On Saturday November 3rd a team of Beaded Hope leaders joined over 3000 men, women, and children who rose early in the morning, ignored the brisk fall cold, and walked in the Fighting Hunger 5K benefiting Matthew 25: Ministries.
The Mission of Matthew 25 Ministries
If you aren’t already familier with this great organization let me fill you in. Matthew 25: Ministries is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization that just happens to be headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. Matthew 25: Ministries provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief to the poor throughout the US and around the world by collecting excess products from corporations and manufacturers as well as the general public and ships these donations to those in need.
Matthew 25: Ministries began as the result of a trip Founder and President Reverend Wendell Mettey made with a group of doctors and nurses to Nicaragua in 1990. Seeing the poverty there, Pastor Mettey knew he needed to find a way to help the people of Nicaragua. Upon his return, he was able to develop a system to collect and redistribute food, clothing, personal care, cleaning, medical and educational supplies which were no longer useful by US standards.
What began as one man loading the trunk of his car with unwanted supplies has grown into an international organization that, in 2012 alone, shipped over 528 containers of aid around the world.
The Prasco Food Processing Center
You can read more about the history, mission and accomplishments of Matthew 25: Ministries on their website: www.m25m.org. But I have to tell you that when I stopped by M25M to pickup our race packets I learned something that I didn’t know. Matthew 25, in partnership with Prasco, has developed a food processing center that produces a shelf-stable, nutritionally enhanced rice/soy blend for $.10 a meal. And, to top it off, on July 16th of this year Matthew 25 processed their 5 Millionth meal. Now that is something to celebrate.