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Joy to the World

After flying back to Raleigh from a wonderful packaging event at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, I have spent the week here. The timing was perfect as there were numerous meetings and other engagements that required my participation.

One surprise was that yesterday when I walked into the office, Ryan, our administrative assistant in the International Program office handed me a stack of personal mail. Since I am no longer in the office on a regular basis, the mail had accumulated and no one had thought to give it to me before yesterday.

I enjoyed seeing Christmas greetings from several colleagues and old friends. Then I opened a small Christmas card from a name I didn’t recognize. The front of the card read “Joy to the World. ” Inside was this personal note.

Dear Ray,

I heard a SHN presentation 2 years ago & have wanted to send this donation ever since. Thank you for inspiring all of us to do more.

Gratefully,

Also inside the card was a folded check for $1500 to Stop Hunger Now.

What a wonderful way to begin the day. The kind words and the gift are powerful affirmations that the message and the work of Stop Hunger Now continue to touch lives around the world.

Thank you to all who are working to make a difference in the lives of those most in need. Feeding the hungry is the work of Christmas, and it goes on long after the decorations are taken down and the trees are gone.

Thanks for caring enough to act. Thank you for being a part of a global movement to end hunger in our lifetime.Working together we are changing the world.

two million meals…and counting!

I am currently in Birmingham, Alabama where I have had the privilege of helping celebrate a huge milestone at Canterbury United Methodist Church. The story from a recent Stop Hunger Now Staff Update tells the story.

Volunteer Highlight – First MPE host to reach 2 million meals!  

This Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 3,000 volunteers from the Birmingham, AL community will package 500,000 meals for people in need around the world. That meal-packaging blitz will bring to two million the number of meals that over 8,000 volunteers from those churches have prepared in partnership with Stop Hunger Now since 2011.

 Canterbury UMC has led the charge in partnership with other Birmingham churches, Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, and Brookwood Baptist Church in Birmingham. The meals packaged over the past 5 years have been shipped to Honduras, Haiti, Azerbaijan, Zambia and the Philippines.  

 Join us in celebrating this huge milestone for our team and our committed MPE partners in Birmingham!  

 Check out their video from last year’s event.  http://vimeo.com/89150093

What the update cannot completely convey is the sense of excitement and the deep commitment all the members of Canterbury have for partnering to feed hungry children around the world. Last year, a group of five women from the church even travelled to Haiti to see the meals they had packaged being distributed.

And now a couple of their partner churches have decided to do their own 500,000 meal events! What a powerful example of love in action. Canterbury United Methodist Church’s commitment to feeding the hungry is a powerful demonstration of living out the gospel.

working together around the world

A little later this morning I will leave home to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to take part in a special celebration and milestone event at Canterbury United Methodist Church. They are hosting their fourth meal packaging event. And while that is cause for celebration, an even bigger reason to celebrate is that they are achieving a wonderful distinction. More about that in tomorrow’s post.

Below are some more exciting facts taken from the latest Stop Hunger Now weekly staff update.

Did you know?

The Stop Hunger Now team DOUBLED our international meal packaging to 6.4 million  in 2014, thanks to an awesome team effort!

Check out some of the highlights…maybe you were there!

  • Hewlett-Packard engaged 5,000 employee volunteers in packaging 1.4 million meals in 10 countries!

  • Rotarians packaged 30,000 meals at the 2014 Rotary International Conference in Sydney, Australia, sponsored by Zambrero

  • More than 5,000 volunteers (including Graca Machel) packaged 848,681 meals for Mandela Day in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

  • HSBC Bank packaged more than 192,000 meals with Stop Hunger Now Philippines

  • SanDisk volunteers packaged more than 300,000 meals in our first event in Shanghai, China facilitated by Stop Hunger Now Malaysia

 Stay tuned,  we are opening two new Affiliate offices in India and Peru.  Through the establishment of Affiliate offices, Stop Hunger Now has a distinctive ability to have a sustainable impact, harnessing the collective energies of populations around the world in the fight against hunger.