Loaves and Fishes Offering
will benefit the hunger needs in Choctaw Presbytery in southeastern Oklahoma. We will dedicate our offering during worship on Sunday, November 19, 2017 during the morning worship services.
2017 Loaves and Fishes Offering
This hunger offering has in the past been named “Love Loaves.” A few years ago it changed its name to “Loaves and Fishes.” This is a remembrance of the young boy who offered Jesus his five loaves and two fishes to help feed the crowd of 5000. We will ask each person who takes a box to put coins at each meal, or once a day, and of course, cash is welcomed. Our church will keep 25% for local hunger needs and the rest will go to meet hunger needs in Choctaw Presbytery in Southeastern Oklahoma where we have had mission work since the Trail of Tears. We will collect these offerings in November. Try and remember this offering and the hungry of our world as we eat each meal. Encourage children to give. Set the box on your table to help you remember.
“Then the children were brought to him [Jesus] that he might lay his hands on them and pray.”- Matthew 19:13
2016 Loaves & Fishes Offering
What if You Could Put a Blessing in a Box?
Haiti, the poorest country in our hemisphere, is our newest mission field. Haiti needs a blessing. With six Cumberland Presbyterian churches located in Haiti’s countryside, three have small primary schools which are open-air with dirt floors and tin roofs. All of our churches look for ways to help their communities. This year’s Loaves & Fishes offering will help us start hot lunch programs to feed hungry children in Haiti. Pick up your Loaves & Fishes boxes, and start collecting.
God is great. God is
good. Let us thank him for our food.
By God’s hands we all are fed. Give us Lord our daily bread. Amen.
We encourage all to give this year to
the Loaves & Fishes Offering and touch the lives of children and their
families in Haiti.
2014 & 2015 Offerings
Guatemala is a country in Latin with extreme poverty. One-half of the population lives in poverty and 13% lives in extreme poverty. Guatemala has the highest rate of malnutrition for children under the age of 5 in all of Latin America. And it’s the 4th highest in the world!! Casa de Fe y Oración Cumberland Presbyterian Church (House of Faith and Prayer) is located in Mixco, the third largest city in Guatemala and adjacent to the capital Guatemala City. Just a few blocks from the church is a very dangerous part of town, that some identify as the most dangerous part of Mixco. This area is known for gang violence, so police and the military patrol the area and commerce trucks traveling use hired guards to protect their merchandise. Typical of this part of the world children are everywhere. Sadly, they too are exposed to the streets. When the church conducts a special children’s event, children fill the building. And most of those children come hungry.
The goal for this year’s Loaves & Fishes Offering is to start a new ministry that is built around a Hot Lunch program for children. It will involve a daily lunch, in addition to medical, nutritional, physiological, educational and spiritual care as needed. Our missionaries in Guatemala are from Colombia and have firsthand experience working with hot lunch programs.
Most novels are just one volume, but then there are other novels that require two volumes to tell the full story. Such is our Loaves and Fishes offering this year. Last year we told the story about Christian hands being an expression of Christ’s hands in our world. Our offering was dedicated to blessing children, in particular children in Guatemala. Our vision continues! Our goal is to open a second medical clinic in Guatemala. The CP Church already operates one clinic that is attached to the Casa Shalom orphanage, located one hour outside Guatemala City. The new clinic we are developing will be located within Guatemala City as an expression of a church’s ministry. Plans for this ministry have been submitted, the location and details are being ironed out. To open a clinic is no short story, it is a significant undertaking and in our case a two part novel. We hope to have the new city clinic up and running by the end of 2013 or early in 2014.
Volume two of Loaves and Fishes will provide medical services within the context of a church, that is, a worshipping community. In addition to medical services we have the vision of family counseling, using a psychologist or family therapist to work with the parents whose children have been placed in a children’s home by court order. We also plan to provide funds from this offering to help feed children in a poor neighborhood in Guatemala City as another outreach of the new Guatemala City clinic. So this clinic will have a holistic “hands reaching out” approach, healing bodies, healing families, proclaiming Christ, and providing food to the needy. The Missions Ministry Team, through its missionaries in Guatemala and its new partnership with Comunidad de Fe Church in Guatemala City, will also be attentive to the spiritual needs of those we reach out to.
Offerings for Loaves and Fishes will support this ministry, at the same time we are developing new CP churches in Guatemala. Over the next two years we will support the new clinic and its outreach with the anticipation that it can become financially self-sufficient and part of the new CP Church being planted in Guatemala. This is our second Loaves and Fishes offering for this project and we hope it will lead to a lasting expression of hands reaching out to heal, to restore, to affirm, to nourish, and to bless.