An article from Baptist
Global Response begins like this: “They volunteered to die.” Why would elderly
men and women in a West African village volunteer to die? Because there wasn’t
enough food and they chose to give their food to their children and grandchildren.
This scenario is real and it
happens all over the world, probably more often than we realize. Hunger and
malnutrition are the number one health risks worldwide. Every day about 16,000
children die from hunger-related causes.
David Platt talks about
hunger and poverty in his book Radical. I recommend it and I encourage you to
read it. But I should warn you: your toes will be stepped on and sometimes it
will be difficult to turn to the next page. It is a very convicting read, but
one that will change your perspective on quite a few things.
Pastor Platt writes that
more than one billion people in the world live, and also die, in poverty.
These are people trying to
live on less than one dollar per day.
Another two billion people
live on less than two dollars per day. What that amounts to, Platt writes, is
“nearly half the world struggling to find food, water, and shelter with the
same amount of money I spend on french fries for lunch.”
I don’t know about you, but
for me, that is hard to read. If we are honest, we must admit that we sometimes
use money frivolously when people around the world are dying because they
cannot get enough food.
Platt also says that if you
have running water, shelter over your head, clothes to wear, food to eat,
transportation (even if it’s public transportation), you are in the top 15
percent of the world’s wealthiest people. We may not want to acknowledge it,
but in this comparison, we are rich people.
October 10 is World Hunger
Sunday. Across the nation, Southern Baptists will give to the Southern Baptist
World Hunger Offering. This offering helps provide food and clean water for
thousands of people.
You may be reluctant to give
because the problem is so overwhelming and you cannot change it. If that is how
you are thinking, I would say to you that you are correct. You cannot change
the hunger problem for the entire world. Yet, you can do something. You can
give something that will make a difference to someone. I hope the church you
attend will develop a plan to share information about the reality of world
hunger and ask people to give in October.
What can you sacrifice in
order to give to this offering?
What can you go without in order to give more?
If the Lord has blessed and you are rich, please give generously.
For more information about
the World Hunger Offering, visit www.worldhungerfund.com.
gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to