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Last Night, 5,000 Children Died

Not in a flood.

Not in an earthquake.

Not in a wave of tornadoes or a political coups.

But from hunger.

Hunger. It’s that feeling that gnaws at our bellies in the morning because we haven’t had our cheerios yet. But for millions, hunger is a lifestyle with no hope. Today is World Food Day. It’s a good day to become aware of some things…

World Food Day Child Hunger

Via Save1.

And once you know, it’s time to do something. I leave it to your own conscience and God’s leading as to what your next step is, but here are four possibilities:

  • Pray for compassionate caregivers to be able to feed more hungry people.
  • Investigate what Save1 does. They’re for-profit, but they support nonprofit organizations in a way that uses business smarts for good.
  • Feed hungry people through great organizations like Samaritans PurseCompassion International, and World Vision (our family sponsors a little girl named Nana through World Vision).
  • Post the above infographic on your own blog today. Here’s the source link.
Now, go.

 

Meet Sylvester – He’s an Invisible Person

After dropping my wife and kids off at the airport, I drove around downtown L. A. to kill time while making sure they got on their plane. I saw homeless people as I drove. Then I saw homeless people like Sylvester via InvisiblePeople.tv, which I discovered through a post by Danny Brown. Meet Sylvester…

I struggle with the issue of homelessness. I want to help, but I don’t have enough money, I’m afraid of being mugged, and I don’t live in that “world.” Are those excuses? Perhaps, but I’m really just saying the things many of us feel. So what do we do? How do we give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name when it might mean getting mugged? Maybe we should at least start talking about it instead of pretending it’s not our issue.

Sylvester is my brother and he’s alone on the streets of Atlanta. What would you do for him, if you were me?

The Storehouse Is Almost Ready

storehouse-logoToday was exciting in that we received an enormous amount of food at a great price for Bethel’s new Storehouse Ministry which will be launching Tuesday as our way of feeding hungry people in northwest Arkansas. We’re still in need of food and volunteers, and probably will be for a long time to come, but we’re getting closer.

Storehouse Food DistributionI’ve been moved by the spirit of cooperation and teamwork going into this venture. It’s a blessing to me to be a part of a church with such a great spirit. We’re currently talking about being on a Search & Rescue mission with God, and this is part of it. Feeding people helps, but our greater vision is to feed the soul, to introduce people to a relationship with Jesus Christ, and to see lives changed forever.

Pray for us. Donate food if you’re close by and don’t already give elsewhere. Volunteer if you’re a part of our church family. Can’t wait till Tuesday!