Feed The Hungry

December 10, 2008

READ Isaiah 58:1-14 
“Feed the hungry, 
      and help those in trouble. 
 Then your light will shine out from the darkness, 
      and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” 
Isaiah 58:10


Feed the world According to Bread for the World, a leading organization in the effort to end hunger, 923 million people in the world today are chronically hungry. Every day, almost 16,000 children die of hunger-related causes. While most in the United States do not suffer from extreme hunger, millions are unable to afford the food they need for a healthy diet.

As God’s people through Jesus Christ, we cannot ignore the reality of hunger in our world. Nor can we sit by while millions starve. Simple compassion, not to mention Christ-like love, calls us to act. 

Feed the World In the time of Isaiah, God promised that if his people would feed the hungry and help those in trouble, then their light would shine out from the darkness. The same is true today. If Christians band together to fight hunger, not only will millions receive the help they desperately need, but also the world will see the light of Christ shining through us. As Jesus said, “No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matt. 5:15-16). 

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How are you contributing to the effort of God’s people to feed the hungry? Are you planning to do anything extra in this special season? 

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I must confess that it’s easy for me to forget about the hungry. I don’t see them very often. There aren’t many news stories on children dying from hunger. It’s easy to be insulated from the reality of hunger in our world. Forgive me, Lord, for my narrow vision, even for my hardness of heart.

Today I pray especially for your church, that we might be mobilized even more to feed the hungry. Thank you for organizations like Bread for the World, World Vision, and others that help us to meet human need in an effective way. Thank you for thousands of individuals who are using their knowledge and skills to help the poor overcome poverty. Use these efforts and so many others to bring an end to starvation.

Finally, Lord, help me to find my role in this work. Show my family and me where we should direct our giving. Help us to grow, not only in our giving, but also in our personal involvement in efforts to help the hungry.

O Lord, may we shine with your light into this dark world. Amen

 

Mark D. Roberts, as Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge, is an advisor and frequent contributor toTheHighCalling.org. A Presbyterian pastor, Mark earned his Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard University. He has written six books, including No Holds Barred: Wrestling with God in Prayer (WaterBrook, 2005). He blogs daily at www.markdroberts.com.

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The World Food Program is an international organization dedicated to feeding the world’s hungry. These are truly remarkable people managing the largest humanitarian organization in the world. The scale and scope of what they do is almost incomprehensible. At any given moment, they have up to 5000 trucks on the road delivering aid to some of the most dangerous, but important, aid-dependent regions in the world. The work they do is vital, heartfelt, and often dangerous, and they are truly dedicated to making the world a better place.

Goals and Strategies

WFP strives to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, with the ultimate goal in mind of eliminating the need for food aid itself.

The core strategies behind WFP activities, according to its mission statement, are to provide food aid to:

  1. save lives in refugee and other emergency situations;
  2. improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable people at critical times in their lives; and
  3. help build assets and promote the self-reliance of poor people and communities, particularly through labour-intensive works programmes.

WFP food aid is also directed to fight micronutrient deficiencies, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, and combat disease, including HIV and AIDS. Food-for-work programmes help promote environmental and economic stability and agricultural production.

Trivani CEO Bob Steed had the opportunity to meet with them in June, and they formed a strong relationship that may soon become an official partnership. We’re all very excited, so watch this blog for more news!

The following video is an example of the what the WFP does, and the challenges it faces.

If you would like to make a difference in our world and change a child’s life, please consider changing your personal care products, and shop Trivani online today! Your decision to make one change is that simple, and it is that powerful!

 

If you’d like to learn more about the World Food Program, check out their website at www.wfp.org.