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Hope vs. Hopelessness: The Link Between Hunger and Immigration

April 30, 2019

Lunch-n-Learn Webinar
Stories from Central America
with Alex Morse and Gary Gensch
Tuesday, April 30th
12:00 Central / 1:00 Eastern



The issue of immigration is all over the news right now. Let’s take a step back from the politics to look at who is coming to our border. . .and why. We’ll share what our program participants in Central America have told us about the realities and challenges they face and then move the conversation to the all-important question, “Is there anything we can do to make a difference?”

Alex Morse, Growing Hope’s Associate Regional Director, led a learning trip to Honduras the last week of March. The team met with men and women who are taking part in Growing Hope-supported food security programs. Over and over again, the group heard how hunger and lack of economic opportunities affect the difficult decision to migrate or stay in their villages.

Alex Morse (at left, blue shirt) joined our Growing Hope staff seven years ago. He works with our U.S. Growing Projects and our partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Gary Gensch (at right, middle) has been involved with the Portage UCC–Climax MI Growing Project for five years. He leases his land to a farmer who invited him to be involved in Growing Hope Globally. He traveled to Honduras with Alex to learn how his Growing Project’s funds are being used. Gary saw how participants in our programs are able to grow enough food to feed their families, earn incomes and stay in their villages. He brings a unique perspective as a volunteer and is looking forward to sharing what he learned, as well as stories about the incredible people he met.

Invite others into this important conversation by hosting a Lunch-n-Learn in your office, church or home. Gather ’round a computer with others who care about the issues of hunger and immigration. Enjoy your meal while you look at uplifting photos and listen to what Alex and Gary experienced and the good news about alternatives to the crisis at the border.

For more information on how a Lunch-n-Learn works, contact Becky Morris at becky@growinghopeglobally.org or (224) 659-1749.

If you have other plans for lunch on the 30th, register now and you will receive a link to a recording afterwards so you may view it at your convenience.

After registering for the webinar, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to call in. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Morris at becky@growinghopeglobally.org or (224) 659-1749.

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  -Matthew 25:40