including Chambers (20.7 percent), Choctaw (22.8 percent), Clarke (29.1 percent), DeKalb (21.7 percent), Franklin (21.8 percent), Greene (28.4 percent), Hale (26.6 percent), Marengo (24.9 percent), Marion (21.2 percent), Monroe (23.4 percent), Perry (31 percent), Pickens (28 percent), Sumter (35.1 percent) and Winston Counties (24.9 percent). 
We visited the Tuscaloosa areas that were hit by the Tornado and found nothing but devastation in some of the poorest communities. One area in particular was the Roseboro Public Housing community, near Greenboro Avenue and 29th Street. There we met families whose homes were destroyed in a matter of seconds; already living in poverty from day to day and now face with a disaster with nothing left but the clothes on their backs and a few items they can recover from the rubbish of what use to be a home.
One gentleman we met home had been pierced by a 30 ft. dumpster top from a nearby business. The iron weighing hundreds of pounds pierced the roof of his house, came though the wall of a closet where they were hiding, barley missing their heads. But, they confessed to my wife and me, that it was the blessings and favor of God that protected them from sudden death. It was a miracle beyond anything we had ever witness and we certainly agreed with them and praised God for the victory. On Thursday, June 9th, we will be traveling back to this area to provide assistance to these families with non-perishable food items.
We ask for your continued prayers and support. Please consider how you can be a part in helping us to help others when they need it most!  We are committed to our mission to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of partnering organizations, ministries, and volunteers engage in the fight to end hunger in America’s households by fighting hunger with hope. This is not the end only the beginning of our ministry.
If you have questions please call: Charles or Mia Harris at (251)605-4491 or (251) 533-1630 – (Mia). New Harvest World Ministry (501 (c) 3 Organization) "A Ministry without Walls"
Blessings and love to all.

"The harvest truly is plentiful, but the workers are few; ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field." Matthew 9:37-38 

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