The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Us
“The Spirit of The Lord is upon us! We covenant before God and with each other to, ‘preach good news to the poor’ in Birmingham, Alabama by partnering with the Weekenders Backpack Program to provide nutritious food to school children. These children are provided free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, but are not guaranteed food over the weekend. Furthermore, we covenant to address the systemic issues related to food justice through an ongoing educational dialogue designed to explore our participation in finding solutions to end hunger in our community.”
In Birmingham, AL, Baptist churches have heard Jesus’ call to, “preach good news to the poor,” and are taking action. The Baptist Church of the Covenant, Tabernacle Baptist Church, and Vestavia Hills Baptist Church have made a covenant of action to curb childhood hunger in their community.
In a land of plenty, sadly, one in four children lack the nutrition needed to help them grow, thrive, and achieve. More than 18 million children in America rely on free or reduced meals at school to get the nourishment they need. These children face serious hardship when school is not in session over the weekends and during long holidays.
Covenant partners in Birmingham, AL are working with the Weekenders Backpack Program, to close this gap. Baptists in Birmingham are helping to provide nutritious meals for children who otherwise may not have access to such meals. Covenant partners work together to collect food, raise money, pack meals, and deliver food. In addition to such efforts, this team is also working to educate their community about issues related to food justice and inequalities of access to nutritious food within the city. Through their work, covenant partners in Birmingham are transforming their community to better reflect Jesus’ Luke 4:18-19 vision.
Our Covenants of Action are as diverse as the communities that make them. Across the country many Baptist churches have put this model into action. These stories highlight just some of the ways that the New Baptist Covenant movement is supporting pastors and faith leaders in their efforts to live out the Gospel in their city or town.
Christopher Hamlin of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Terri Byrd of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church and Allan Burton of the Baptist Church of the Covenant.