World Food Day 2011

Deuteronomy 15:7-11: If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted towards your needy neighbour. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be. Be careful that you do not entertain a mean thought, thinking, ‘The seventh year, the year of remission, is near’, and therefore view your needy neighbour with hostility and give nothing; your neighbour might cry to the Lord against you, and you would incur guilt. Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbour in your land.’

World Food Day, 16th October each year, happens to have been on the same day this year as our Sunday Harvest Festival in Church.

I’ve also, having been sent many messages from various charities, got an even bigger look at the goings on in our world.

For example, the numbers are still rising; the famine in Somalia has killed 30,000 children in 3 months. And God knows how many parents are left in sorrow, or how many children are left with no parents. Drought is nature. Famine is man-made.

ONE, with more than 2.5 million members, is targeting governments and working to have them “get their priorities right”: stop using countries for their own good whilst they stress about problems which look very small in comparison with the starving overseas. Currently they are asking the United States Congress to take action – with the US holding a third of the world’s resources and only 6% of the population, ONE’s success could bring big results.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is ONE’s International Patron:

“Today millions more Africans are on life preserving anti-aids medications, millions are more protected by anti-malarial bed nets, and millions more children are in school for the first time, because of ONE’s advocacy and campaigning work, and that of similar partner organisations.”

Fantastic. Meanwhile, there is still much to do.

The charities I tend to support most of all in my giving/writing/speaking are Oxfam, and then Stop the Traffik. As a 17 year old housed under my parents’ roof my resources are a bit limited, but I do what I can!

Whilst I support Oxfam and Stop the Traffik, it is always good to hear of other groups, other people working in different ways to bring about a better world. To share, to unite, to spread peace and love.

Project Trust, ONE, The Wellspring, Peace One Day… all sorts.

Perhaps the world’s fate isn’t quite so helpless. If we all join in as much as we can, we’re sorted…

James 2:14-17: What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

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