Columbia Star

Spring Valley Baptist Church raises money for 60,000 meals

On August 24, 2013, Spring Valley Baptist Church will team up with Stop Hunger Now, a Raleigh based hunger relief agency whose goal it is to reduce world hunger. (www.stophungernow.or) On any given day, 25,000 people throughout the world die due to malnutrition. Since 2005, Stop Hunger Now has made good on its mission by delivering more than 70 million meals to 76 countries around the world.

In 2012, Brad Fleming, the volunteer coordinator for Spring Valley Baptist Church, challenged the congregants to fund and participate in the packaging of 45,000 meals. Each meal that is packaged cost 25 cents. Having enjoyed the challenge and the reward of reaching their goal in 2012, Fleming raised the bar for his congregation in 2013. He challenged them to raise the funds and supply the needed volunteers to package 50,000 meals. He emphasized this would help to reduce world hunger for two full days. It was learned early this week that Fleming and his congregants will be packaging 60,000 meals far surpassing what was believed to be an already lofty goal.

Early on the morning of August 24, a group of individuals will enter the fellowship hall at Spring Valley Baptist Church where they will set up three assembly lines prior to volunteers arriving. This process will combine rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a flavoring mix; the mix includes 21 essential vitamins and minerals, which are weighed and divided into small meal packages. Runners will be assigned to each assembly line to pick up the packaged meals and take them to be readied for shipping. After being readied, community volunteers will load the boxes onto a large truck.

In 2012, the 45,000 packaged meals were shipped to Nicaragua, the poorest country in Central America. The excitement is high as to where the meals will be shipped this year. On the morning of the 24th, the volunteers will learn who will benefit from their rewarding work.

Speculation has already begun. Said one volunteer, I had been part of a mission trip to Nicaragua, and I saw the need. I was so thrilled in 2012 when I learned the meals would be shipped to people I had helped. However, all agree the real goal is to help stop world hunger where ever the meals are shipped.

The enthusiasm within the church is at an all time high. This past Sunday many in the congregation including the Senior Pastor Dr. Robert Windburn wore their Stop Hunger tee shirts in recognition of having surpassed their goal. Many congregants are being heard speculating as to the number of meals they will be challenged to fund and package in 2014. The excitement is already building momentum.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer and join Spring Valley Baptist and its congregants during this exciting and rewarding time may do so through pre-registration at the church’s website, missions.

There will be two shifts of volunteers beginning at 9: 00 a. m. with special provisions made for senior citizens who are participating. Childcare will be provided for volunteers. Anyone wishing to visit the church, see the assembly lines, and to view this most worthwhile endeavor is invited to do so.

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