World Renew invites you to participate in the 2014 World Hunger Campaign: Farm to Table
Taste and see that the Lord is good! How blessed is the one who takes shelter in Him! ~ Psalm 34:8
 
The 2014 World Hunger Campaign from World Renew reminds us that food is a great gift from God. Through it you will learn from global farmers who have much they can teach us about being aware of God’s goodness and praising Him for the rain, sun, soil, seeds, and tools that make each day’s food possible. 
 
And, you can fight world hunger through an offering that supports World Renew’s food security programs. The campaign components include a daily devotional booklet geared towards families with young children, a daily devotional booklet for adults, bulletin inserts, bulletin covers, Peter Fish banks, a complete leader’s guide, poster, and much more!
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact World Renew at 800-552-7972.
 

CANADIAN CHURCHES THAT PARTICIPATED IN 2013

ALBERTA

  • Barrhead CRC - Barrhead
  • Bethel Community CRC - Edmonton
  • Bethel CRC - Lacombe
  • Burdett CRC - Burdett
  • Covenant CRC - Edmonton
  • Covenant CRC - Rocky Mountain House
  • CRC of Brooks - Brooks
  • Ebenezer CRC - Leduc
  • Edson-Peers CRC - Edson
  • Emmanuel CRC - Calgary
  • Faith Fellowship CRC - Fairview
  • Fellowship CRC - Edmonton
  • First CRC - Edmonton
  • First CRC - Lethbridge
  • First CRC - Red Deer
  • First CRC - Rocky Mountain House
  • First CRC - Taber, AB
  • Granum CRC - Granum
  • High River CRC - High River
  • Hope CRC - Stony Plain
  • Inglewood CRC - Edmonton
  • Iron Springs CRC - Iron Springs
  • La Glace CRC - La Glace
  • Maranatha CRC - Calgary
  • Maranatha CRC - Edmonton
  • Maranatha CRC - Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat CRC - Medicine Hat
  • Neerlandia CRC - Neerlandia
  • New Life Fellowship CRC - Red Deer
  • Nobleford CRC - Nobleford
  • River Park CRC - Calgary
  • Sonrise CRC - Ponoka
  • Trinity CRC of Edmonton - Edmonton
  • West End CRC - Edmonton
  • Woodynook CRC - Blackfalds

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • Agassiz CRC - Agassiz
  • Alberni Valley CRC - Port Alberni
  • Bridge Community CRC - Langley
  • Christ Community CRC - Nanaimo
  • Christ Community CRC - Victoria
  • Cornerstone CRC - Salmon Arm
  • Duncan CRC - Duncan
  • East Hill Community CRC - Vernon
  • First CRC - Richmond
  • First CRC - Vancouver
  • Fleetwood CRC - Surrey
  • Houston CRC - Houston
  • Immanuel CRC - Langley
  • Kelowna CRC - Kelowna
  • Ladner CRC - Delta
  • Living Hope CRC - Abbotsford
  • Maple Ridge CRC - Maple Ridge
  • Mission Hills Community Church - Mission
  • Nelson Avenue Community CRC - Burnaby
  • New Westminster CRC - Burnaby
  • Prince George CRC - Prince George
  • Sahali Fellowship CRC - Kamloops
  • Smithers CRC - Smithers
  • Trinity CRC - Abbotsford
  • Victoria CRC - Victoria
  • Willoughby Church CRC - Langley
  • Zion Chinese CRC - Abbotsford

MANITOBA

  • Covenant CRC - Winnipeg
  • First CRC - Brandon 

NEW BRUNSWICK

  • Fredericton CRC - Fredericton

NOVA SCOTIA

  • Faith Community CRC - Milford
  • Kentville CRC - Kentville 

ONTARIO 

  • Alliston CRC - Alliston
  • Ambassador Community CRC - Windsor
  • Ancaster CRC - Ancaster
  • Athens CRC - Athens
  • Aylmer CRC - Aylmer
  • Barrhaven Fellowship CRC - Ottawa
  • Bethany CRC - Fenwick
  • Bethel CRC - Acton
  • Bethel CRC - Brockville
  • Bethel CRC - Dunnville
  • Bethel CRC - London
  • Bethel CRC - Newmarket
  • Bethel CRC - Waterdown
  • Blenheim CRC - Blenheim
  • Blyth CRC - Blyth
  • Burlington CRC - Burlington
  • Calvary CRC - Chatham
  • Calvary CRC - Ottawa
  • Calvin CRC - Millgrove
  • Calvin CRC - Nepean
  • Cephas CRC - Peterborough
  • Clearview CRC - Oakville
  • Clinton CRC - Clinton
  • Collingwood CRC - Collingwood
  • Community CRC - Brinston
  • Covenant CRC - St Catharines
  • Covenant CRC - Woodstock
  • Crosspoint CRC - Brampton
  • Community CRC - Richmond Hill
  • Crossroads Community CRC - Ajax
  • Drayton CRC - Drayton
  • East Strathroy CRC - Strathroy
  • Ebenezer CRC - Trenton
  • Emo CRC - Emo
  • Exeter CRC - Exeter
  • Faith CRC - Burlington
  • Fellowship CRC - Brighton
  • Fellowship CRC - St Thomas
  • First CRC - Barrie
  • First Hamilton CRC - Hamilton
  • First CRC of Kemptville - Kemptville
  • First CRC - Kingston
  • First CRC - Orillia
  • First CRC - Owen Sound
  • First CRC - Sarnia
  • First CRC - St Thomas
  • First CRC - Thunder Bay
  • First CRC - Toronto
  • Frankford Community CRC - Frankford
  • Fruitland CRC - Stoney Creek
  • Georgetown CRC - Georgetown
  • Good News CRC - London
  • Grace CRC - Chatham
  • Grace CRC - Welland
  • Grace Scarborough CRC - Scarborough
  • Hagersville Community CRC - Hagersville
  • Hebron CRC - Renfrew
  • Hebron CRC - Whitby
  • Heritage Fellowship CRC - Brampton
  • Holland Marsh CRC - Newmarket
  • Hope CRC - Brantford
  • Hope Fellowship CRC - Courtice
  • Hope Community CRC - Mount Brydges
  • Immanuel CRC - Caledon
  • Immanuel CRC - Hamilton
  • Immanuel CRC - Simcoe
  • Ingersoll CRC - Ingersoll
  • Jubilee Fellowship CRC - St Catharines
  • Kanata Community CRC - Kanata
  • Living Hope Community Church - Metcalfe
  • Living Hope CRC - Sarnia
  • Lucknow Community CRC - Lucknow
  • Maitland River Community Church CRC - Wingham
  • Maranatha CRC - Belleville
  • Maranatha CRC - Bowmanville
  • Maranatha CRC - Cambridge
  • Maranatha CRC - St Catharines
  • Maranatha CRC - Woodstock
  • Maranatha CRC - York
  • Meadowlands Fellowship CRC - Ancaster
  • Mountainview CRC - Grimsby
  • Mount Hamilton CRC - Hamilton
  • New Hope Church - Hamilton
  • New Life CRC - Guelph
  • Orangeville CRC - Orangeville
  • Palmerston CRC - Palmerston
  • Providence CRC - Beamsville
  • Redeemer CRC - Sarnia
  • Rehoboth CRC - Bowmanville
  • Rehoboth CRC - Niagara Falls
  • Rehoboth Fellowship CRC - Etobicoke
  • Riverside CRC - Wellandport
  • Springdale CRC - Bradford
  • Smithville CRC - Smithville
  • Talbot Street CRC - London
  • Tillsonburg CRC - Tillsonburg
  • Trinity CRC - St Catharines
  • Vanastra Community CRC - Clinton
  • Wallaceburg CRC - Wallaceburg
  • Waterloo CRC - Waterloo
  • Westmount CRC - Strathroy
  • Westside Fellowship CRC - Kingston
  • Williamsburg CRC - Williamsburg
  • Willowdale CRC - North York
  • Wyoming CRC - Wyoming
  • Zion CRC - Oshawa
  • Zion CRC - Pembroke

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

  • Charlottetown CRC - Charlottetown

SASKATCHEWAN 

  • Bethel CRC - Saskatoon
  • Sonlight CRC - Regina 

US CHURCHES THAT PARTICIPATED IN 2013

ARIZONA

  • Palm Lane CRC - Scottsdale

CALIFORNIA

  • Almond Valley CRC - Ripon
  • Anaheim CRC - Anaheim
  • Bethel CRC - Sun Valley
  • Crossroads CRC - San Marcos
  • Escalon CRC - Escalon
  • Faith Christian Fellowship CRC - Walnut Creek
  • First CRC - Artesia
  • First CRC - Bellflower
  • Hope Community CRC - Riverside
  • Hope International CRC - Arcadia
  • Palo Alto CRC - Palo Alto
  • Trinity Fellowship CRC - San Diego
  • Visalia CRC - Visalia

COLORADO

  • Alamosa CRC - Alamosa
  • First CRC - Denver
  • Immanuel CRC - Fort Collins
  • Jewel CRC - Denver

CONNECTICUT

  • Avery Street CRC - South Windsor

FLORIDA

  • Bradenton CRC - Bradenton
  • South Kendall Community CRC - Miami

IOWA

  • Bethel CRC - Oskaloosa
  • Bethel CRC - Sioux Center
  • Calvary CRC - Pella
  • Christian Reformed Church of Cedar - Cedar
  • Covenant CRC - Sioux Center
  • Faith CRC - Pella
  • Faith CRC - Sioux Center
  • First CRC - Hospers
  • First CRC - Hull
  • First CRC - Oskaloosa
  • First CRC - Pella
  • First CRC - Sheldon
  • First CRC - Wellsburg
  • Hope CRC - Hull
  • Immanuel CRC - Sheldon
  • Inwood CRC - Inwood
  • Peace CRC - Cedar Rapids
  • Peoria CRC - Pella
  • Sanborn CRC - Sanborn
  • Second CRC - Pella
  • Sibley CRC - Sibley
  • Sully CRC - Sully
  • Trinity CRC - Ames
  • Wright CRC - Kanawha

ILLINOIS

  • Bethel CRC - Fulton
  • Faith CRC - Tinley Park
  • Grace Valley CRC - German Valley
  • Hessel Park CRC - Champaign
  • Lombard CRC - Lombard
  • Loop Christian Ministries CRC - Chicago
  • Many Peoples Church CRC - Chicago
  • New Hope Church - Lansing
  • Palos Heights CRC - Palos Heights
  • Pullman CRC - Chicago
  • Western Springs CRC - Western Springs

INDIANA

  • First CRC - Crown Point
  • First CRC - Munster
  • South Bend CRC - South Bend
  • Sunrise CRC - Lafayette

KANSAS

  • Dispatch CRC - Cawker City

MASSACHUSETTS

  • Pleasant Street CRC - Whitinsville

MARYLAND

  • Silver Spring CRC - Silver Spring

MICHIGAN

  • Beaverdam CRC - Hudsonville
  • Beckwith Hills CRC - Grand Rapids
  • Bethany CRC - Holland
  • Bethel CRC - Zeeland
  • Blythefield CRC - Rockford
  • Borculo CRC - Zeeland
  • Cadillac CRC - Cadillac
  • Calvin CRC - Mc Bain
  • Cascade Fellowship CRC - Grand Rapids
  • Central Avenue CRC - Holland
  • Church of the Servant CRC - Grand Rapids
  • Community CRC - Saginaw
  • Cottonwood Church CRC - Jenison
  • Cutlerville East CRC - Grand Rapids
  • Dorr CRC - Dorr
  • Drenthe CRC - Zeeland
  • East Paris CRC - Kentwood
  • East Saugatuck CRC - Holland
  • Eastern Avenue CRC - Grand Rapids
  • EverGreen Ministries CRC - Hudsonville
  • Faith Community CRC - Wyoming
  • Fellowship CRC - Grandville
  • First CRC - Fremont
  • First CRC - Hudsonville
  • Fourteenth Street CRC - Holland
  • Friendship CRC - Byron Center
  • Georgetown CRC - Hudsonville
  • Gibson CRC - Holland
  • Graafschap CRC - Holland
  • Grace CRC - Kalamazoo
  • Heritage CRC - Kalamazoo
  • Hillside Community CRC - Grand Rapids
  • Ivanrest CRC - Grandville
  • Lucas CRC - Mc Bain
  • Messiah CRC - Hudsonville 
  • Middleville CRC - Middleville
  • Millbrook CRC - Grand Rapids
  • Moline CRC - Moline
  • Neland Avenue CRC - Grand Rapids
  • New Era CRC - New Era
  • Oakland CRC - Hamilton
  • Oakwood CRC - Belding
  • Overisel CRC - Holland
  • Prairie Edge CRC - Portage\
  • Ridgewood CRC - Jenison
  • Rudyard CRC - Rudyard
  • Sherman Street CRC - Grand Rapids
  • Second CRC - Byron Center
  • Seymour CRC - Grand Rapids
  • Three Rivers CRC - Three Rivers
  • Vogel Center CRC - Mc Bain
  • Wayland CRC - Wayland
  • West Leonard CRC - Grand Rapids
  • West Olive CRC - West Olive
  • Westwood CRC - Kalamazoo

MINNESOTA

  • Bethel CRC - Princeton
  • Calvary CRC - Edina
  • Faith CRC - New Brighton
  • First CRC - Edgerton

MISSOURI

  • Trinity CRC - Maryland Heights

MONTANA

  • Bethel CRC - Manhattan

NEBRASKA

  • Prairie Lane CRC - Omaha

NEW JERSEY

  • Cedar Hill CRC - Wyckoff 
  • Covenant CRC - North Haledon
  • Faith Community CRC - Wyckoff
  • Midland Park CRC - Midland Park
  • New Life Ministries CRC - Oakland
  • Richfield CRC - Clifton
  • Sussex CRC - Sussex

NEW MEXICO

  • Bethel CRC - Shiprock
  • Fellowship CRC - Albuquerque

NEW YORK

  • Rochester CRC - Penfield
  • Trinity CRC - Richfield Springs

OHIO

  • West Park CRC - Cleveland
  • Willard CRC - Willard

OREGON

  • Christ Community CRC - Tualatin
  • Oak Hills CRC - Beaverton
  • Parklane CRC - Portland
  • Sunnyslope CRC - Salem

SOUTH DAKOTA

  • Harrison CRC - Harrison 
  • Hope CRC - Rapid City
  • Volga CRC - Volga

TEXAS

  • Hope CRC - Houston

UTAH

  • Mountain Springs Community CRC - Salt Lake City

VIRGINA

  • Grace CRC - Burke

VERMONT

  • Champlain Valley CRC - Vergennes

WASHINGTON

  • Anchor of Hope CRC - Silverdale
  • Bellevue CRC - Bellevue
  • Cascade CRC - Marysville
  • Family of Faith CRC - Kennewick
  • Mountain View CRC - Lynden
  • Oak Harbor CRC - Oak Harbor
  • Olympia CRC - Olympia
  • Sumas CRC - Sumas

WISCONSIN

  • Bethel CRC - Waupun
  • Covenant CRC - Appleton
  • Crossroads CRC - Madison
  • Delavan CRC - Delavan
  • First CRC - Oostburg
  • First CRC - Sheboygan
  • Geneva Campus Church CRC - Madison
  • Kenosha CRC - Kenosha
  • Second CRC - Randolph

THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD HUNGER CAMPAIGN

Every year in early October, deacons and church secretaries across North America go into their storage closets and church basements to pull out boxes of orange, plastic banks.

In a couple of weeks, these fish-shaped banks will be the source of energy and excitement as the Sunday School children at these churches work with their parents to fill the banks with coins and bring them back to church for World Hunger Sunday. It is a tradition that Christian Reformed Churches have had for years, and it is one that they know will make a real difference in people’s lives around the world. World Renew’s World Hunger Campaign is an annual event that celebrates its thirty-sixth birthday this year. In 1978, Synod – the decision-making body of the Christian Reformed Church – stated that “the alleviation of hunger at home and abroad is an integral part of our Christian responsibility.” It asked “that all members of the Christian Reformed Church devote themselves to gratitude, compassion, repentance, and justice as they respond to world hunger with a ministry of word and deed.” To assist with this mandate, the church set aside a special Sunday once a year and asked World Renew to provide educational and support materials for this day of prayer and fasting. The first World Hunger Sunday was held in 1979. While the themes and promotional elements of the campaign have changed overtime, the overall mission remains the same: to help the members of the Christian Reformed Church remember the needs of those around the world and be part of the solution.

One Church, One Day, One Country

The Christian Reformed Church had decided that given the size of its membership and the generosity of its churches, it could have a strong impact if it dedicated its attention to one country in need. The denomination chose Sierra Leone as the recipient country and sent World Renew and Christian Reformed World Missions staff there. The first four years of the World Hunger Campaign focused on the work of the church in Sierra Leone and encouraged congregations to pray, fast, and give as they remembered the needs of those living in this country. By 1983, however, the outreach of the Christian Reformed Church and World Renew had grown, and the content of the annual World Hunger Campaign was expanded to include facts and stories from around the world. World Renew was also receiving requests from churches to provide more education, activities, speakers, and presentations than could fit into one Sunday service. As a result World Hunger Sunday expanded into a multi-week World Hunger Campaign usually starting the week after Canadian Thanksgiving and extending to the first Sunday in November.

A Fish is Born

Perhaps the most memorable part of World Renew’s annual World Hunger Campaigns, however, are the bright orange banks that churches order or pull out of storage each year. These “Peter Fish” banks were designed as part of the 1995 campaign to provide children and families with something fun and visual to get them excited about the campaign. That year’s World Hunger Campaign included education around the proverb, “If you give someone a fish, they eat for a day. If you teach them to fish, they’ll eat for a lifetime” and talked about World Renew’s long-term and sustainable approach to helping communities in poverty. Since 1995, however, the Peter Fish banks have continued to be an integral part of the annual campaign. So much so, in fact, that when Calvin College distributed the banks around campus in support of the campaign in 2008, students remembered them from their childhoods and eagerly took them back to their dorms. Today, every World Renew World Hunger Campaign includes daily giving suggestions that make people aware of the needs of people around the world and gives us an opportunity to give a specific amount into our Peter Fish banks.

What Good Does it Do?

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the percentage of hungry people in the developing world has dropped dramatically over the past 30 years. In 1970, approximately 37% of people in the developing world were hungry. In 2007, this number had decreased to 17%. The Christian Reformed Church and World Renew have played a part in this success. Last year, over 500 churches, schools, and businesses participated, raising approximately $1.1 million for World Renew’s work around the world. As a result, World Renew was able to work in 30 countries to help individuals, families, and entire communities improve their lives, income, and food production in lasting ways. Recent reports indicate that global hunger is decreasing. It has dropped significantly over the past two decades, but there is still much to do, however. The FAO estimates that there are 805 million people who continue to struggle with hunger every day.

 

Join World Renew in responding by participating in this year’s World Hunger Campaign, or attend a World Hunger Sunday service on November 2!

Order Resources | Peter Fish Banks | New!  Feed Your Fish App

As in other years, World Renew encourages you to use orange Peter Fish Banks as part of your campaign. If your church already has banks in storage, please re-use them. If you need additional banks or would like to order them for the first time, they are available free of charge.