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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...



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Connections: Jeff Nene

Feeding the World

Recently, Pentecostal Evangel Editor Ken Horn spoke with Convoy of Hope Senior Communications Director Jeff Nene.

evangel: For those who are not familiar with your ministry, tell us about Convoy of Hope.
NENE:
Convoy has been around since 1994. It is a faith-based organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.

evangel: The very first thing you mention in that statement is “faith-based.”
NENE:
We felt we had to state right out of the chute that we are faith-based. A lot of the organizations we work with are not. We don’t want to bowl people over, necessarily, with our faith, but at the same time, we don’t want to hide that. Our faith is the reason we do what we do.

evangel: How many children benefit from Convoy of Hope’s feeding initiatives?
NENE:
We started 2010 feeding a little more than 20,000 children every day. Our goal is by 2012 to be up to 100,000 children every day.

We really invest in the future of a country. We do nutritional programs. We teach hygiene. We teach people how to grow their own food. We want to teach people to be self-sustaining.

evangel: You mentioned “partner resourcing.” What is that?
NENE:
We find like-minded organizations and resource them the best we can. For example, a corporate donor recently gave us several tractor-trailer loads of powdered milk, far more than we could ever use. So we went to several of these partners and asked if they had a need for it and could use it by the expiration date. Then we were able to distribute several dozen tractor-trailer loads of powdered milk to other organizations.

evangel: Tell us about your community outreaches.
NENE: That is how Convoy of Hope got its start. We had a local church that came to us and said, “We want to do something for the needy families in our area.” So some of the guys bought some groceries and distributed them. That was the beginning of the Convoy of Hope outreach events. Now these events attract thousands from different neighborhoods all over the community. We do about 50 of these outreaches a year, and now we’re progressing to doing them around the world.

In everything we do, we strive to make the local church the hero. At some point in time Convoy of Hope is going to leave a city, but that local church is going to be there.

evangel: How can churches and individuals get involved with these efforts?
NENE:
We depend primarily on donations from corporations, businesses, individuals and churches. We have a program called One Day to Feed the World. It is people sacrificing one day’s income to feed people around the world. It’s an opportunity where people can have a direct impact in the lives of hurting people in various parts of the United States, but also in the more than 100 countries that we’ve worked in around the world.

evangel: Donors look for high ethical standards in charities, and Convoy of Hope has been validated in this, correct?
NENE:
We received Charity Navigators’ four-star award — the highest award they give to organizations like ours — for the seventh year in a row. Hal Donaldson, Convoy of Hope’s president, has set a high standard for being ethical and transparent. It is our goal to be above and beyond reproach.

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