1. Do you have a refrigerator? Oh. Yeah, of course you do.
2. Do you have cabinets that have food in them? Yes? Why sure.
3. How about a pantry? Maybe yes, maybe no?
4. A deep freeze?
5. A second fridge in the garage or basement?
Alrighty then. Take a minute will you–to realize just how fortunate you are. And stop moaning about the economy for a minute too. Because if you still have even half of the above mentioned items–you’re better off than most of the world.
One child dies every seven seconds from hunger related issues and over three-hundred million kids go to be hungry every night.
The dry beans in my pantry, the ones I hardly ever use because they’re such a pain in the butt? I realized today how many families I could feed with those beans I’ve wanted to throw away. I know, this is reminiscent of our parents who yelled at us to eat our food because there were starving children in Ethiopia. But I’m starting to get it.
What can we do that won’t be a guilt-ridden torture ride?
Donate to Compassion’s Global Food Crisis Fund ($13 feeds a child for a month–a month. Forget the pizza, eat leftovers, and donate the 13 bucks.) And not only does Compassion help feed people, they also help with seeds and agricultural tools to help families with food and income.
Take up a special offering at church or within your Bible study group and donate to the fund.
Pretend your family made combined income of 75,000 a year.
Now pretend that essential groceries (wheat, rice, etc) to feed your family cost 60,000. We’re not talking Big Mac’s here. We’re talking barely enough to sustain the body.
Now pretend that food costs are going to double.
What do you do?
I can’t answer that question. I don’t know what I’d do. We wouldn’t have a house, a car, the clothes we have, the shoes, we wouldn’t be homeschooling, we certainly wouldn’t have a computer, we wouldn’t have pets, or vacations. How could we possibly live on 15,000 a year after those food costs?
Compassion International is raising awareness for the Global Food Crisis and I’m trying to do my part. I sponsor a lovely girl Zane’s age from Peru who we correspond with regularly. We pray for her family and in her letters she always tells us how she prays for us.
Let me say something here for people like me. Compassion International is not like those commercials of the children with big eyes and distended bellies with flies and sewage everywhere. I’m telling you those infomercials have almost ruined me from wanting to participate in any program. I learned of Compassion at a Jeremy Camp concert. During a break, a very high class, low guilt video was shown and packages were distributed to the audience. We were asked to pray about sponsoring a child. I looked at our package and saw our little girl and the first thing I noticed was that her birthday was five months before Zane. We decided it was the right thing to do and have been her sponsors since this past December.
Since then, I’ve learned a friend who runs in the same writing circles as I do, Brandon Satrom ( aka The Satch) works for Compassion. Bloggers all over the internet are writing articles to bring attention to Compassion’s Day of Fasting and Prayer tomorrow.