World Hunger Fund grant helps families recover in wake of devastating flooding
GRANTHAM, Pa. (december 6, 2010)—A grant from the World Hunger Fund (WHF) has enabled members of the small Brethren in Christ fellowship at Las Calabazas, Mexico, to recover from the extensive flooding that devastated their community in July.
According to José Moreno, pastor of the Alfa y Omega Brethren in Christ Church, the $4,000 (U.S.) grant provided those affected by the flooding with much-needed food and supplies between July and October.
“The church Alfa y Omega is very thankful for the support offered to our community,” says Moreno. “Though there has been some sadness over the loss of possessions, we have felt the support from our fellow Brethren in Christ, and that has been very special.”
Initial reports indicated that both the church building and the homes of 15 church members were impacted by the Rio Grande River’s rising waters. Additionally, some members lost their jobs as a result of the flooding. These circumstances have made the WHF grant even more significant, Moreno indicates.
“We are still waiting to see the full impact of your donations,” Moreno reports. “But we continue to praise God for the compassion of our brothers and sisters in Christ.”
About the World Hunger Fund
For more than 30 years, the World Hunger Fund has challenged us Brethren in Christ in North America to review our lifestyles so that we can direct more resources toward hunger relief and other benevolence programs. Recognizing that the hope we have in Christ is lived out in service to one another, we respond with gifts that encourage and support our sisters and brothers around the world.
In 2009, the fund disbursed more than $255,000 (U.S. and Canadian), making significant contributions to hunger relief in Zimbabwe (through the Family to Family, Village to Village initiative), HIV/AIDS and orphan assistance in Mozambique, and housing relief in Honduras.
Emergency projects—like the one currently underway in Las Calabazas, Mexico—draw on undesignated donations to the WHF. To continue funding special projects like these, the WHF needs generous contributors willing to donate undesignated funds.
To contribute to the World Hunger Fund:
In the U.S.: Gifts can be made online by clicking the “Make a donation” link at the bottom of this page. (Please specify “World Hunger Fund” in drop-down menu.) Contributions may also be given by sending a check made out to “General Conference of the Brethren in Christ, Inc.” to 431 Grantham Road, PO Box A, Grantham, PA 17027. (Please indicate “World Hunger Fund” on the memo line of the check.)
In Canada: Cheques should be made out to the “BIC Canadian Conference” and mailed to the Canadian Conference of the BIC Church, 2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville, ON L6H 6E1. (Please indicate “World Hunger Fund” on the memo line of the check.