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A Fund to Feed the Hungry

A Fund to Feed the Hungry
Dr. Roy Smith reads Greek and Hebrew; is a seminary graduate and former PhD in Religion student. But it wasn't until he was preparing to teach an Adult Bible Study Class on Matthew 25 that he decided he must do more to feed the world's hungry. "I was troubled by the fact that my scholarly contributions were not balanced by efforts on behalf of the hungry" Roy says.

Roy continues his story as he remembers, "I had just established an endowed scholarship fund at a college where I taught when I began preparing my lessons on the Gospel of Matthew". While he had been a Church World Service donor for a few years, his reflecting on Matthew's 25th chapter led him to resolve to do more. In his words, "I was ashamed of how little I had been doing to feed the hungry and realized I could and should do much more".

In a conversation with Doug Smith, CWS Development Associate, Roy revealed his plan eight years ago. That year, he would make an initial contribution to the Roy and Grace Smith Hunger Endowment Fund with Church World Service. Every year thereafter he would add to the fund with a designated gift for long term endowment funding of CWS anti hunger programs. Since his decision to fund the RAGS Endowment Fund, Roy's goals for the size of the fund and his yearly contributions have increased considerably. Roy notes, "I now feel at peace in an area I had mostly neglected."

And why did Roy Smith choose Church World Service as his ally in ending world hunger? "My daughter Lory McDonald and her husband Dennis were leaders in the CROP Hunger Walk" Roy revealed. Having served over many years as treasurer and coordinator of Walks in northwest Denver, the McDonalds, along with Matthew 25, have also had a part in the creation of the Roy and Grace Smith Hunger Endowment Fund.


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