Thanks in Action

It’s THANKS-O-RAMA 2016  here on GUWG, where for the past week we’ve been giving thanks to God for all his amazing, astounding, astonishing blessings.

I suspect that some of us are still struggling to recover from an overdose of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Here’s a rather sobering passage to consider:

One Billion Starving: Help!

I tell you the truth, whatever you did
for one of the least of these brothers of mine,
you did for me.
(Matthew 25:40)

According to the latest statistics from stopthehunger.com, more than one billion people are starving right now. Some other sobering stats:

  • more than 25,000 people will die from hunger today
  • nearly 1 in 6 of the world’s population is undernourished
  • the amount spent in the U.S. on obesity-related diseases is nearly 50 times more than the global amount spent on food aid
  • Americans will waste more than 100,000 tons of food today — more than enough to feed every single hungry person in the world and still have plenty left over

Do something. Now. Seriously.

  • Pray.
  • Sell some of your stuff and give the money away.
  • Get involved in your community by helping out in a local homeless shelter or food pantry.
  • Instead of ignoring beggars on the street, take ’em to Subway and buy ’em a meal.
  • Visit foodforthepoor.org, where for $36 you can feed a hungry child for a year.
  • Go to worldvision.org, where you can donate goats, chickens and cows to starving families.
  • Share food, clean water and the Gospel by sponsoring a child through Compassion International.
  • Check out bloodwatermission.com, where you can help build sustainable wells in Africa.
  • Play trivia games at freerice.com where each correct answer triggers a food donation.

If anyone has material possessions
and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him,
how can the love of God be in him?
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue
but with actions and in truth.
(1 John 3:17-18)

The Least of These

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”

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.” (Matthew 25:37-40)

Want some perspective?

According to real-time statistics provided by worldometers.info:

  • 22,205 people have already died from hunger today
  • 1,731,072 people have died from water-related diseases this year
  • 1,357,496,468 people have no access to safe drinking water

Want to help? 

Ask God to open your eyes to the needs around you.

  • Sell some of your stuff and give the money away.
  • Get involved in your community by helping out in a local homeless shelter or food pantry.
  • Instead of ignoring beggars on the street, take ’em to Subway and buy ’em a meal.
  • Visit worldvision.org, where you can buy goats, chickens and cows to help starving families.
  • Check out blood:watermission.org, where you can help build sustainable wells in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Go to Food for the Poor, where you can build a home for a destitute family.

Since I started writing this, another 841 people have died from starvation. Help NOW!

FEED THE POOR