This past weekend a large number of the PWRDF family shared time together. The Board of Directors, Diocesan representatives, Refugee Network, Youth Council, and staff were all meeting together in Toronto. This type of meeting takes place once every two years, so there were several reunions and new meetings. Truly a blessed event and celebration of family.
One of the highlights of our meeting was being asked the question :
”Have You Eaten Today?”
This was more than a simple inquiry as to what we had enjoyed at breakfast. It was an introduction to PWRDF’s new food security campaign, called Fred Says.
The campaign highlights the good work that is being done with PWRDF partners to address global hunger issues. It highlights various projects that are success stories, encouraging people to learn more about food security issues and challenging us all to support these programmes through prayer and engagement, ideally increasing the work that can be done.
The campaign focuses around our beloved Primate and PWRDF Board president, Fred Hiltz. He speaks passionately about this good work, hence the title of “Fred Says”. Every few months a new ‘Fredism’ will be launched, catchy and fun ways of considering these issues. The campaign is meant to be embraced by everyone – there are resources on the website and through the diocesan reps or PWRDF office. It’s meant to be a personal opportunity for us all to embrace Jesus’ mandate to feed the hungry.
I invite and encourage you to learn more abut what “Fred Says” – visit the website for information on food issues, for a journey into the “Have You Eaten Today?” project, for a wealth of resources for individual and group consideration. I invite and encourage you to take this good message of mission to your home community, to share it with your church family. Whether it’s a large event or a small prayer group, it’s good ministry.
Our Lord gave us a mandate. Our Primate has challenged us with specific ways to live out that mission through PWRDF. Our response is our own to decide – and share.
This past weekend we started the journey at the PWRDF gathering, hoping that you will join us along the way. We gave thanks to God for the food security that we enjoy, we prayed for those 1 in 8 people (globally) who do not live with that luxury. And we pledged to help work towards a truly just, healthy, and peaceful world, knowing that it all starts with food.