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World Food Day 2015

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate world hunger. At Convoy of Hope, we feed kids and raise awareness of the problems caused by hunger and malnutrition.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that there are more than 800 million hungry people in the world. Most of them live in Latin America, Africa and Asia. While the number can be overwhelming, we CAN put an end to world hunger in our generation — one child at a time.

This week, as we march toward World Food Day, we need your help! Join us to feed 16 kids in Haiti by the 16th. We’re asking our friends for $1,920 to provide food for an entire year. We are confident we will reach our goal with your partnership. Thank you.

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The group rode 500 miles across New Mexico to raise money for Convoy of Hope.(PHOTO: Mark Morris) The group rode 500 miles across New Mexico to raise money for Convoy of Hope.(PHOTO: Mark Morris)

Bike for the Light

Turning a hobby into hope

Each year, Convoy of Hope’s Rural Compassion Initiative hosts hundreds of 24-hour training sessions across the country. Kim and Laurel Harvey, members of the team, host events like this regularly — but at a recent event in New Mexico, they wouldn’t simply be going back home afterwards. Kim was joining a group of nearly 30 people who would be riding bicycles 500 miles across New Mexico. This was all part of a mission to help raise money for Speed the Light to purchase a new vehicle for Convoy of Hope.

Nearly 30 cyclists participated in Bike for the Light.

Nearly 30 cyclists participated in Bike for the Light. (PHOTO: Robert Bradford)

“I couldn’t imagine riding 100 miles a day for five days in a row,” says Harvey. “But when I met the other riders and felt their passion for the work we do, I was encouraged.”

In its fourth year, the group made their “Bike for the Light” journey to raise money and awareness for work being done throughout the world. The riders set off on a Monday morning and would ride 100 miles a day until they finished at the Texas border on Friday evening.

“Everyone put in a lot of training,” says Jason Dickenson, lead pastor of Harvest Church in New Mexico.

Some riders participated for different legs of the race, while others completed the full 500 miles. Dickenson’s 7-year-old daughter, Ava, and her cousin Koa joined them for 100 miles.

7-year-old cousins, Ava and Koa, rode 100 of the 500 miles with their dads.(PHOTO: Robert Bradford)

7-year-old cousins, Ava and Koa, rode 100 of the 500 miles with their dads.(PHOTO: Robert Bradford)

“It was really hard going up all the hills,” Ava says. “But I want kids to learn they can do things to help too.”

Dickenson said the ride was difficult, but knowing the impact being made gave them the strength they needed to keep going.

During a 65-mile training ride Ava stopped, turned to her dad and said, “Dad, I’m really tired … but we can’t stop because there are people that need us to finish.”

So that’s what they did. After days of physical and emotional wear, the team finished and raised more than $70,000, which is the biggest fundraising year yet. According to Dickenson, it was an incredibly emotional experience for all involved and he hopes it serves as an inspiration to others.

“It’s amazing to think you can make a difference by doing something as easy as riding a bike,” he says.

It is because of friends like him, who are willing to take a hobby, talent or passion and put it to good use, that we are able to provide help and hope to millions of people throughout the world. Thank you.

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A paper truck created by Brighton Girls' Ministry to benefit Convoy of Hope. A paper truck created by Brighton Girls' Ministry to benefit Convoy of Hope.

Understanding Hope

Many consider the Convoy of Hope truck symbolic. I’ve heard stories of people standing amidst the rubble in disaster areas whose eyes lit up at the sight of our trucks rolling into town. They are hard to miss and our goal is pasted right on the side of the big red, white and blue displays — hope.

We recently received a donation from Brighton Assembly’s Girls’ Ministry and what we received with it was one-of-a-kind. It was a miniature version of our trucks, made completely out of paper.

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“For every $5, they could add a piece to the truck,” says Regina Bonkoski, girls ministry director for Brighton Assembly. “Giving the girls something visual like the truck helps them truly understand what they are doing.”

Young girls ranging in age from three to 13 raised money for Convoy of Hope as one of three projects they will do this year. Each fundraiser includes something like the paper truck to help deepen the girls’ understanding of helping others.

“I loved seeing the truck they created to help the girls visualize their giving,” says Doree Donaldson, women’s development initiatives director for Convoy of Hope. “We can’t thank Brighton Assembly and the girls enough for their continued partnership.”

The girls ministry exceeded their goal and raised a total of $160 for Convoy of Hope.

“We want to teach them now to give to others,” says Bonkoski. “It’s important to start learning that young.”

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#GivingTuesday is a global day of showing support and giving back. It’s a day for families, communities, coworkers and businesses to come together with a common purpose: celebrating generosity.

A great way to take part in #GivingTuesday is to participate in Limitless — which we think is a great reminder to the world that giving is the true spirit of the season.

When you take part in Limitless you’ll see every dollar you give doubled!

Double your impactDonate Today

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Limitless Holiday Match Campaign

Join Convoy of Hope this holiday season to help the poor and suffering around the world by doubling any financial gift you give. Recently, one of Convoy of Hope’s long-time friends generously offered an unlimited match that will double any gift given to our Feed the World Fund — Thanksgiving day through Christmas day.

When should I give?

Anytime starting Thanksgiving day and running through Christmas day.

How much should I give?

This limitless matching challenge gift will mean twice as many bags of groceries for struggling families at our Community Events — twice as many children fed — twice as much emergency aid in the aftermath of disasters. Any gift you make will double the impact you make.

Where do I give?

Starting Thanksgiving day you can give online at convoyofhope.org/limitless

Thank you in advance for joining with us by bringing hope to the world this holiday season and throughout the year.

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