Yesterday I went to our local big box store to stock up. I'd hate to run out of food. Before leaving, I did a quick check of my pantry to see what I was running low on or worse yet .. .completely out of and found the cupboard still had food ..
but perhaps not what I was hungry for.
When I arrived .. .I first checked out the fun things .. like books. I was amused at the table dedicated to books designed to improve our health by either eating differently or less or how to exercise off all the food we eat.. . . you've seen them.
I'm not even sure how to say what is all in my heart about this subject .. .but since it is February . . .and essentially we will see hearts everywhere for the next 14 days, it seems I may as well just lay it out before you.
Last weekend in church we were challenged to think about what are we doing with all that God has entrusted to us. What are we doing with our . . .time. . .. energy .. . .
It was the most fascinating and inspiring hour and a half that I've spent in church for quite some time. The words in the Bible came alive and set deep into my heart.
We were left considering what we are doing with what we have.
I'm assuming that if you are reading this, at the very least you have been able to afford a computer and an internet service to read it.
So stay with me. . . .
Yesterday as I continued to walk through the big box store I wondered about all I had heard ..
At church we were treated to the mind searing statistics of global hunger.
There was no where to go but listen to the hard facts.
- a child dies every five seconds due to hunger related causes . ..
- globally .. . 800 million people suffer from hunger . .. .
- villagers in Kenya live on $1.00 per day .. . .
- In Sierra Leone only 41% of children attend school.
We were also told the cold hard facts of what we spend in North America on what we consider necessities such as gourmet dog food, beauty supplies and diet aids . .fitness clubs.
It's interesting how God gives me such a clear memory at the most appropriate times, does that ever happen to you?
My memory took me back about 20 years when one Christmas my dad suggested to all of us that we give to the needy in lieu of a gift exchange. I can remember exactly where I was sitting when I announced that we were a bit needy ourselves.
Yikes. I've since regretted that cold hearted statement more times than I can recall.
I remember that we were needing to be careful with our finances and kept very close to a budget and yet I don't ever recall not being able to buy the
staple groceries that kept our family fed.
The wonderful part is that last weekend when we left that service we weren't feeling defeated at all. Rather, we felt such a sense of challenge to do something for our part.
The amazing thing is that there is enough food in the world that no one should die of hunger.
There is enough.
I'm sure that all around the world, where money is earned and spent everyday there are available projects to be involved in.
In Canada there is a project called
The Rice Raiser (click on the link for more info)
It's mission is to inspire this generation to actions of generous love to eliminate hunger locally and globablly.
Their vision is to work with schools, community groups and charitable organizations. They are educating us about global hunger and providing opportunities for action.
We are so excited to be given the privilege to particpate in a project that will save lives.
If we all do a little, we can make a difference in the world.
You and I.
All our little parts could become one beautiful creation of giving out of selfless love.
I was thinking about the numbers that read this blog everyday and imagined that there could be children living to see another day because we did something to ensure that they would have enough rice to eat.
There are many exciting opportunities.
$1 will buy vegetable seens for 7 families in Bangladesh.
$10 buys two fruit trees for 10 families.
In Sierra Leone $65 provides lunches and snacks for an entire school for a week.
This is only a small sample of what some wonderfully organized team has already done in the way of the homework, investigating and brainstorming.
In our home we intend to make a concious effort to consider how we can help the global and local community be less hungry.
We can make a difference.
Some weeks, it will mean that we pull out our check book.
Other weeks I'll be sure to put something in our local food bank container as I leave the grocery store.
It's not that hard.
I have a cheerful heart.
Have a wonderful day my friends.
The pedometer is firmly attached.