From the desk of the executive director

Thursday, September 19, 2019

“The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service…”

It takes each of us doing our part in God’s service to bring lasting change.

I was reminded of this on a trip to eastern Ethiopia where I visited the community of Bila that had lost many people during the terrible drought and famine in 1984. Some of the earliest food shipments from the Foodgrains Bank were to that part of the country during those difficult years. With donations from people like you, the Foodgrains Bank continued to support the community after the famine, helping to construct a water diversion scheme to irrigate surrounding farm land.

After more than 20 years as executive director of the Foodgrains Bank, the time has come to start the transition to new leadership for this wonderful organization.

When I visited that same community many years later, it felt like I was entering an oasis. There were fruit trees growing everywhere and high value crops were being produced for sale in local markets. The community is self-reliant and has not needed any food assistance for over 30 years.

This is the kind of change that is possible when we work together.

Over the last two decades, together we have watered seeds that were planted before I started at the Foodgrains Bank and worked with others to plant new seeds that have been watered with your gifts. The result has been millions of people who have been served in moments of great need and many thousands who can face their future with the security of knowing they have a way to provide more and better food for their families.

Now, after more than 20 years as executive director of the Foodgrains Bank, the time has come to start the transition to new leadership for this wonderful organization. The board will start a search for a new executive director this fall and I will handover responsibility to the new leader in 2020.

While remarkable progress has been made over the past two decades in reducing global hunger, the work is not yet done. So, I am asking you to commit to providing continued support for the Foodgrains into the next chapter.

In the 36-year history of the Foodgrains Bank, support from thousands of Canadians across the country has allowed us to make a difference in communities around the world—just like we did in Bila. With your commitment today, you can continue to water the seeds we have planted together towards a world without hunger.

Thank you for continuing to be a faithful co-worker in God’s service.

– Jim Cornelius, Executive Director

For more information on the executive transition and opportunity, click here