Downloads & Resources

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  1. The Fast That I Choose: A Bible Study on Hunger

    The Society of St. Andrew is pleased to offer a study that explores what the Bible says about hunger. By examining the issue of hunger from a biblical perspective, the study seeks to make clear that one of the surest ways to test the quality of our walk with God is to examine the way we respond to the needs of others. Throughout the study, preconceived ideas about hunger and poverty are challenged as participants encounter God’s preference for the poor as revealed in scripture. Finally, the challenges participants to respond out of their faith in Jesus concrete ways to the reality of hunger in our world.

    The Fast That I Choose takes its title from Isaiah 58:6. The words of the prophet remind us that God wants worship from the heart which has as its end the increase of God’s justice in the world.

    The study is presented in six units, with each unit having two lessons. The lesson guides are designed to afford the study leader flexibility in how long each lesson will take. Each is designed to take about an hour, which will make the complete study a 12-session course. However, if desired, more than a single hour might be spent on the lessons.

    The study begins with the claim that hunger is a God issue and progresses through the causes and consequences of hunger in the world, nation, and community. Throughout the course, participants are challenged to change their attitudes and encouraged to take action as faithful followers of Jesus. The course ends with the recognition that hunger is an issue each Christian must address individually.

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  2. Household Food Security in the United States in 2012

    An estimated 85.5 percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2012, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (14.5 percent) were food insecure at least some time during the year, including 5.7 percent with very low food security—meaning that the food intake of one or more household members was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food. The change in food insecurity overall (from 14.9 percent in 2011) was not statistically significant. The prevalence rate of very low food security was unchanged from 5.7 percent in 2011. Children were food-insecure in 10.0 percent of households with children in 2012, unchanged from 2011. In 2012, the typical food-secure household spent 26 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and household composition. Fifty-nine percent of all food insecure households participated in one or more of the three largest Federal food and nutrition assistance programs during the month prior to the 2012 survey.

    Download: err-155.pdf
  3. A New Majority: Low Income Students in the South and Nation
  4. Good News to the Poor - Updated

    A useful resource to understanding the Wesleyan tradition of Ministry with the Poor that the focus area is trying to re-claim, along with the history of how the church departed from that tradition to a practice of Ministry to or for the poor along the way. 

    Dr. Steven Manskar is the Wesley Scholar in residence at Discipleship Ministries.

  5. C4AP 2016 Save the Date
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