Rise Against Hunger
Meal Packaging and Responding to Crisis
On May 21, 2017, Presbyterians and Boy Scouts gathered to celebrate the fight hunger by packaging meals. The generous hearts and helpful hands packaged 15,000 meals that day! Rise Against Hunger provided all the equipment, and meal ingredients. Folks from 5 to 80 years old and more provided the hearts and hands. Let’s do this again next year!
Rise Against Hunger meal packaging volunteers produce millions of nutritious meals annually that are then distributed to partners in countries around the world. Those partners are best able to address the causes and effects of hunger based on their local presence and expertise. Through thorough monitoring and evaluation process, they ensure the meals distributed by those partners are used as a tool to change lives by promoting education, improving students’ health and nutrition, addressing gender inequalities, stimulating economic growth and fighting child labor.
Another core focus of Rise Against Hunger is responding to crises–both natural and man-made. From droughts to floods, in conflict zones and transitioning political situations, food is often the most immediate need. When everyday access to food, wages, and market systems are destroyed in the wake of emergencies, Rise Against Hunger works through a network of in-country partners to address these needs. We strive to ensure aid is efficiently and effectively deployed to and received by communities when it is needed most.
Christian Communications Institute (CCI)
First Presbyterian Supports Missionaries in Thailand
Missionaries Andy and Ellen Collins have worked alongside CCI since 2006, and led a similar tour to the USA in 2009. Founded nearly 40 years ago, CCI has a staff of professional performers as well as audio-visual technicians and administrative staff. CCI’s aim is to raise awareness of key social issues and to communicate the Christian message through Thai music, dance and drama. Using both traditional and modern art forms, CCI leads programs in schools and communities throughout Thailand.
First Presbyterian has promised prayers and financial support when able, to the Collins and their ministry in Thailand. We were pleased to receive newsletters that share an update on their ministry.