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.
Brandon Scott Smith