World Hunger

orphans and widows

What does God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: ________________________

How would you finish that sentence? How you answer that statement will define not only your life, but how you live out your life before God. How you prioritize everything in your life.

We don’t have to guess how to complete that sentence, you don’t have to fill in the blank, James in his letter to the churches, that includes us today, in chapter 1 verse 27 gives us the complete sentence.

“What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this:

to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.

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True Biblical entrepreneurship is about starting a business not for the sake of profit but rather for the sake of the gospel. About helping out the disenfranchised, the poor and the needy, building up the Kingdom of God and the lives of other, not your personal wealth.

I just saw a great example of this in action on a TV show on food. And even though it is not being done by a Christian but rather a non-Christian it is a prime example of how to do a marketplace ministry. It is not proclaiming the gospel, but it is for the good of others. Saving the poor and needy, giving to others instead of taking from them. (more…)

harvesters snack cupsSpent half a day preparing food for the hunger, was at Harvesters for half the day sorting snack cups, about 500 lbs of them. Like pudding, Jello and apple sauce into 18 lbs box’s to be giving to the needy. After finishing that I labels unlabeled #10 cans (that’s restaurant sized ones) of green beans. Then boxed them up to be giving to the needy, about 300 of them. There is always a way to give to, help those in need, even if you do not have money to give, you can give time to feed, help those in need. I gave my time to love others, to help those in need.

On my way to the Freedom Fire Staff prayer meeting I met James, a homeless man who was a war veteran. I was able to give him a little money to buy some food with as well as share God’s love with him. Wanted to do more but he was at the top of freeway ramp and the light turned green and lots of traffic behind me so I had to leave after a short conversation with him. If when we are shot of time as well as money, even a few minuets and a couple of dollars can effect a person life who is in need.

Spent the afternoon with the Freedom Fire staff for prayer, prayed for the staff as well as the inner city poor and the children whom the ministry is working with. Heard lots of praise reports about what God did the last week in the ministry. Many came to Jesus, many lives changed. The new church plant has out grown its space, a much bigger place is needed to accommodate the growing number. Praise God for that.

I was able to love on the staff though encouragement and prayer for them. I was able to love on the people in the inner city by giving time to prayer for them, to love on them via prayer, lifting them up to God, going before God on their behalf, what a privilege.

What a great being to this week, doing acts of love for others, by giving time, money and prayer. Lord I pray the rest of the week is even more filled with acts of love for others.

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Today I loved others thus loved Jesus by helping prepare food box’s to be giving to hungry people, therefore fulfilling Mat 25:35.

I spent the first half of the day at Harvesters separating 13,000 lbs of frozen food, mostly meat and sea food then packing all of it up in into box’s with 30 lbs of food to be distributed to the needy.

That is approximately enough food to feed 480 people for a week with meat products.

It was a blessing to spend half a day packing food that I know will go to feed hungry and need people this week. Giving 4 1/2 hours of my time to feed hundreds of people is time well spent.

Just think of the time Americans spend on wasteful things during the week:

American now watches more than 151 hours of TV a month

Time spent playing video games, 18 hours per week

Time spent surfing the internet, 13 hours per week

Just think if Americans even just spent half that time laboring to help those in need, we would have different world indeed.

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Here are the five charities getting donations through text message for :

  • Text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 on behalf of the Yéle Foundation, the leading contributor to rebuilding Haiti founded by Wyclef Jean.
  • Text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 on behalf of the Red Cross in the U.S.
  • Text “Haiti” to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of the Clinton Foundation (former President Clinton is Special Envoy to Haiti.
  • Text “Haiti” to 85944 to donate $5 on behalf of the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.
  • Text “Haiti” to 25383 to donate $5 on behalf of the International Rescue Committee.

Other news on giving to Haiti Right now American Express and Visa are waving fees for to the charity if you use their cards to give money. And Capital One Bank pledges that 100 percent of your donation will go to the charity. They do this for 1.2 million charities as long as you use the Capital One web site. The rest of the U.S. credit card industry should follow suit.

the love revolution jm This is a great book, a must read for every Christian and really everyone. This subject is one I am most passionate about! There are over 2000 scriptures where God is speaking about the poor, needy and orphans, this is the one issue most on God’s heart. And therefore it should be the priority for His people, the poor are the ones most dear to the heart of God and should be for His people also.

The book is about getting it, understanding the heart of God, aliening our hearts with His, understanding our responsibility to the poor and needy. Moving from a selfish life, a self centered life, to one of love for others. Having our hearts break over the things that break God’s heart.
At this books core is the story of author, Joyce Meyer and how she finely got what God says about our duty to the poor and needy, how she was changed and how her ministry changed also when she got hold of Gods passion for the poor and needy. This book is about her encouraging others to get that same passion, to get Gods heart for the needy, and take action as she did. To understand our calling to take care of the poor and needy, do something, to act on what God said, to walk the talk as they say.

Ted Kennedy was asked once how he could have such an obsession with the condition of the poor being he grew up with privilege, so much wealth. Kennedy replied with a question; asking reporter if he had never read the bible?.He got it. And it dictated his life, his work, the focus of all most every bill he authored in the senate (I’m no fan of Kennedy’s political stance, but admired his passion for the poor and social justice.). This is what Joyce wants for her readers, that just as it took hold of her and her life, for it to take hold of her readers and change them.

In Matthew 25 Jesus said He will separates the sheep from the goats of those who call Him Lord, and says to the sheep, that being the ones that have fed the hungry, clothed the naked, given drink to the thirsty, and visited those in prison, visited the sick. Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: But He said woe to the goats those who did none of these things. This is an issue God does not take lightly, this book is about being found a sheep in Jesus’ story.

Joshua Williams After seeing starving children on a “Feed the Children” program, five year Joshua Williams knew his life goal was to end hunger and suffering.

So at age 5 he has founded Joshua’s Heart Foundation for assisting those who struggle daily to procure food for basic survival. The main focus of his vision is to “Stomp out Hunger” in indigent and underprivileged communities, as well as from among those who battle debilitating diseases that affect their ability to earn enough to feed themselves.

“Since I was 5 years old, I have wanted to do something to help the poor,” Joshua wrote in his “Message from the President” on the foundation’s website. “I wanted to do this because I don’t want to see kids suffer. I am going to give people food and things so they can find a way to help themselves. Whenever I work, I will give some of my money to help.”

When I read his story not only am I inspired to do more myself, he shows us their is no excuse for not doing something, taking action. If a 5 year old can do something, how much more can adults with far more money, recourses’.

Joshua has proven there is always something you can do, and no effort is to small, that just $30 will feed six starving child for one month, even save their lives.

After concentrating on local hunger issues for two years, Joshua has recently added a focus to global hunger, and is considering a trip to Africa in the future.

“He just made up his mind that this is what he wanted to do,” his mom, Claudia McLean, told the Miami Herald. “There is no stopping him.”

They do things like the Back Pack Program, which provides low-income children with a backpack full of nutritious, nonperishable food.

How about you? What will you do today?

 

Visit his website: Joshua’s Heart Foundation

My site on ending hunger: The Isaiah Challenge

American Christians lack a realistic view, understanding of wealth, hopefully this will help some get a new perspective, look at just how blessed they really are.

  • If you live in America and you:

    Work at McDonald’s. You have a income higher than 80% of the world. Almost two in three people survive on less than $2 a day, with one in three living on less than $1 a day. 40 million people alone in Americans live in a state of poverty, hunger and hardship.

    Ate 3 meals today. Over half of the world eats only 1 meal or less a day, over 1 billion did not eat at all today.

By world standards if you earned a least as much as a McDonald’s employee, you are among the richest 20% of the people in the world. And if you ate 3 meals today, you are better off than half the world.

When one conceders these facts, you really gain a new perspective on life, perhaps a new understanding of just how thankful you should be about your living situation. And to reconsider God’s words when He said “For of those to whom much is given, much is required”. Luke 12:48. Maybe you have always said, He is talking to the top rich people, you know the well off ones, but if you are in the top 20% of the world richest, well, that would be you. Something for us to think about.

Girls dirty faces c avaag Yes! A Dollar a Week Will End World Hunger, that’s all it would take

Over one billion live with a daily existence of malnutrition, hunger and polluted drinking water, at the top of scale also has over one billion people in it, the top of the food chain as they say lives lived where hunger is never really an issue for them personally.

The number of well off and those living in extreme poverty on the planet is now 1 to 1.

If all of those who are at the top want to provide the the means to end hunger, how much would it cost them? Assume that all existing government and private aid programs continue.

The cost of providing one billion people with 250 kilograms of grain, enough to prevent starvation every year is approximately $50 billion dollars a year, that’s it. That would seem to be a lot of money, but with one billion people to pay, it is no big deal just $50 a year!

With $50 billion a year as an estimated cost of ending world hunger, the expense for each well-off person is one dollar a week, for about what the average customer spends a week for coffee they could end starvation. And if the world corporations where to kick in, it would be even less per person. It is the growth in the number of rich people on the planet, that results in this favorable situation that we now have, this is a open door to end hunger, if we choose to step though it.

For a list of ways to give visit my Site Isaiah Challenge click here.

child labor Chien-min The US Department of State, new report on Financial Crisis and Human Trafficking 2009 says, Rising Unemployment Leads to Greater Trafficking Vulnerabilities. Says that the economic crisis is causing dramatic increases in the numbers of unemployed, working poor, and those in vulnerable employment. If the crisis continues, more than 200 million workers, mostly in developing economies, could be pushed into extreme poverty, according to the report.

The forced labor implications of the financial crisis are particularly stark for Asia, a region identified with an existing high level of job insecurity. The region also has a high prevalence of existing forced labor; it is home to 77 percent of the world’s forced labor victims.

This growing poverty is making more people vulnerable to both labor and sex trafficking, boosting the supply side of human trafficking all over the world.

And the most effected are children, children are the most valuable to be trafficked, for both forced labor and the sex trade. They are easily obtained from poor families willing to sell their children for much needed money, and many part with their children on false promises of schooling or prosperity. And children are easy to just take, kidnap. As well as young women looking for work to survive are easily deceived into trafficking with the lure of a good job.

You can read the full report here.