I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner virtually every day; and I often throw in some snacks, as well. Most Americans do likewise, but many do not. And Texas is near the bottom of the U.S. barrel when it comes to hunger. We are second only to Mississippi in the degree of “food insecurity.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture describes food security as having “consistent access to enough food for active healthy lives for all household members at all times during the year.” I’m food secure, and most of you reading this are food secure, as well. But since we’re Jesus Followers, we have a mandate to care for the 17 million U.S. households (14.6 percent) that cannot count on getting their next meal, much less a nutritious one.
Texas Baptists are in the midst of a broad-based effort to end hunger in Texas by 2015. It’s amazing what has been done this past year through the leadership of the Christian Life Commission’s Suzii Paynter, the Texas Hunger Initiative’s Jeremy Everett and others. The state is becoming organized to deal with the problem of hunger as never before. Giving to the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger is on the rise and, therefore, more projects in Texas are being funded.
Dealing with the hunger problem in Texas is the key component of the Care aspect of Texas Hope 2010. I’m so proud of how Texas Baptist churches and individuals are stepping up to the plate (no pun intended) to make a difference in regard to such a critical need. And, as we are seeking to deliver people from hunger, we are introducing them to the ultimate deliverer, Jesus Christ.
If you and your church are not on board yet, I encourage you to pray about how you will become involved. More ways of involvement are going to be emerging, but you can start immediately by giving online to the hunger offering at www.texasbaptists.org/worldhunger. The hungry people of Texas need us.