Sunday, November 23, 2008

HUNGER

THANK YOU FOR VISTING 
and SHARING IN
MISSION 4 MONDAY!
[if you need more information on participation, please click & go here]

Since this week is THANKSGIVING and
times are tough for many & getting more tough daily, perhaps you are not celebrating as usual...but still giving THANKS! My heart aches for you but it makes me very aware of the days in which we live and the sufferings of many, especially children that are HUNGRY!

I am not affliliated with any of the following organizations, however I know the benefits they bring & offer those less fortunate than ourselves: Those  in HUNGER

Scope of the problem 

An estimated 854 million people in the developing world currently do not 
consume enough calories to sustain healthy bodies

"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ as found in Matthew 25


What is hunger?

Hunger is when people do not get enough food to provide the nutrients
(carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water) for active and healthy lives

Malnutrition results from a lack of calories and/or inadequate consumption of
one or more nutrients such as Vitamin A or iodine.

Famine is a situation of extreme scarcity of food, potentially leading to  widespread starvation, which is defined as extreme suffering or death from prolonged lack of food.

HUNGER KILLS~Did you know every day 25,000 people die from hunger and hunger related causes? Of those, 18,000 are children. One person dies of hunger every 3.6 seconds. That is more than 17 people each minute; 1,042 each hour; which translates into 9,125,000 every single year! One in six people on the planet is hungry.

More fatal than war~An estimated 17 percent of all deaths in the world are due to malnutrition and unsafe water. In the last 50 years, more than 418 million people have died
from hunger and poor sanitation--nearly three times the number of people who died in all wars of the 20th century.

What is Chronic hunger?

Chronic hunger reduces the body's ability to function and leads to a weakened state, leaving a
person more susceptible to disease. It's these preventable illnesses that often lead to death.

When hunger progresses into starvation, the body literally eats up all its reserves of protein and
energy. At this point, even with intervention, a victim may be so weak that he or she may not recover.

Hunger’s real causes

World population is not the reason for it—contrary to what some might believe.

The real reason nearly one billion of the planet’s 6.7 billion people are undernourished is because
of food-distribution problems, natural disasters, government policies, civil unrest, inequitable trade policies, lack of knowledge and greed.

What FOOD for the HUNGRY is doing?

Food for the Hungry currently impacts individuals in 26 countries, attempting to alleviate
hunger and malnutrition in the world. At Food for the Hungry, we are accountable before God
and before our donors to use gifts in the best way possible. We give 91 percent of our resource
income to field programs and relief interventions.

What you can do?

Food for the Hungry offers many ways to help. 

(1)Perhaps you want to sponsor a child or (2) join our Prayer Network. Or you can(3) join our overseas volunteers for a few weeks with our Short-term Team Ministry or a few years
through our Hunger Corps program. (4) Or, you can donate online www.fh.org or by calling 
1-800-2-HUNGERS.

Food for the Hungry currently impacts individuals in 26 countries providing emergency relief
and implementing development programs throughout the world. This includes our field  programs , exploratory programs and presence of our local-country offices (National Organizations). We help the world's most disadvantaged people through child-development
programs, agriculture and clean-water projects, health and nutrition programs, microenterprise
loans and education; teaching communities to become self-sustaining. Food for the Hungry is a Christian organization founded in 1971 by Dr. Larry Ward. For more information please visit www.fh.org

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COMPASSION ~ CHILDREN IN POVERTY ~Many of you are familiar with SPONSORING a Child through COMPASSION but they have so much more that they make available to get involved & bless others with so much less.

"Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.


Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training.

Today, Compassion helps more than 1 million children in 24 countries."


What is the Poverty Wheel?* [You can visually see this by going here.]
Poverty is a complex problem. The poverty wheel is a graphic representation of the problem of poverty. 

The hub represents absolute poverty. 

The spokes represent the different needs of those in poverty: Economic, Health,  Social,
Environmental, Educational, and Spiritual ~ Compassions shares this:
"Without an understanding of the Word and ways of God, it is difficult to understand yourself. Nearly four-fifths of our world’s children are growing up with no knowledge of God’s love for them through Jesus Christ. Compassion works in many communities where Christianity is not the religion of the majority. We cannot — and will not— coerce any child or parent to become a Christian. But many have decided to follow Jesus as they experience God’s love through the ministry of the local church partnering with Compassion. Children’s lives undergo a revolution when they realize that God loves and values them. They understand that they were placed on the earth with a divine purpose in mind. Many go on to develop a deep commitment to
discover and fulfill that purpose for God’s glory."

 The rim represents enough!!!!!!!

Compassion’s mission is to bring children from the hub of the wheel (poverty) to the rim (enough).
*Taken from Too Small to Ignore

Ways to Get Involved

 

It's not enough to just know a lot about poverty. As God's family, we are called to do something about it.

Here are a whole bunch of
practical ways that you can make a difference for children in poverty around the world. So what are you waiting for? Please click on HERE and see how you can be involved!

THE CHOICE is clearly up to you about what you will say to the Lord when He asks

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I'm hungry for a Thanksgiving meal but they don't celebrate it here & I don't have an oven, although they sell the turkeys & at Christmas, there are places that prepare them with their trimmings...but cranberry sauce & stuffing is hard to come by. I have a microwave oven but I use it to warm up food that's already prepared...not even TV dinners of turkey are available (no TV dinners)...maybe I'll have KFC~Kentucky Fried Chicken. But at least, I know I'll eat something & be GIVING THANKS!!! Happy Thanksgiving & many blessings on each of you!


Please remember to keep MICEY (Michele Anderson @ Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Jesus) in prayer as she is on her MISSION TRIP to HAITI! In her own words...gone fishin' !

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3 comments:

Michele Williams said...

Thank you so much for this much needed information. We have so much to be thankful for. Thank you again.

Denise said...

Big blessings, and thank yous to you for sharing this worthy mission my friend. I love you.

Laurie Ann said...

What an awesome post with some great information in it. The statistics on hunger are staggering! Wow! Praying now...

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