Sunday, September 04, 2016

Suzii Paynter: Taking a Community Approach to Ending Hunger, Promoting Nutrition

We live in such an interesting world  of images and culture. There's such an emphasis on food and farm-to-table restaurants. In one segment of our culture, we have a refined, artistic approach to food.  And yet in the same very town, on the same very street, the very same community, there is a desperation about food, (including) the mom who is trying the best she can to pull things together  I would appeal to the folks who are really thinking about the health of their own family and the nutritious nature of the food they're feeding, and the many choices they have, to think how to share, how to be good stewards of what they learned about food, to be able to take (the knowledge) to the rest of their community.
Bread for the World asked several prominent voices in the Christian community to share their vision of what it means to end hunger. This reflection comes from Suzii Paynter, executive director of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. CBF supports a wide range of missions and ministries that give people meaningful opportunities to put their faith to action, including a network of over 100 field personnel ministering in more than 30 countries as well as congregation-focused efforts to enhance the leadership of clergy and laity.A nationally recognized faith leader and ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher of more than 40 years, Paynter has held positions of leadership in Baptist churches in Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi. She has served these congregations alongside her husband, Roger Paynter, who retired in 2014 from the senior pastorate of First Baptist Church of Austin, Texas.

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