MANNA and Kids Helping Kids
MANNA (Ministering Aid to Needy Nations Abroad) and Kids Helping Kids highlights are easy-to-understand current or past examples* of how Southern Baptist missionaries are using World Hunger and/or General Relief Funds to support human needs.
You may use these examples in your church, Sunday School class, small group study, VBS classes, AWANA or in other creative ways to share how human needs are being met around the world or to promote giving to the World Hunger and/or General Relief Funds.
Widows and poor women with no work or literacy skills are learning to sew in order to sell goods at a local market and in turn provide food for their families. They're also taught reading and writing through Bible stories and proverbs. Since they are unable to work while taking the classes, the women are provided a small food stipend. Each woman who completes the training receives a sewing machine. Follow-up ensures the women are able to sustain their financial needs. According to project directors, about 50 women have come to faith through this ministry.
$ .82 per day provides the food stipend for one woman
$4 provides cloth for one woman
$35 provides one sewing machine
Malaria Treatment Plants
Malaria is the number one cause of death in a very rural area of Africa. Sixty percent of the population have more than a half-day walk to the nearest clinic for treatment. A plant, Artemisia annua, has proved nearly 100 percent effective in treating malaria. Southern Baptist missionaries are distributing these plants to farmers and families, who are also taught how to grow the plant so they won't be dependent on others for treatment.
Example cost: 25 cents per plant
Education and Food Project
Impoverished children involved in tutoring sessions are provided one nutritious meal a day, five days a week. This project serves more than 200 children. The children have gained weight and teachers have noted improved health, ability to pay attention, study habits and grades. Children also are taught responsibility, and parents have reported that the children are taking on more responsibilities at home. The Gospel has been shared with more than 1,000 people, and a weekly house worship service has started. A nearby community with similar human needs has seen the results and is starting a similar program.
Example cost: 41 cents provides one meal per child per day
About 60,000 rural villagers cluster in one area of Europe. Despite the group’s size, their ethnicity blocks them from receiving government assistance. Villagers are being taught how to use sheep to support their families. Many villagers are opening their doors to allow field personnel to also teach them Bible stories.
Example cost: $122 provides one sheep
Clean drinking water is essential to overall community health. Most people think of digging a well, but other systems such as water tanks or rainwater catchment systems provide the same result - clean water.
Field personnel consider climate, local stability and resources, the depth needed to drill and other important factors to determine the most appropriate system for a particular area. These factors also determine the cost of a water system and vary widely from country to country. World Hunger Funds are providing clean water to many communities throughout the world. Here are a few examples:
In Central Asia World Hunger Funds provided for the drilling, completion and hand pump installation of 10 water wells in several villages. Field personnel developed good relationships with village elders, who shared additional water needs in nearby locations. These water projects have resulted in the Lord leading five men to profess their faith in Jesus.
Example cost: approximately $3,400 per well
Three hundred water tanks are being provided in a Middle Eastern country affected by civil war. Field personnel work with local residents to install the tanks and are also welcomed into homes so that they may share the Gospel. Approximately 10,000 people are benefiting from the project.
Example cost: Approximately $150 per tank
Thirty water storage tanks with a capacity of 10,590 gallons each are being provided in an African country. Approximately 25,000 people will benefit with improved health for many years.
Example cost: Approximately $1,590 per tank
*Please note that these are only examples and are not sponsorship opportunities.