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The Seed Sowers

In A Christian Life, The Pastor's Blog on October 21, 2008 at 11:41 PM

Hunger is very real, and people by the millions are adversely affected by it everyday. We have all seen images of starving children crying for a small morsel of food. If you are like most people, those pictures bring both a sense of urgency and sadness to our eyes.

It is my firm belief we, the most affluent nation on the planet, are to be at the forefront helping those who are not in the position to help themselves. Our nation is very giving in what it does to provide comfort and food to hurting people all over the world. I realize those in our own country feel we are a wretched nation that never does enough, but there will be people like that for a long time to come.

I want to write about a powerful ministry located here in Florida that has a positive impact on hurting people around the state. Bishop Richard L. Bender, Jr. founded The Seed Sowers Evangelistic Association in 1982. Brother Rick Bender is an ordained bishop with the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee, and member of Operation Compassion International, which is the national benevolence organization of the Church of God.

My wife and I have known Brother Rick and his wife Kris for a number of years, and see in them a real heart for ministry. Brother Rick is an anointed minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, preaching revivals and evangelistic meetings under the powerful anointing of the Holy Ghost. Sister Kris’s anointing is evident as she ministers to the hearts of people in genuine love and care. The Benders are real people with a real desire to minister to the hurting and wounded.

Here are some facts taken from the Seed Sowers web site:

  • IN THE WORLD’S RICHEST NATION, MORE THAN 36 MILLION PEOPLE, INCLUDING 14 MILLION CHILDREN, EXPERIENCE HUNGER !!!!!!
  • IN 2005, REQUESTS FOR EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE INCREASED 12 PERCENT.
  • 54 PERCENT WERE MEMBERS OF FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
  • 40 PERCENT OF ADULTS REQUESTING ASSISTANCE WERE EMPLOYED
  • APPROXIMATELY 7 MILLION DIFFERENT PEOPLE RECEIVE ASSISTANCE IN ANY GIVEN WEEK !!!
  • Seed Sowers is reaching 37% of the poverty, disabled,
    elderly, and 36% of the unemployed through its 30 county network of
    compassion centers in Florida.

If you would like to contribute to this worthy organization, here is some pertinent information:

The Seed Sowers

You may write us at:

The Seed Sowers Evangelistic Association
1745 Olive Street
Lakeland, Florida 33815

You may call us at: (863) 688-3200
You may fax us at: (863) 688-3206

You may e-mail directly to:
Rick Bender-Founder:
rick@theseedsowers.org
General Office: info@theseedsowers.org
Kris Bender – Vice President: kris@theseedsowers.org
Wendell Smith – Compassion Director: wgsmith7@verizon.net

  1. Great all of the things they are doing. Thanks for posting about them.

  2. Thanks, DaRonn. As mentioned in the article, we know them personally and have seen first-hand what they do. It’s an amazing ministry which is highly effective. In fact, our church recently voted to begin supporting them through our international offices as part of the world missions program.

  3. Rick, Please send us info as to how a Food Bank is set up and how it works related to recieving food, etc. Our church now has an Outreach Ministry called “The Great Clothes Giveaway”. It has been in the planning for several months and today was our first Giveaway. We were so blessed by the numbers of folks in need that turned out. They were so grateful. BUT, we realized their need doesn’t stop at clothing. We have a burden to feed them, also, but church finances are not so good at this time due to a number of our members without jobs due to the economy. So, if you can let us know what the procedures are in starting a Food Bank, we’d appreciate it.

    Thanks, Eddie and Carolyn

    • Hey Pastor. Glad you dropped by. You can get in touch with Rick Bender through the links in this post. You wrote the comment to me, the owner of this blog. I think it’s to have a ministry like yours and I pray you are successful in your endeavors.

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