World Hunger Tag

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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…)

0423194458Spent the evening in the inner city with Freedom Fire ministry in one of the poorest areas of the city in a government housing complex. I got to love on about 60 kids. We played game with them, like soccer, basketball, Frisbee and did things like face painting. The majority of these kids are in fatherless homes, some have a part time mom at best. There was a group of about 20 Somalis, all Moslems, that get to hear about Jesus every week.

After we play and love on them, we tell them a short bible story and tell them about Jesus and His love for them. Then we fed them pizza and oranges. It is the only hot mean most of them would have that day.

It was such a blessing from God to be a father to the fatherless, to feed the hungry, share the love of God and the gospel all in one night. This kids are so starved for love and affection, they latch on to, some times in overwhelming numbers. Just wanting to be close to someone, have there hand held, prayed attention to. So hungry for a hot meal shared in love.

What an awesome way to spend a Friday night loving the forgotten, the poor, the fatherless with the love of God, proclaiming Jesus to them.

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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.

World take note: The way we treat children today will determine how they turn out, for good or evil, in the future.

With:

  • 1.5 mi will be added this year to the number already trafficked in the world, most for sex
  • 28% of all children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted
  • 121 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school
  • 16,000 or more children die from starvation EVERY DAY
  • 65 million orphans in Asia alone
  • 42 million orphans in Africa alone
  • 400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5)
  • 270 million with no access to health services (1 in 7)
  • 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3)
  • 1.8 million child deaths each year as a result of diarrhea
  • 100 million homeless children living in the streets around the world
  • 2.8 million kids live on the streets–in the US alone
  • 12 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the US
  • 11 is the average age of first Internet exposure to pornography in the US
  • 80% of 15-17 year olds have multiple hard-core exposures to porn
  • 90% (most while doing homework) of 8-16 year olds have viewed porn online
  • 2 million children are objects of sexual abuse in the US alone
  • 1.5 mi Cambodia Children 5-14 who can be considered work slaves
  • 17% of Africa’s labor force is children
  • 1 million children of all ages live on the streets of Russia and never attend school
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What is this saying about the future? For those who make it even. Every one of these facts can be changed, must be changed.