More than 200 Southern Baptists raised beyond $6,000 to feed the hungry by participating in the Global Hunger Relief (GHR) Run June 13 during the 2018 meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Through the registration fees paid by the runners, the second GHR Run — which began at 6:30 a.m. on the second day of the SBC meeting in Dallas — raised about $1,000 more than last year’s inaugural run in Phoenix.
GHR is a partnership of seven Southern Baptist entities that collaborate to address hunger needs in the United States and around the world. The Cooperative Program’s support of SBC entities enables 100 percent of the gifts received by GHR to be used in hunger projects carried out by Southern Baptist missionaries and partners. Many churches give attention to the work of GHR, formerly known as the World Hunger Fund, on Global Hunger Sunday in October each year.
Southern Baptist participants in the run commended the collaboration exemplified in GHR, as well as the certainty the funds they provided would go to meet both physical and spiritual needs.
Jim Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), told participants before the run, “This is a beautiful example of how we work together as Southern Baptists.
“[T]his is one of the areas where we enjoy being able to work with the North American Mission Board (NAMB), because they distribute funds back to the state conventions and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is able to distribute funds to churches that are on the ground doing this kind of ministry — feeding the hungry and opening the doors for the Gospel,” Richards told Baptist Press before he ran.
GHR is “a means of meeting a physical need that enables us to bring [out] the spiritual needs in their life and to begin that conversation to share about the Lord Jesus,” he said.
Rachel Sperduto, a former missionary with the International Mission Board (IMB), said she knows “the money that we give to the Cooperative Program, to IMB and to [Baptist Global Response] goes to actually do the work.”
“[S]o many other charities … bring in a lot of money, but it doesn’t necessarily actually go to anything that you would say, ‘Oh, well that’s really ministry,’ or ‘That’s really helping people.’ And so I feel confident that when I give money to these organizations that money is going to go where I want it to go,” she told BP before the race.
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Source: Baptist Press