Thursday, August 11, 2011

I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food...

I am sure many of you have heard the news reports of the drought in the horn of Africa. The pictures are heart-wrenching. The suffering is unimaginable to us as Americans. The estimated numbers of those dying from starvation are staggering. It is estimated more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 have died in the last 90 days in Samolia alone. Please be in prayer for these dear people, the fathers, the mothers, the elderly, the children. Pray that God would draw them so near and comfort them in their time of despair. Pray that we would not be ignorant and complacent in our comfy, climate-controlled lives. If you feel moved to give financially, here is a great resource for determining an organization (or two or three) to donate to. Click the link here to visit a website established by other adoptive families and view several trust-worthy organizations. If you choose to donate today, send an email to the address provided on the site letting us know, and if the amount you give is over $25, feel free to choose a gift as our way of saying thanks on behalf of our extended family who are in great need.
Above is a video of a song that rings through my head every time I look at the photos of the children who are dying because they've been too hungry for too long. (Pause the music on the sidebar before listening to the video). Oh I hope that my ears are willing to hear and respond to the cries of the children. But even beyond that, I hope that my heart is willing to respond to the words of Jesus in Matthew 25. "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...Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."