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If you are attending our October 1-2 national conference in Austin, you will have the opportunity to interact with some remarkable ministries that faithfully serve orphaned and vulnerable children. One of those organization is Food for the Hungry. I really like Food for the Hungry’s mission: “To walk with churches, leaders and families in overcoming all forms of human poverty by living in healthy relationship with God and His creation.” Here’s how they explain their mission:

Food for the Hungry embraces an intensely personal and biblical response to God’s call to end physical and spiritual hungers worldwide. This intentional walk with the poor mirrors God’s walk with each of us, recognizing our own brokenness and His transforming grace that brings out our God-given potential.

What does the walk look like? In short, it is coming alongside, helping and equipping:

Leaders: To solve problems in their community.

Churches: To meet the physical and spiritual needs in their community.

Families: To meet the physical and spiritual needs in their family.

This huge and staggering call from God is expressed well in Micah 6:8, a central passage that undergirds our walk with the poor.

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

In response to His call, and compelled by the love of Christ, Food for the Hungry goes to the hard places – places darkened by poverty, war and injustice – to bring hope and help to children, families and communities in the most impoverished countries around the world.

Food for the Hungry is leading a mini-breakout track at our upcoming conference:

Orphan Care Partnerships: Church-to-Church and Church-to-Community (Food for the Hungry)

Session 4 (October 2, 1:15 – 2:15 pm) James 1:27 in Full: Orphans, Widows, and Defacto Orphans – a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership between churches in Austin and a community in Ethiopia. Learn how one church has launched a $700,000 community-to-community partnership (in conjunction with 17 indigenous churches and Food for the Hungry International) to serve as “virtual foster parents” for 300 orphans living alone, to serve dying widows and their defacto orphans, and to promote indigenous adoption. Pre-read the partnership’s blog at www.zewayupdate.blogspot.com

Session 5 (October 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm) Orphan Care as True Evangelism – a multi-year orphan care partnership has become a model for evangelism and spreading the Gospel in a predominantly Muslim area of Ethiopia. Learn how meeting the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of orphans can lead to spiritual transformation, for the orphans and those around them. From mud hut painting, to grief and loss support groups, to building libraries, see the undefiled and pure religion of caring for orphans can bring people to Christ through.

Make sure you interact with Food for the Hungry at the conference.


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