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2002 PE Report stories

Congregations demonstrate weekly prayer yields results (December 30, 2001)

L.A. Dream Center, Angelus Temple make history, reach more with merge (December 16, 2001)

Rain, gang doesn't halt impact of newly formed congregation (December 9, 2001)

Women urged to minister hope at global gathering (November 25, 2001)

Volunteers meet needs at Pentagon cleanup (November 18, 2001)

Fear, uncertainty open window of opportunity for evangelism (November 11, 2001)

'Jump for Jesus' raises $40,000 for STL (October 21, 2001)

Widows, single mothers gain practical blessings (October 14, 2001)

Five new executive presbyters elected (September 30, 2001)

Credit card 'freedoms' tempt college students (September 16, 2001)

Fellowship, nation show ethnic makeup changes (August 26, 2001)

Congregations extend a hand, spread gospel after tropical storm (August 19, 2001)

Single-parent families find hope at camp (August 12, 2001) caught in middle of culture war (July 22, 2001)

Pentecostal World Conference looks toward future cooperation (July 13, 2001)

Crossover Community Church ministers to hip-hop culture (July 8, 2001)

Prison chaplain hooked on ministry (June 24, 2001)

National Singles team convenes, plans regional conferences (June 17, 2001)

Children's ministries take center stage (June 10, 2001)

U.S. Christians trek to Israel despite news reports of danger (May 27, 2001)

A/G ministries combat eating disorders (May 20, 2001)

Mobilizing laity leads to church growth (May 13, 2001)

Fellowship convenes conference for women (April 29, 2001)

14,547 'honored guests' attend Convoy of Hope outreach in Dallas (April 22, 2001)

Hollywood sends wrong signals on teen smoking (April 15, 2001)

Iowa community faces unique challenges (April 8, 2001)

Churches support ministries to lead youth out of lifestyle (March 25, 2001)

English lessons reach Chinese with gospel (March 18, 2001)

A/G church, police, schools partner for strong community (March 11, 2001)

Church uses 'human hunt' as evangelism tool for teens (February 25, 2001)

Ministering in the fast lane (February 18, 2001)

Abstinence education saves lives, futures (February 11, 2001)

Donated food helps Convoy of Hope extend hand around the world (January 21, 2001)

American Indian College students impact boarding school (January 14, 2001)

2000 News Digest stories

Donated food helps Convoy of Hope extend hand around the world

(January 21, 2001)

The Convoy of Hope World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo., is whirring with activity. A forklift stacks pallets of food near a loading dock. A horde of volunteers sorts boxes of food in a corner of the mammoth building. And Dick Evans, director of logistics for Convoy, checks expiration dates in aisles brimming with canned vegetables, juices, pastas, beans and other goods.

Dick Evans, director of logistics, inspects recently received food at the Convoy of Hope World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo.

"The demand for food and supplies in the United States and internationally is never ending," he explains. "Most of the food we get is shipped out of here within three weeks after it’s received. We don’t let it sit here long. We’re just trying to help as many people around the world as we can. That’s why we’re always looking for more companies to donate food and supplies."

The Convoy is proactive in building strong relationships with food companies and conglomerates, says Evans. Already more than 10 large corporations donate top-quality food to the Convoy on a regular basis. Other wholesalers, grocers and farmers provide food and supplies throughout the year.

Greg Marquart, executive vice president of operations, is confident the number of suppliers will continue to escalate. "Companies see that Convoy does what it says it will do. We’re not hoarding supplies or trying to serve ourselves. We’re using our distribution lines to get food to people in need as quickly and efficiently as possible. By working with a missionary, local pastor or ministry, Convoy ensures that the food and supplies get into the hands of people in need."

Steve Ewing, director of procurement, says when companies have quality food to donate, Convoy has the semi-trucks to transport the goods to meet needs. "We’re always looking for companies who will donate food and supplies," he says. "What most people don’t realize is that we have the ability to gather and transport food from anywhere in the United States."

Sometimes the Convoy uses one of its trucks to pick up the food or a trucking company will transport it. "We have four truck lines that give us a special transportation rate," says David Evans, director of transportation. "In some situations the trucking companies pick it up and transport it for free."

Convoy has distributed more than 15 million pounds of food to hungry people around the world. Recently, Convoy donated 500,000 pounds of food to a relief effort in Mozambique. In the United States the Convoy has provided groceries to nearly 600,000 people at outreaches designed to empower churches and strengthen communities. Also, food, water filtration systems and other supplies have been distributed in 28 countries.

To respond to the ever-growing needs of the world’s poor and hungry, Convoy of Hope is seeking more companies to join their fight against poverty and despair. Those who have food donations or contacts with suppliers can contact Convoy of Hope at 417-823-8998.

"We have a 300,000-square-foot warehouse that can be used for gathering and distributing food," says Ewing. "I think God opened the doors for us to acquire the building because He intends to fill it with food so we can touch many more people."

To that end, Marquart says the Convoy wants to partner with individuals and corporations that are willing to make a difference in the world. "Everyone wins when we work together," he says. "Businesses get tax breaks, good press and the satisfaction that they are helping the hungry. At the same time the hungry are being fed."

According to Dick Evans, the Convoy of Hope also welcomes financial gifts that can be used to purchase food well below market price.

"For those of us who work in Convoy’s operations department, our mission is to give out the very best food we can to people who are hungry," says Ewing. "That’s what Jesus would have us do."

— Kirk Noonan

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