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Seeds of Hope Publishers Engaging Churches in the Healing of Hunger & Poverty 602 James Avenue Waco, Texas 76706 254-755-7745 e-mail: [email protected] website: www.seedspublishers.org
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Our most basic purpose is to engage Christians to act on Christ's commission to care for the poor and helpless of the world, and to encourage and inspire those who do. We believe that Christians respond with compassion and energy when they are informed about the realities of poverty in the world, and when they are offered specific, creative ways to act. We exist to provide that information, and to make our readers aware of the wide variety of ministries and opportunities for participation available to them. Seeds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Mission: At Seeds of Hope Publishers we are working hard to provide a rich, accessible diet of ideas, information, and inspiration to nourish Christians who are working for the day when all God’s children will enjoy enough to eat and the physical and spiritual resources to pursue happy, healthy, productive lives.

05/17/2020
South Main Baptist Church Virtual Choir – Hallelujah Chorus

We hope you have a blessed Sunday. Below is a link we wanted to share with you from the Sanctuary Choir at South Main Baptist Church - Houston, Texas.

Please enjoy this virtual "Hallelujah Chorus" by this gifted choir.

https://vimeo.com/406622866

Watch our Virtual Sanctuary Choir perform Handel's Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah. Thanks to Josh Turner for producing and editing this video.

We received this quote from our friend, Al Staggs. Al began a career as a performing artist presenting his highly acclai...
05/16/2020

We received this quote from our friend, Al Staggs.

Al began a career as a performing artist presenting his highly acclaimed, original one-person dramatization entitled "A View From the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer" to churches, synagogues, colleges and organizations throughout the world.

Feel the need to read about hunger and social injustice in God's world?Head over to our website and be entertained for h...
05/14/2020
Seeds Publishers

Feel the need to read about hunger and social injustice in God's world?

Head over to our website and be entertained for hours!

http://www.seedspublishers.org/

Welcome to the Seeds of Hope Publishers web site! We are working hard to provide a rich, accessible diet of ideas, information and inspiration to nourish Christians who are working for the day when all of God’s children will enjoy enough to eat and the physical and spiritual resources to pursue ha...

05/13/2020

Do you know someone who's...

Streamlined the distribution of food baskets to a line of waiting people in cars?

Encouraging posts and social media inspire you to keep moving forward in grace during this time of uncertainty?

Converted their church or building into a place for those living in homelessness to stay safe and socially distanced?

If you now of a person, business, organization or group anywhere in the world that is doing a great work to help others during our COVID-19 crisis, we want to know!

We are looking for groups to profile in our posts, and would love your help. We've spotlighted several groups in our hometown of Waco, Texas, and now we'd love to spread the word about encouraging work nationwide and throughout the world.

Let's share some good news! Please DM us or comment below!

05/13/2020

Do you know a person who is doing a great work to help others during this time?

Or, an organization, business or group going above and beyond to serve right now?

Let us know! We want to share some good news! We are looking for groups to profile in our posts, and would love your help. We've spotlighted several groups in our hometown of Waco, Texas, and are now wanting to spread the word worldwide.

Who's streamlined the distribution of food baskets to a line of waiting people in cars?

Who's encouraging posts and social media inspire you to keep moving forward in grace during this time of uncertainty?

Who's converted their church into a place that those living in homelessness can stay safe and socially distanced?

Tell us! We need some good news right now! DM us or comment below! Thanks for being a part of positivity!

In this article by the Washington Post, a poll finds that "Hispanics are almost twice as likely as whites to have lost t...
05/12/2020
Hispanics are almost twice as likely as whites to have lost their jobs amid pandemic, poll finds

In this article by the Washington Post, a poll finds that "Hispanics are almost twice as likely as whites to have lost their jobs amid pandemic."

Race affects our lives.

Too much.

In our Fall 2019 issue of Hunger News and Hope, we examined how race affects food security.

We included stories by Stephanie Boddie and Lakia Scott of
Baylor University, A-dae Briones from the First Nations Development Institute, and our own award-winning reporter, Chelle Samaniego (Who also writes as Dawn Michelle Michals).

This special 12-page issue was sponsored by the Alliance of Baptists and can be found in the Archives section of our website at http://www.seedspublishers.org/news/hnh-archives

Click on HNH Vol 19 No 3, Fall 2019

Now, on to the Washington Post article...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/06/layoffs-race-poll-coronavirus/?utm_campaign=wp_todays_headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_headlines

A Washington Post-Ipsos poll found that Hispanics and blacks are more likely than whites to lose their jobs during the economic shutdowns, deepening the divide in how different racial and ethnic groups are experiencing the crisis.

Mother’s Day is a day of joy for some and a day of sadness for others. In our celebrations, let us be grateful for the g...
05/10/2020

Mother’s Day is a day of joy for some and a day of sadness for others.

In our celebrations, let us be grateful for the gift of motherhood. But let us not forget those who have recently lost their mothers, and even those who might not have pleasant memories of their mothers.

There are also women who are not mothers whom we are causing, inadvertently or not, to feel inadequate on this day.

Yes, remember Mom, but also remember these women. And let us remember those who have been like a mother to us. We at Seeds challenge you to reach out to these people to say “I’m thinking of you” or simply “thank you.”

Did you know Mother’s Day originated as a day of peace? While Anna Jarvis is recognized as the founder of more modern Mo...
05/10/2020

Did you know Mother’s Day originated as a day of peace? While Anna Jarvis is recognized as the founder of more modern Mother’s Day traditions, there were previous attempts to create such a holiday.

In 1868, Anna Jarvis’ mother, Ann Jarvis, attempted to establish a Mother’s Friendship Day to reunite families divided during the US Civil War.

Then, in 1872, Julia Ward Howe led a “Mother’s Day for Peace” observance, which was accompanied by a Mother’s Day Proclamation.

This litany is taken from that proclamation.

https://www.prayerandpolitiks.org/litanies-prayers/2015/04/30/mothers-day.1475091

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bread for the World has decided to move this year’s Advocacy Summit completely online.H...
05/09/2020
2020 Virtual Advocacy Summit: Our Faith, Our Future, June 8-9

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bread for the World has decided to move this year’s Advocacy Summit completely online.

Here's the link to register today for the virtual conference in June.

https://www.bread.org/advocacy-summit

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bread for the World has decided to move this year’s Advocacy Summit completely online. Bread members from around the country will gather virtually to participate in worship, advocacy-focused workshops, learn up-to-date legislative priorities and virtually lobby Con...

In our continuing effort to help raise awareness of the needs of our fellow non-profit organizations during this COVID-1...
05/09/2020
Mission Waco, Mission World ~ Waco, TX

In our continuing effort to help raise awareness of the needs of our fellow non-profit organizations during this COVID-19 pandemic, tonight we will focus on our friends with My Brother's Keeper in Waco, Texas.

My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), a Mission Waco ministry, has been providing shelter for people who live in homelessness for 16 years. In April, when the local “shelter in place” practice began, the shelter had 25 guests. “The number is usually low in April,” Mission Waco director John Calaway said, “because the weather is so nice.”

MBK, a 56-bed facility, was a night-only shelter and was definitely not designed for social distancing or sheltering in place. So the staff asked the guests if they would be willing to move to another, larger facility and shelter in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Seventy percent said yes,” John said. The Mission Waco board, with some church partners, arranged for 10 people to go into permanent housing. Then they moved to a facility with a good indoor space for social distancing, along with a huge outdoor space.

“We still have our activities,” John said. “In fact, we have increased the number of activities—art classes, guitar lessons, job training, food handler licenses, recovery groups, individual and group counseling and a computer lab.” Several ministry partners in town—including the Gospel Café and Salvation Army—have stepped up to provide meals for the guests, since they can’t leave the facility.

“We are keeping our original shelter building for people who have COVID-19 symptoms, and for intake,” John said. People seeking shelter should still come to the MBK site at 1217 Mary Street. The shelter is serving McLennan County residents, but is working to help others get to safe places as well.

What does My Brother’s Keeper need from the community? “Obviously money,” John said, “but that’s what everybody needs.” However, in addition to monetary help, the shelter needs Lysol and other disinfectants. These can be dropped off on the sidewalk at the main Mission Waco office at 1315 N. 15th. Another need is for volunteers. Many Mission Waco staff members have had to stay away or cut down their hours because of health vulnerability, and the organization needs volunteers to fill those vacancies. This consists of mowing grass, cleaning and other tasks that are not considered dangerous. People who are interested in helping should email [email protected].

http://missionwaco.org

Did you know...More Than One in Five US Adults Experienced Food Insecurity in the Early Weeks of the PandemicWere you on...
05/06/2020
More Than One in Five US Adults Experienced Food Insecurity in the Early Weeks of the Pandemic

Did you know...

More Than One in Five US Adults Experienced Food Insecurity in the Early Weeks of the Pandemic

Were you one of them? Do you know someone who was?

https://www.urban.org/urban-wire/more-one-five-us-adults-experienced-food-insecurity-early-weeks-pandemic?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=4d40cc48-f8e8-49f4-94e9-54ff20821ac1

The COVID-19 pandemic has already taken a significant toll on families’ abilities to meet basic needs.

05/05/2020

Our non-profit spotlights continue as COVID-19 changes how we do things in the non-profit world.

For 11 years, Shepherd's Heart Food Pantry has been serving food-insecure people every Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. in Waco, Texas. Before COVID-19 changed all of the rules, Shepherd’s Heart had a “client choice” model in which recipients could enter the pantry and choose their own groceries. Now, however, a new procedure is in place. Clients drive through the parking lot, and volunteers place pre-packaged orders directly into the trunks of their cars. Executive Director Bob Gager said the number of clients increased in April by 27 percent. In addition to those who come to the pantry to pick up food, volunteers deliver groceries to 730 seniors once a month. That ministry has continued.

“We have been fortunate to get enough volunteers,” Bob said. However, some of those were folks who weren’t allowed to go to work, and now they are beginning to go back, the pantry needs volunteers to replace them. The Central Texas Food Bank, which supplies much of the food Shepherd’s Heart distributes, is overwhelmed with orders, so the trucks are arriving later than normal, and more help is needed to get the food ready for Thursday distribution.

In addition to volunteers, Shepherd’s Heart also needs monetary donations. Bob said that, since the retail store is closed, the agency is losing 36 percent of its income. That income is used to purchase food for the pantry. “This isn’t going to be over in four weeks,” Bob said. We urge any of you to help in one or both of these ways.

COVID-19 is affecting all of us. But, for those who are living with  lower incomes, the effects of the current economy c...
05/05/2020
How COVID-19 (coronavirus) impacts food stamp (SNAP) benefits and more. | Fresh EBT

COVID-19 is affecting all of us.

But, for those who are living with lower incomes, the effects of the current economy can be devastating.

Here is some information and advice on how to navigate our current economic situation.

https://www.freshebt.com/blog/covid19-coronavirus-food-stamps-snap/

Regularly updated information about how COVID-19 (coronavirus) impacts food stamps (SNAP), unemployment insurance benefits, utility bills, and more.

05/05/2020

Tomorrow is a special day.

#GivingTuesday is May 5th. We know a lot of you are familiar with this one-day event of giving that usually happens around Thanksgiving.

But, this year is definitely different as we all know. So tomorrow, May 5th, we ask that you give generously to your favorite non-profit organization.

And, if you need suggestions, we've been posting spotlight organizations the past few weeks and their needs throughout this pandemic.

If you see an organization you like, please give. Your donation in any size makes a huge difference to those in our world in need.

For a majority of Americans, shopping online to buy groceries to avoid COVID-19 exposure is not a problem. But, for Amer...
05/04/2020
For Most Food Stamp Users, Online Shopping Isn’t an Option

For a majority of Americans, shopping online to buy groceries to avoid COVID-19 exposure is not a problem. But, for Americans who use SNAP (food stamps) to purchase food, online ordering is not an option...yet.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/your-money/food-stamps-snap-coronavirus.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=4d40cc48-f8e8-49f4-94e9-54ff20821ac1

Rules and store technology can impede Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients, but a pilot effort to expand access is picking up speed.

Wherever I make my home, I tape this photo to the door of one of my kitchen cabinets. A woman stands on the balcony of h...
05/03/2020

Wherever I make my home, I tape this photo to the door of one of my kitchen cabinets. A woman stands on the balcony of her apartment building damaged by bombs, calmly watering her plants. I've seen the photo every day for more than thirty years, often marveling at its power to tell its story. Within the last few weeks, it's gained meaning far beyond its original intent as a news story, even beyond its meaning as a snapshot of "a day in the life of Nancie Wingo."

Many of you knew my dear friend Nancie who taught at Beirut Baptist School for more than twenty-five years before she moved to Gaza and then retired in Fort Worth; many of you know this photo. In 1984, during the civil war in Lebanon, Time/Life sent a team to the Muslim neighborhood where Nancie lived to do a story on "The Last Americans in Beirut." This photo appeared in Life that year.

Were I to have given this picture a title before the last few months, I would have named it "Nancie on Her Balcony, Watering Her Plants" or "How Can Nancie Live Her Life in the Middle of All That's Going on Around Her?"

Now I think I would simply say "Sheltering in Place." In times like those -- or these -- watering our plants, tending the place where our heart abides, is a good thing to do.

"You who live in the shelter of the
Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the
Almighty,
will say to the Lord, "My refuge
and my fortress:
my God in whom I trust." -- Psalm 91:1-2

~From Monday Meditations with Sharlande Sledge the Associate Pastor at Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.

Lake Shore Baptist Church

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My good friend Jeremy Everett, Executive Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative, has written a wonderful new book, I Was Hungry. Check out this link from the Waco Tribune-Herald.
Several members of the Seeds team are in the Republic of Georgia, participating in a Seeds project called Creating Hope. This is the Facebook event. It's in Georgian. For English, you need to scroll down.
Here is the Facebook event for the Seeds Creating Hope project that starts in two days in Tbilisi, Georgia. It's in Georgian, so, for English, you'll need to scroll down the page.