For eight weeks this summer, California Southern Baptist churches will join hands and hearts to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of migrant workers and residents of impoverished California communities, primarily in the San Joaquin Valley. Click here to see the schedule.
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During the summer, about 28 California Migrant Centers and/or communities will be ministered to through:
- distribution of food (including flour, corn meal, sugar, beans, rice and milk) to low income farm workers and families,
- distribution of clothing (including one pair of shoes, one pair of pants, two shirts and backpacks with school supplies) to children (ages 4-12),
- distribution of a backpack and school supplies to teens (ages 13-17),
- evangelistic events such as Vacation Bible School, and
- medical/dental screening using the CSBC Mobile Medical & Dental Clinics.
Medical/dental screening will be basic with referrals to medical/dental personnel; no procedures will be performed. Each location will be staffed by professional medical and dental personnel.
A congressional study in 2005 revealed the Valley has a high poverty, low educational achievement and growing social needs. It also suggests the Valley is the new Appalachia, but receives fewer per-capita federal dollars than other impoverished areas in the United States.
Further studies indicate the problem is worsening in the Valley and is occurring more and more frequently in the homes of the working poor. The study revealed fewer than 5 percent of those receiving food are homeless, almost half the households served have at least one working adult, more than two-thirds had incomes below the federal poverty level, and 85 percent describe themselves as “food insecure,” meaning they don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. Click here to see the schedule.
Sources to fund the project include church contributions, corporate donations, the CSBC California Mission Offering, North American Mission Board Hunger funds, individual gifts and in-kind gifts.
The cost to fund each of the sites is approximately $5,000. Churches participating are asked to help in defraying this cost. To make a donation of any amount online, click here. Donations also can be mailed to CSBC, 678 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93710. Donations should be designated for migrant ministries. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information about the project, contact Oscar Sanchez, Migrant Ministries Field Specialist, California Southern Baptist Convention, by e-mail (click here) or (559) 930-3768 or Tom Stringfellow, DOM of Sierra Butte Baptist Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 846-7222.