‘Such as these’ 1 – Gary Cook


Conference introduction: Children, Christ, Country

11 million children will die this year of hunger

129 million underweight children

16% of babies born weigh under 3.3 pounds

We are interested in these beloved children of God..,, Each child has a name, a story, and worth before God.

Different responses:

— Emergency therapeutic feeding… make sure they get the nutrition they need. …

— General and supplemental food aid … critically important work of our government. …

— Child support programs … orphanages or sponsorship programs. ..

— School feeding programs … for many children the most basic nutritution is received in this means….

— Sustainable agriculture and markets … helping people who can provide for themselves … accessible markets …

— Development and job creation

When you put these together you have a whole circle of programs. … broad and diverse.

There are numbers of ways we engage in these — local church, church missions, community, Christian agencies, country governments, USAID, World Food Program, Non Governmental Organizations. … Many of the Christian efforts are dependent on the foreign assistance program of the U.S. government. …

The effectivess; the efficiency; and the level of funding of these programs matters greatly.

Gary Cook is with Bread for the World.

Cook spoke during a May 24-25, 2011, conference titled, “…such as these…”: An Evangelical Advocacy Response to Global Childhood Hunger. The event was held at Dallas Baptist University and sponsored by Bread for the World, Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, National Association of Evangelicals, Micah Challenge, Baptist World Alliance, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, and DBU.

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