FAITHFULNESS FIGHTS HUNGER
As Christians, we are seldom called to achieve an end result (example being to end world hunger). Instead, we are simply called to be faithful. In the case of hunger we are called to be a visible manifestation of God’s love for the hungry and impoverished. What precisely does that mean? It means we are to be engaged in doing something about hunger. James make the compelling case that there is a connection between our faith and our works. Since our faith rests on the principle of loving God and loving our neighbor, our faith must result in some good being accomplished for our neighbor in God’s name.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Individually we are to respond to the reality of hunger in light of our faith. While it is true that not every Christian is called by Christ to do the same thing, each is called to do something. As Mother Teresa once said, “If you can’t feed one hundred people, just feed one.”
Here are four things everyone can do:
- Become aware
- Contribute financially to a hunger relief ministry
- Volunteer your time to help feed the hungry
KIDS TURN COINS INTO MEALS
Christ's Church of Roswell, New Mexico is 200 miles from the Mexico border. The church has a heart for helping their neighbors in Juarez making frequent trips and partnering with a local church. This month they are even building an orphanage in this city formerly plagued by gang violence and drugs.
Mission Pastor Chris LaDuca shares, “Our church has been supporting Jae and Debra, and OTB since 2009. I still remember meeting them and being so impressed with the way that God has gifted the Evans with such entrepreneurial drive, intellect, and business sense, but also coupled with such
passion for serving the poor and seeking kingdom fruit, not worldly wealth. They had such a smart efficient plan, and time has shown it to be effective and growing!”
Every year Christ’s Church holds a summer sports camp that draws hundreds of kids. This year was no exceptions as they averaged 550 children a day! Chris says, “We always collect coins for a good cause. A few years back, the children's pastor heard that for 25 cents OTB could make a meal for a child in Mexico. He was sold! Ever since then, the coins go to OTB. We tell the kids how many children are fed which motivates them to bring coins! And of course there is a fun prize. This year the girls won so our guys intern Ceidric got slimed.”
Those pennies, quarters, nickels, and dimes add up as last month Outside the Bowl received a check for $2,262.90!
Having visited the kitchen in Tijuana Chris shares, “We loved seeing OTB help ministries get to spend more time and energy ministering to kids, instead of worrying about preparing meals.” In addition, he comments, “We are praying for an OTB kitchen in Juarez someday so we can see the fruit of the ministry in our own backyard!” And we are praying alongside them!
#30DAYSOFPRAYER: ANSWERED PRAYERS
Here are a few highlights:
- The social service department of Haitian government started purchasing 500 meals a day with the hopes of eventually increasing that amount to 4,500!
- Wild fires raged across the Western Cape of South Africa in June. Outside the Bowl's George Super Kitchen went into action providing meals for those fighting the flames.
- Outside the Bowl's Mexico kitchens are getting creative diversifying options. For example, the Tijuana kitchen is selling processed vegetables to the local YWAM base.
- Feasibility trips were taken to Leon, Mexico as well as Guatemala.
Our daily prayer continues to be that each recipient of an Outside the Bowl meal would know the love of Christ. Follow this link for additional details.