Praise and Prayer

Praise: Millions of church young people youth nationwide hoped to raise $4 million on February 3, 2002, as part of the Souper Bowl of Caring. Youths stood at the doors of their home churches with soup pots, asking parishioners to donate $1 to support local charities. The event coincided with the NFL's Super Bowl. "The Souper Bowl of Caring demonstrates the power of working together," said Brad Smith, Souper Bowl's founder and executive director. "Our nation-wide effort is a subtle reminder-a mustard seed-that ordinary people, with God's help, can do extraordinary good if we work together." In 2001 the drive raised $3.6 million from more than 12,500 congregations from all 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico. An estimated 3.5 million participated in the grassroots drive last year.