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OPINION

Are you ready to fight hunger Oct. 9?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- With World Hunger Sunday approaching Oct. 9, churches and other groups who want to engage the issue of world hunger have a variety of resources available to them.
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One new item for 2011 is World Hunger 101, a two-hour churchwide event that explores the issue of world hunger. The downloadable event pack from Woman's Missionary Union includes suggestions about ways to introduce the topic and how to consolidate a full understanding of issues related to hunger. Each age-level session plan includes promotion ideas and hunger project ideas.

World Hunger 101 is available for download at www.wmustore.com

A wide variety of resources also can be found at www.worldhungerfund.com, the homepage for the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund.

Among the free downloadable resources:

-- Bulletin inserts, the World Hunger Fund logo, mini-poster ads, videos and a PowerPoint presentation.

-- Soup can labels to create receptacles for WHF donations.

-- A mini coloring book depicting real people whose lives are being touched through Southern Baptist hunger ministries.

-- A drama script that can be used to educate church groups on the Christian mandate to minister to the poor.

Among the low-cost items available for order on the site:

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-- "Impact World Hunger," a four-page publication, sized for easy placement in most church bulletins, that also can be used as a stand-alone informational handout.

-- World Hunger Bread Bank to help churches, schools, or community groups fight world hunger by collecting money to donate to the World Hunger Fund.

-- World Hunger Fund offering envelopes.

-- A "B.E.A.T. Hunger" retreat kit.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission also provides resources at erlc.com/hunger:

-- Articles on topics such as biblical directives for combating hunger and poverty and how to begin a hunger ministry.

-- Two sermons, "The Ministry of the Open Hand" and "Do Justice to the Afflicted and Needy."

Adapted from information on www.worldhungerfund.com and www.erlc.com

Copyright (c) 2011 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press www.BPNews.net

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