Mothers Fighting Poverty: Rev. Terry Kukuk of Mexico, Missouri

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Leading up to Mother’s Day, the NCC Poverty Initiative is sharing a series of stories lifting up, celebrating, and praying for mothers who are fighting poverty and alleviating suffering in their communities.

Prayer for Terry: God, thank you for expressing your love through Terry to the children and families who are hungry in her community. Thank you for filling her heart with love of her neighbor. When times get tough, fill her with your grace and courage. Bless and strengthen her family and her work. In good times and bad, let her life overflow with the deepest joy that only You can give. Amen.

Recognized by: Brad Sheppard, Executive Director, Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless

First Presbyterian Church in Mexico, Missouri has a pastor with a passion for keeping children and families free of hunger. When Rev. Terry Kukuk of Mexico, Missouri learned in the Spring of 2012 that the Buddy Backpack program (which provides food on the weekends for eligible school children) for Audrain County, MO, would be reduced substantially due to the lack of funding, she immediately organized an event that raised over $100,000 for the program. That lead her to a broader concern for hunger in Audrain County. Next, she organized a group of community leaders to launch an effort to bring a new food distribution center (food pantry or bank) to the county; that effort is now underway.

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