Monday, August 24, 2015

“A child dies of hunger every ten seconds.” ― The Lancet (an internationally renowned medical journal)

Why?  Why, when we have so much food that obesity in children is a major issue in many countries?  Why, when there is enough food surplus (yes, that’s surplus) to feed every person on the planet, do over three million children die of hunger every year?  We watch food show contests and cooking shows every day.  There are even whole channels just for food and food shows.  We all have to eat, and it is a good thing, a God ordained thing that we need to eat, but how do we eat knowing that others are going hungry?  When I was on a mission trip to Peru, our group would eat outside on the patio of the restaurant until the management kicked us out.  They kicked us out because we were secretly handing food through the hedge to the hungry children on the sidewalk.  We had trouble everywhere we ate because even if we couldn’t see them, we knew they were there.  We have to forget them, we have to pretend that their hunger isn’t really real and has nothing to do with us.  I mean, after all, if I can’t feed the whole world how could what little I could do make a difference?  You know the starfish story “It makes a difference to that one . . .” if you believe it, you can give one can of food a week to a food pantry.  You can volunteer to help at a soup kitchen.  You can support those you know who are doing something.  What we do here is so little it borders on the pathetic, but it matters to the hundred or so orphans that we feed each day.  Yes, God lets me forget the starving children for if they were on my mind every minute of every day, I would go crazy.  All God wants is for you to do what you can, where you are, with what you have—and you can each do something.  You don’t have to change your lifestyle or make big sacrifices, you just have to acknowledge that there is a problem and that you are a small part of the solution and not part of the problem.  That’s all God asks of you, to be a small part of the solution.  To give one child a plate of beans, a cup of porridge, a cup of rice—not much, but enough to stay alive another day.  Look around you, there are many, many ways you can help.  Find one.  Do one.  Make a difference to just one child.  Become a starfish thrower wherever you are, whatever you do.  You don’t have to do anything, of course, but I can’t get past that passage in the 25th chapter of Matthew—you know, “I was hungry and you fed me.”  That one.

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