Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Feed the Forgotten

Children are starving in Uganda. You might be like me (sometimes) and think, "They are starving in a lot of places, including in the United States." How callous of me to think that way, but sadly, it seems there is so much hunger and pain and need in our world that we often become callous in our thought process. But Jesus encouraged us not to be that way and to help.

I came across this blog post which I don't think is an accident because it's not a blog I've ever been to before. I read about the children who are starving and that ONLY $.14 will provide a meal. I saved a lot of money triple couponing this week. I think I could definitely spare $.14. Interestingly enough:
$2.86 will feed a person for 20 days
$1 per FAMILY per day
$20 feed a family for 20 days

I found it interesting that this blogger wrote:
What am I willing to give us so that others might eat?
People are STARVING to death while we waste our money on things we DO NOT NEED.
News reports from this area report the following: there are also 55,000 people there starving, feeding on leaves, ash, cow dung and termites! Palapiano Kawunda, a 71-year-old widower says he hadn't eaten for four days and had to eat cow dung. He has swollen legs and the rest of his body is weak. He is suffering from severe diarrhoea. "I had taken a week without eating. Fearing death, I crawled towards a cow and ate cow dung."
If you can read this and allow children and adults to die starving, click on to the another site to read or push it from your mind. If it bothers you as much as it does me when you could give even a few dollars ($1 will feed 6 people -- SIX PEOPLE for only $1), then click here to donate through Children's HopeChest. Be sure to write FEED THE FORGOTTEN in the notes section so the money will go for that.
Count up some change to give; give up one soda today; give up your weekly pizza night, give up something. Fast to see what hunger feels like while you pray for those who are hungry. Pray!! So far, this project has raised a little over $6,000. Feel free to post about it on your blog -- anywhere. Let God lead your heart. Think of how many you would want to tell if your children were hungry and starving.
"Love your neighbor as yourself."
Psalm 107:5-6
"They were hungry and thirsty;
Their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses"

1 comment:

Brandi said...

Thank you for posting this. It brings tears to my eyes every time someone chooses to care about these precious ones without ever having had the privilege of holding them in your arms. Thank you.