Another Reminder of How Fortunate We Really Are…

5 million.  This is the number of precious children in Ethiopia that are orphans at this very moment.  Many of them are orphans because of their parents dying from AIDS, because of poverty, because of populations that are growing faster than needs can be met.

These are children Jesus loves and died for, and His heart aches for them.  The true question is….does ours?  When we see the hurt, the heartache, the hopelessness found in so many places around the world, what we complain about seems so trivial.  Yes, I know, not having our favorite breakfast cereal or running out of our favorite bath soap really SEEMS like a crisis, but I don't think it really is.  We have shelter, food, clothing, resources, and are more blessed than we can even appreciate.  "And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content: (1 Tim 6:8, NASB).

Here's a link highlighting the plight of so many precious children.

Ethopian Orphans

Be sure to stop and thank the Lord for all He has blessed you with.

More Hunger

It seems like many of my posts as of late have been about the global hunger and food crisis.  It appeared again on the front page of the USA Today.  Maybe it concerns me because it seems that Scripture says that when we minister to those in need, we are ministering to Jesus Himself.

31"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All
the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the
people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the
goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

 34"Then
the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by
my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since
the creation of the world. 35For
I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you
gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

 37"Then
the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and
feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

 40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

 41"Then
he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I
was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you
did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after
me.'

 44"They also
will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger
or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

 45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

 46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." (Matt 25:31-26, NIV).

How can we not be moved to compassion when we see images such as these:

Hunger in Ethiopia:  The New Famine

We cannot stand by and let the world suffer.  We must ask God what He would have us do to make a difference.

I Can’t Even Begin to Fathom…

I’ve been reading articles about the problems in Zimbabwe lately.  I cannot begin to fathom the rate of inflation in that country.  Depending on the article, it seems to be between 1.5 million to 12.5 million percent.  In perspective, one article stated that a loaf of bread now costs what 12 cars did a decade ago.   The actual math on that statistic is mind boggling.

We seem to freak out when gas prices fluctuate a few cents a day…how would we respond when money became so useless that a loaf of bread cost $180,000?

I struggle to think through practical ways to be able to assist those that are in such dire straights.  How does one go about helping those with so little, except that we start by looking at ourselves and figuring out what we are wasting that others could use to survive and then find ways to take the savings and send it to those in need in such a way that they would get it.  Anyone have any good ideas?