Wage peace with food

One last post (for now) on the book The End of Hunger. (Basic book review is HERE.) While we have a lot of good news over the last few decades in the cause to end hunger, the last few years have had their toll. The biggest issue: conflict.

Those in need of emergency assistance (meaning they have no other way to say alive) has risen dramatically in numbers.

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The End of Hunger: There is good news

I have reviewed The End of Hunger previously, but a brief review won’t capture the flood of thoughts hitting me.

The issue of hunger, poverty, or climate change relies on a main factor for motivation and action: panic. The fuel of any issue is the old news adage: “If it bleeds it leads.” There has to be a sense of things getting worse to keep an issue in front of people.

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Book Review: The End of Hunger

This book creates a big problem for me. There is so much to work through and think through it’s impossible to put it in a book review. This is a book for thought, for contemplation, for discussion, and then for action.

The book is edited by Jenney Eaton Dyer and Cathleen Falsani, but the feature is the articles by so many people involved in the issue of hunger, food insecurity, and the work to actually think of ending hunger by 2030.

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Needed: Abandonment to Christ

The reason some of us are such poor examples of Christianity is that we have failed to recognize that Christ is almighty. We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment or surrender to Jesus Christ. When we get into difficult circumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying, “Of course, He can’t do anything about this.” We struggle to reach the bottom of our own well, trying to get water for ourselves. Beware of sitting back, and saying, “It can’t be done.” You will know it can be done if you will look to Jesus. The well of your incompleteness runs deep, but make the effort to look away from yourself and to look toward Him. — Oswald Chambers

A new generation of bold faith

May we rise up and insist not on our own ingenuity and skill, but let us call out for the very presence of God.

We have become so skilled at drawing a crowd, but in our skill to draw a crowd, we have substituted that for the very presence of God. We have fallen into our own ingenuity trap and think our high tech worship with a huge crowd dancing to our incredibly talented musical performance is a “move of God.”

Help us, Lord.

Help us to fall away from the dependence on our own skill, or hiring that skill so we can impress people, and let us rise up in new resurrection faith.

We ask you to SHOW UP. Not because of our great talent, but because without you we are truly nothing.

 

Feed My Starving Children

Our church youth and adults participated in something incredible last night. Feed My Starving Children is an organization that packages food to send to the neediest places on earth. They get the food to organizations on the ground and let those organizations distribute meals to kids who get no other chance to eat something nutritious.

In the Twin Cities, this is a huge organization that gets hundreds of volunteers every day to come in and package the food. Last night, 25 of our church combined with several other groups to make a 1.5 hour shift of 114 volunteers. Each bag of food we prepped would provide 6 meals on average. Our shift packed 115 boxes. Each box contained 36 bags. If that were rationed out in the way Feed My Starving Children would prescribe, we fed 67 kids for a year with 1.5 hours of work.

Everyone who was involved last night was deeply touched by the need of the world. The statistics are overwhelming. The developed world produces enough food every year to properly feed the world. Every man, woman, and child on the planet could have enough food to take in enough energy to survive for a day. But in a world that produces that much food and has that much capability, hunger is on the rise, not decline.

We were part of something incredible that touches the heart last night. It was an amazing privilege.