Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hunger and Privilege...

Did you know that a child dies from hunger-related causes (either through starvation or from complications from malnutrition) every 8 to 12 seconds?!  Or that 925 Million people in this world go hungry every day?!  Or that 2.6 billion people in the world live on less than $2 a day?!  Those are some tough facts….especially for those of us privileged enough to grow up in the united states where food is pretty abundant.  But even in our own country 15% of people live in poverty and more than 1 in 5 children live in households that struggle to put food on the table. (That's 16.2 million children). Gives you a bit of perspective doesn’t it?!!?!  Suddenly…what you have doesn’t seem so bad does it?!?  And what little you can give seems like a whole lot more, huh?!?!
  That’s how I’ve been feeling for the last two days as I joined in with my youth group to raise awareness for world hunger by participating in the 30 hour famine (check out more info at  For 30 hours we fasted and as a group (minus me since I had to work) served the community through activities like collecting non-perishable food items for a local non-profit organization (which luckily I get the privilege of dropping off later this week).  I can’t speak for others, but I love this kind of stuff.  I love to help others, to be their voice, to stand beside them, to shed a little light on issues so much bigger than me.
  This year, as I fasted even through two shifts of work, I found myself so thankful for all the opportunities I have in my life to do just what we did this weekend.  Maybe it’s not fasting, but I can still help, speak for, and stand with so many people as I go through my everyday life. It seems so often I wait for the big moments or for other people to join in with me to make a move.  It’s like I forget that sometimes changing the world means changing just one persons world!  And I know life isn’t about just addressing people’s hurt, but sometimes it takes reaching out to sooth someone’s pain to see God change someone’s heart.  I’m willing to do that….are you?!?!


  1. I always want to do this but never know when it happens. Keep me posted for next year!

  2. It happens again April 27th-28th of this year, if you wanted to participate then!!!