ELCA World Hunger Minsitry
responding to regional and global needs
Every afternoon for the past 10 years, 88-year-old Jim Freeman hears a knock at the door. A smile comes over his face as he walks to greet a volunteer from Mobile Meals, who is holding a warm, nutritious meal. Sometimes a nurse or a chaplain is there too—just to check on him. On his birthday, he receives a birthday card and cake.
Jim’s wife recently passed away after a 22-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. His two adult children have moved away. So it is just Jim and his dog, Brook, who occupy his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Jim, like many of the 600 people served by Mobile Meals each day, lives below the poverty level. “I have no income other than my social security,” he says. “When I crunch the numbers, I realize that without this [help] I would not eat the way I do.”
As Jim ages, volunteers pay careful attention to his dietary needs—adding vitamins, limiting salts, increasing fluids—whatever it takes to keep Jim healthy and free from hunger. “We are feeding God’s people,” says Ralph Gillespie, a Lutheran volunteer. “And that’s what the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America World Hunger ministry is all about.”
St. Paul’s – Red Hill partners with congregations throughout the region and county to support the World Hunger ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Locally we support the Food Pantry at Open Line, a social service agency serving the Upper Perkiomen Valley,
Addressing Hunger | partnering with others
Globally, over a billion people are hungry. That’s one in 6 people. One of 4 children in the United States are at risk for hunger.
ELCA World Hunger responds to hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world by addressing root causes. Through a comprehensive program of relief, development, education, and advocacy, people are connected to the resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Between 70-75 percent of ELCA World Hunger funds are spent internationally, and 20-25 percent are spent domestically.
Together, in Christ’s name, we experience the transforming power of connection. As individuals, congregations, and synods, our humble offerings and actions are gathered, blessed, and multiplied.
ELCA World Hunger responds to Christ’s call to “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37), serving with compassion people who are most vulnerable, paying focused attention to the full participation of women and the needs of children.
Literacy Program | A Mother’s Hope
It’s a Wednesday afternoon in the village of Keur Massar, outside Yeumbeul, Senegal.
In a large classroom at the local elementary school, 18 women are slowly gathering. Some are chatting quietly in small groups and others are simply sitting, waiting. One woman walks in a few minutes late with a sleeping baby strapped to her back and two timid toddlers holding her hands. The woman and her children take a seat towards the back of the room — the front seats have all been taken. Many of the women have never before attended school.
Three times a week, for two hours at a time, these women come together to learn how to write and read their mother tongue, to add and subtract, to keep basic accounting books, and to care for their own bodies and their children’s.
Daffé’s group is just one of 77 such literacy classes operated since 1997 through the global mission partnerships of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.