Huckabee to Address Economic Challenges Facing Churches, Ministries

Political commentator and former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will discuss the impact of the turbulent economy on faith-based organizations and introduce a service to financially help churches and ministries this weekend at several events in Virginia.

A combined total of 20,000 people are expected to hear Huckabee speak during the four Lynchburg-area events on March 29 and 30. The speaking venues include Thomas Terrace Baptist Church, Thomas Road Baptist Church, and Liberty University.

"During these down times, the demands and needs are great for families and ministries alike," Huckabee said. "In many cases, families are turning to churches for assistance with food, clothing and other basics. Yet churches have to deal with less resources to meet those needs."

The former Southern Baptist preacher and denominational leader warned that the troubled economy might have a detrimental effect on the work of churches and ministries if funds cannot be generated in new and creative ways.

Huckabee, an official spokesperson for Christian Values Network, will introduce the organization as a new way to help generate funds for churches and faith-based charities worldwide.

Christian Values Network is a free service that allows members to shop online at nearly 900 popular internet retailers who in turn pay a referral fee for every purchase made by a CVN member. A portion of the referral fee is given to the ministry of choice indicated by the CVN member.

"I believe God has established Christian Values Network for this unique time and place to help ministries in lean times," said Huckabee, who serves as an advisor to Christian Values Network. "They are providing a very simple and practical solution: using people's everyday Internet purchases to support their chosen organization."

He added, "I understand these are tough times. Christian Values Network is a special opportunity for people to continue giving without affecting their capability to tithe or provide for their family."

On the Web:  www.cvn.org