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Global Hunger Relief marks historic year at SBC annual meeting

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 17, 2015Almost 1 billion people are undernourished, and during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting today in Columbus, Ohio, Southern Baptist leaders called on churches to address the global hunger crisis.

Chronic hunger is a debilitating problem for many around the world, said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Global Hunger Relief, a cooperative Southern Baptist initiative, sponsored an exhibit calling attention to the hunger crisis in both North America and across the globe. In addition to the exhibit, GHR gave a special report during the general session of the SBC for the first time, just prior to the historic commissioning service of missionaries for the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board.

IMB President David Platt told messengers in a pre-recorded report: Global Hunger Relief is great means through which Southern Baptists can say, were not just about proclaiming the Gospel. Were also about demonstrating the love of Christ through these physical provisions and sustainable ways we can serve people, communities and villages, as we proclaim the Gospel.”

NAMB President Kevin Ezell said, This is another example, of how we, as believers in Christ, can do more together than alone.

The special report was a result of a 2014 resolution approved by the convention to continue to draw attention to the global hunger crisis and to support the work of GHR, formerly known as the World Hunger Fund.

GHR is a partnership of the IMB, NAMB, ERLC, LifeWay Christian Resources, the SBC Executive Committee, Baptist Global Response and Womans Missionary Union.

Through the cooperation of the Southern Baptist entities, 100% of donations to GHR go directly to meeting hunger needs, with no deductions for promotional and administrative costs. More information is available at globalhungerrelief.com.

The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

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