2nd Annual No Hungry Children Tyler Benefit Festival less than 30 days Away!!

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since our first annual No Hungry Children Tyler Benefit Festival, where God blew us away with right at $50,000 in donations, sponsorships and sales of merchandise and silent auction items. Well, believe it or not, God is once again blowing our minds with how Tyler and the surrounding communities like Whitehouse TX have come together to raise awareness for hunger both locally and globally (or GLOCALLY as some would say!) as we get ready for the 2nd annual No Hungry Children Tyler Benefit Festival on Saturday May 18th at Bergfeld Park.

This year we have partnered with St. Paul Children’s Foundation who serves several hundred children every month with food, clothing and medical/dental services. They help children and families in over 20 counties in the East Texas area. It’s been a huge blessing to partner with them this year. We originally started out praying we’d raise 5,000 pounds of food, but I believe we are going to BLOW THAT OUT OF THE WATER!! I know we were already over 1,000 pounds as of a week and a half ago, and the great youth group of FBC Whitehouse gathered 3300 items last Saturday as they scavenged the neighborhoods of Whitehouse, going door-to-door collecting non-perishable items and taking donations. Wow!!! How awesome is that!! And that’s only one of many things that people are doing in East Texas to raise awareness about our cause and about the upcoming festival.

Praise God, we have raised over $40,000 so far in sponsorships, donations, merchandise sales and restaurant giveback days, and God continues to send money almost on a daily basis through something or another. This year we’re asking God to help us raise $100,000 by the end of the event on May 18th, and we believe with our whole hearts that God is going to do it.

We are blessed to have so many NEW things this year that have really made an impact in our ability to raise money and put on a first-class festival. Here are some of the highlights:
• $10,000 title sponsor Fenton Motors!!
• Media Title sponsors CBS and KVNE
• $5,000 stage sponsor Stoneway Financial!!
• Headliner band Luminate who is on tour with Mercy Me and from Tyler TX!!
• 5k the morning of the event
• 50 barrels throughout the city to collect food
I could keep going and going (like the Energizer bunny!) but I’ll stop there and just say…WOW…God is amazing!!
When we look back and see what He has done in less than 2 years since we launched NoHungryChildren.org simply to give away my songs and raise awareness of the feeding program in the slums of Nairobi, we had NO IDEA what God was up to. Since the 1st festival in Tyler last May, we’ve gotten our own 501c3 non-profit and have taken over the feeding of 10 schools in the slums of Nairobi, where we now feed 1300-1400 children 2 meals per day each and every school day!! And it STILL only takes $1 to feed 1 child for 1 week!! No one gets paid. We all continue to work as volunteers so we can hopefully continue to add more and more schools and children to our feeding program.
So please, please, please continue to pray for us. We cannot do this on our own. It takes so many of us just being willing to give a little bit of money and a little bit of time to spread the word about this amazing opportunity that even small children are participating in. My friend said “I can’t believe it only takes $1 to get involved with No Hungry Children and to make a difference.” I said “No Todd, it only takes 10 cents to get involved with No Hungry Children and to make a difference. 10 cents will feed a child 1 meal.” He was blown away. He couldn’t stop thinking about the reality that every 10 cents feeds a meal to a child who otherwise would not have had that meal.
I am eager to report to you as the weeks go by what God does as we get closer to the event (only 3 weeks from this Saturday). We have more things happening outside of this event that I can’t wait to talk to you about, such as an online store where you can buy the most amazing t-shirts on the planet (they’re SO comfy and cool!!) and other stuff that will be used to help feed children. We are also working on doing another event in another city in the fall (I’ll let you know if/when we pick a date exactly where it is). We have God moving in people’s hearts to partner with us on a more permanent, long-term basis. It’s just amazing. I could go on and on but I won’t. I’ll save some for another update next week.
Blessings to you and yours. We can’t do this ministry without you. Please continue to pray for us and spread the word about www.NoHungryChildren.org. We love and appreciate each and every one of you.
Sincerely,
Brandon Scott Smith

 

No Hungry Children goes to Haiti!!

I can’t believe that after only 2 years of starting our ministry, the Lord has opened the door for us to start a feeding program in the capitol city of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, which was majorly affected by the earthquake 3 years ago. We are going down to see the opportunity for the first time in July with Northstar Church (Kennesaw, GA) who is starting a church there with the help of Pastor Steve Saintus and his wife Esther, who are from Haiti.

Please be in prayer with us as we seek the Lord’s will regarding this opportunity. There is obviously a HUGE need in Haiti, but we also don’t want to rush into anything and jeopardize the work that the Lord has already given us with our 10 schools and 1400 children in Nairobi Kenya. We appreciate your prayers and support very much.

If you would like to give towards the $1000 needed to feed 100 children for the 5 days we will be in Haiti in July, you can send a check made payable to No Hungry Children to:

3415 Old 41 Hwy, Suite 730
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Just put “Haiti” in the memo line and nothing else. Or you can donate right here on our website by clicking the donate button. In the Paypal checkout process there’s a link for “add special instructions to seller”. Just put the word “Haiti” there.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support of our ministry. We cannot continue to take the gospel to these children through our feeding program without your help. We appreciate you so much.

God Bless You,
Brandon Scott Smith
www.NoHungryChildren.org
www.Facebook.com/nohungrychildren
www.BrandonScottSmith.net
www.Facebook.com/bssmithmusic

P.S. Here’s a picture of “tent city” in Port-au-Prince where we will be ministering in July and looking to start our feeding program.

 

$50,000 Raised/Donated to Date for Tyler Benefit

Just a quick update about the May 19th event…by God’s grace we have raised almost $50,000 in sponsorships, donations and merchandise sales; not to mention food and services that have been donated for or at the event, such as printing, port-o-potties, photography, video, sound equipment, inflatables, and much more. I honestly can’t believe how God has worked over the last 4 months to bring this event to fruition. Of course, he’s used some amazing people and their tireless efforts to make it happen. I am forever indebted to them for their service to this cause and ministry.

I also want to say a BIG “thanks so much” for all of you who have bought items or bid on items at our online silent auction. Just a quick note to let you know that we will be taking down the silent auction items on the morning of May 17th, so we can start transferring all of the bids to paper for the event on May 19th, where the bidding will continue and the items will be awarded to the winning bidders.

Until the morning of May 17th you can still bid or select the “Buy it Now” option for any item that you want to secure. We’d love for as many of these items as possible to be purchased prior to the event with the “Buy it Now” option, as this will allow us to have less items to manage out the outdoor location. This option will also help those of you who may not be able to attend the event, as many of the items are able to be used outside of Tyler (Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Outback, Sonic toothbrush, luggage, etc.). Please help us spread the word about our silent auction by forwarding this email or sending this link to your friends, families and co-workers. www.nohungrychildren.org/products.php

We appreciate your support so much, and we pray that God would continue to bless you. Please pray for our ministry and our event on the 19th. There is so much still to be done as we enter these last two weeks leading up to the event. We covet your prayers. Have a blessed week.

God Bless You,

Brandon Scott Smith

www.NoHungryChildren.org

www.BrandonScottSmith.net

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