Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… In the world today, 842 million people do not have enough to eat. The vast majority of these hungry people live in developing countries where 14.3% of the population is malnourished.
Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five. Three million children die of malnutrition each year. One out of six children (approximately 100 million) in developing countries is underweight.
In developing countries, 66 million primary-school-age children attend school hungry. Twenty-three million of these children live in Africa. The WFP (World Food Program) calculates that $3.2 billion USD is needed each year to feed all 66 million hungry school-age children.
Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
How do you think these current realities make God feel? You don’t have to drill down very far in the Scriptures to learn how strongly God feels about caring for the poor, hungry, and suffering.
This has been one of the many reasons that convinced us that we needed to emphasize our international humanitarian relief ministry. We are excited to announce that Fellowship Aid and International Relief (FAIR) will be given departmental status as of January 1, 2015.
My hope is that FAIR will become the vehicle of choice for our Fellowship family to get involved in alleviating suffering in our world.
Our new FAIR department has a Strategic Direction Document that outlines its Mission, Vision, and Values, explaining what we do and why we do it. You’ll find this document attached to this email.
Our vision for FAIR is “to be the key channel through which Fellowship churches provide humanitarian aid in Christ’s name.”
Our new FAIR Director, Rev. Dan Shurr, wants to serve our churches by helping:
· Cooperating Fellowship churches SUPPORT FAIR disaster relief projects.
· Coordinating Fellowship churches SHARE in the facilitating of existing FAIR aid programs.
· Collaborating Fellowship churches CREATE new joint aid programs with FAIR.
FAIR wants to partner with you to alleviate human suffering by creating relief projects and aid programs connected to the local church. It doesn’t matter whether your church has 50 members or 1,000 members—all churches can and should get involved in our FAIR ministry in the days to come.
Contact Dan Shurr if you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions towards future aid programs. We’re here to serve our churches.
Have a blessed week,