2015 Night of Worship Oct 9th at 7pm

2015 Night Of Worship

 

October 9th at 7:00pm (Vitnage 242 Church - Dallas, GA)

Streaming Live at www.nohungrychildren.org


Join us for a night of worship as we Worship amd meet our Kenya partner, Maurice Odhiambo. Our founder Brandon Scott Smith will be leading worship, along with several worship leaders from Atlanta area churches October 9th at 7:00pm (directions are linked below). We’ll also be giving some great info/updates about No Hungry Children and lots of great NHC merchandise will be available for sale…including our famous t-shirts!!

This is going to be a great night of worship, prayer and info about No Hungry Children and all that God is doing through our amazing donors and sponsors. We’d love for you to be a part of it. 

PS – we’ll be in the worship center of Vintage 242 church - 492 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas, GA 30157. Please invite all of your friends to join us and help us! We look forward to seeing you at this exciting night of worship.

 

Join Us October 13th-20th!

 

Have you ever wanted to go on a mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya? We are excited to let you know that we are offering that opportunity October 13th-20th 2014. There is so much to do and no better time to be involved with all that No Hungry Children is doing in the slums of Nairobi. Through the feeding program in our 21 different schools, you can help bring joy to children as we work together to meet their spiritual, physical and emotional needs. Not able to go? You can still help financially by supporting our monthly feeding program where just $1 feeds 1 Child for 1 Week! Just click the donate button at the bottom of this page. For more details about the trip or how you can give, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joy Where Not Normally Found

No Hungry Children partners with Manna Ministries, Kenya to feed over 2000 children 10 meals each week through 20 Christian schools in the slums of Nairobi.   In November, Jimmy Gunderman, our Executive Vice-President took a team from Northstar Church of Kennesaw, GA to view our feeding program in action – and here’s what he found.

Q:  Why did you go on this particular trip in November 2013?
We take trips regularly to view the schools where our feeding program is working to make sure all is going well and to encourage the teachers and staff of Manna Ministries on the ground.   On this trip, Marsha James, Kathy Lawrence and Jessica Smith went with us from Northstar Church as they considered sponsoring an entire school from their church.

Marsha James,  Mission Director, Northstar Church, Kennesaw, GA

Q:  What did they decide?
After seeing the difference a feeding program makes in a school, they have now adopted and sponsored the Miracle and Victory Centre School in the Kibera slums, started by Monica Akinyi, a woman who was at one time on the verge of taking her own life.  She decided to turn to the Lord as her final hope and, not only did He save her and her family, but He has used her to establish an entirely new Christian school, which is now feeding children daily thanks to Northstar’s partnership with our No Hungry Children feeding program.

Q:  Where in Nairobi is the school actually located?  We hear it’s in a pretty bad area…

A: Many of our schools are in the Kibera slum area, considered the second-largest slum in the world.  As a matter of fact, when you look at Kibera on a satellite shot, it’s amazing to see how this slum which has 200,000 – 300,000 people per square mile is surrounded by golf courses, apartments and neighborhoods.

Kibera Slum, Nairobi, Kenya

Kibera, surrounded by neighborhoods, golf courses and modern apartments

Q:  When you say “slum”, tell us what you mean…


A: It’s a low-lying area of the city where people are packed on top of people everywhere.  Tin roofs, dirt floors, outdoor latrines, flooding at times that spreads typhoid, hot and dusty at other times, trash burning everywhere that stings your eyes and a smell that you’ll never forget.

Q:  Sounds like a desperate place…

A: It really is, to me.  But the people were smiling, kids were playing, businesses were operating – everyone was making do with what they had.  I saw one man sewing new soles on the bottom of shoes we would have thrown away 5 years ago.  There are many small children working to support their families – like the six-year old I saw cooking grain to make chapati bread, and others out sowing sugar cane.

Q:  So what was it like when the group arrived at the first school where the No Hungry Children feeding program is in operation?

A: The kids were laughing, singing, playing the djembe [hand drum], all because they were excited that the people who are feeding them were on the way!  They had prepared songs and poems for us, and even gave us a letter that thanked us for feeding them because their minds were now clearer and they were able to learn.

Q:  Could you see a difference in the children we feed at school and other children you saw out in the streets?

A: Definitely! The kids not being fed are more lethargic during the day, less interested in learning, much less energy in general, couldn’t focus.  At lunch time about half of them just take a nap where they’re sitting while others go out to try to find something to eat in the garbage in the street.

Our kids are extremely grateful, and to them, school is a joy!  It’s where they go to eat, to learn and to hear the Word of God.

Q:  How about their teachers?

A: Yes, the teachers are just as grateful and there’s a joy about them as they teach the kids daily.  Most of them don’t get paid anything at all – they are doing it because they know it’s what the Lord has called them to do.  At a few schools we are now able to pay some of our teachers thanks to some special donors to our program who have stepped up.

But you have to understand, these teachers don’t think of themselves as poor.  We define poverty in the US as “a lack of possessions.”  They define poverty as “a lack of self-worth.” These teachers know they have value and worth because they are using their gifts and following God’s calling to teach the children.

Q: So now that you’re back home, what can you say the Lord did in YOU during your trip?

A: Good question.  Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed in Africa with all the need that is there, thinking to yourself “I can’t accomplish all this, I can’t meet all these needs I see everywhere!”  On this trip, the Lord continued to pinpoint His calling for us with No Hungry Children, and that is primarily to feed children.  Other needs can pop up and we can confidently know “that’s a need that is going to be met through us.”  With each trip, that continues to be solidified.

When you walk through Nairobi, you see the poor everywhere, hands held out.  At first we were all just giving stuff to people right and left, until a pastor asked us not to do that.  We were surprised, but when asked why, he said “because everyone here is poor – you are not helping.”   We weren’t actually helping people to have initiative or any more incentive to support their own families once we were gone.  Lesson learned.

Q:  If someone’s read all the way to this point and feels like they should explore coming on a trip with No Hungry Children to Nairobi, what’s their next step?

A: We take numerous trips each year and would definitely love to talk with you.  Just shoot us an email to get started – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: #ffffff; border: 0px;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jimmy Gunderman is the Executive Vice-President of Reformed Life Ministries, which operates the No Hungry Children Feeding program.  He lives in Dallas, GA, with his wife Melanie and four children.  He is a businessman and former Children’s Pastor who has a passion for ministering to children.

 

Over $92,000 raised through 2nd Annual Benefit Festival in Tyler TX!!!

Thank you so much for your patience and your prayers, as we have been doing all of the accounting from the benefit festival last Saturday in Tyler TX, as well as the money that has continued to come in over the last week as a result of the event. We have finally finished accounting for everything and I’m SOOOOOO excited to tell you that God gave us over $92,000 in total revenues from pre-event, event and post-event sales/donations/sponsorships. WOW!!!! That’s almost TWICE what God gave us last year.

Here are a few other amazing GOD facts…
• over $40,000 in sponsorships
• over $9,000 in auction items
• over $13,000 in ticket sales on event day
• over $25,000 in merchandise sales and donations
• $1600 from our first ever 5k

God has done some amazing things, but I believe that we are only scratching the surface of what God wants to do. He is bringing churches, businesses and individuals on board to partner with us on a long-term basis; and we believe that through these partnerships and annual events we will be able to add more schools and hundreds of more children to our feeding program in 2014.

Please continue to pray with us that God would raise up more and more people, businesses and churches who want to help us feed as many children as possible in the name of Jesus, so they can get a good education, hear about the love of Christ, and see their hopeless future in the slums of Nairobi turn into a path of purpose, hope and abundant and eternal life in the fold of the Great Shepherd Jesus Christ.

God Bless you and thank you so much for your prayers, support and encouragement.

By the way, we’re about to launch an online store where you can buy our soon to be world famous t-shirts, along with arm bands, stadium cups, koozies and cd’s!! All of the merchandise has been donated so 100% of the purchase price will go to feed children in our feeding program, so you will be able to tell all of your family and friends around the country about our great merchandise and they can help support our cause!! Stay tuned!

Sincerely,

Brandon Scott Smith
www.NoHungryChildren.org
www.BrandonScottSmith.net
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