Megachurch Pastors Introduce 'Be the Message Sunday' in Effort to Send 10 Million Meals to West Africa
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Oct 31
Megachurch pastors and bestselling authors Kerry and Chris Shook are encouraging pastors around the country to schedule a “Be the Message Sunday,” in which church members will pack meals for people in ebola-stricken countries. The pastors of Woodlands Church in Houston are hoping to send 10 million meals to West Africa through the iniative.
Kerry Shook said, "As we watched the death toll continue to rise in West Africa, we asked ourselves, 'What can we do to make a difference in the Ebola-affected areas? Ebola not only affects one's health, but their entire life. Thousands affected by the virus are unable to work or provide food for themselves or their families. That is why Be the Message Sunday is so important. One of the most immediate ways individuals can help is by supplying much-needed food to those living in West Africa."
Woodlands Church held a trial Be the Message Sunday in October and managed to pack over 280,000 meals.
"Just imagine how that number could be multiplied with churches across the U.S. participating in national Be the Message Sunday,” said Chris Shook.
The Shooks are now encouraging national participation with the project on Nov. 16. Churches can find resources to participate at the Be the Message Challenge website.
Publication date: October 31, 2014