Hunger Among Other Things

As of 2011, 20,000 children under the age of 5 died from hunger and hunger related causes. To put that into perspective, that is 250 filled school buses of kids that died every single day. That’s nearly 14 kids every minute. To say that there is a problem is a little bit of an understatement. And it’s not just a problem that effects third world countries. Hunger also effects children in the United States. So what can we do about it? Through an organization called World Vision, people all over are participating in an event called the 30 Hour Famine. World Vision hosts several Famine events every year, but not only that, they offer child sponsorships in order to continue caring for the hungry after the Famine events. You can visit and learn more about World Vision at worldvision.org.

This will be my eighth year doing the 30 Hour Famine. When I first began doing the Famine in my 7th grade year, the number of kids dying every day was nearly double what it is today. Through efforts of World Vision and The 30 Hour Famine, the number of hungry kids are decreasing dramatically. I’ve been able to see students grow closer together, but more importantly closer to God. Being able to be apart of that is something special.

So here’s how it works: students and anyone else who wants to participate raises money to send to World Vision so that they can distribute food and resources all over the world. Our group will be fasting for 30 hours at the end of April, hence the name 30 Hour Famine. We do this in order to get a little feel for what it is like to be hungry and use it as a tool to raise awareness by telling people why we aren’t eating for 30 hours. While fasting we are going to be doing service projects around our community to help students see the need that is in their own back yards.

This is just a brief overview of what The Famine is about. If you want to learn more, or even get involved, you can head over to 30hourfamine.org. I also ask that you would consider donating to a great cause and organization that is helping the hungry all over the world. If you would like to donate, you can find my donation page here: http://30hf.worldvision.org/site/TR/30HourFamine/30HourFamine?px=1466796&pg=personal&fr_id=2540.

God bless you all!

In God’s grip,
Alex

The Philippines Part 2: A Request for Prayer

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While we were in The Philippines, we met an amazing child. His name was Arvin. Arvin wasn’t part of the orphanage program, he was just a kid who we met while playing basketball on the street. A few of us had been hanging out with him and when it was time to go he started crying hysterically. A few of us asked what was wrong and someone told us that he had an abusive mom. It really broke our hearts for this little boy because there wasn’t anything we could really do for him. The legal system in the Philippines isn’t like what it is in the US so we knew that he would most likely not be taken from his mom because of child abuse. Arvin is a child of God, a child that God loves so much. God’s word says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13 & 14). God knows Arvin, before he was even born and He loves him, more than he could ever imagine. God loves Arvin even when his mom chooses not too. The Bible also says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). God has a plan for this amazing boy. Whether it be that his mom sees that what she is doing is wrong or whether he is taken away by another family member. Or some other possibility. Only God knows. But I ask you to pray for Arvin that he would be shown God’s love and that God does great things in his life.

In God’s grip,
Alex

The Beauty of Child Sponsorship.

World hunger has become a very big problem. Especially for children. Not only does hunger affect a child’s stomach and nourishment, it effects many other things as well. Without good nutrition: a child’s growth will be stunted. His intellectual and motor skills will be impaired. His malnourished body will become more vulnerable to disease. Most likely, he won’t have energy to go to school. If he survives to adulthood, his economic prospects will be bleak. Hunger is most definitely more than a stomach issue.

More people are going hungry everyday. Approximately 925 million people are going hungry world wide. This is effecting children more that anything else. Because children are still growing, their bodies are more prone to disease and infection. The fact that 1 in 4 children do not receive the nutrition they need, these children are more vulnerable. Approximately children are underweight and at risk of dying, simply because they can’t get the nutrition that they need. A child dies from huger-related causes about every 15 seconds. More than one-third of all child deaths are hunger related and is one of the leading child killers in the world. Nearly 5 million children die every year because of hunger and hunger-related causes.

Hunger perpetuates the vicious cycle of hunger: As I stated earlier, a hungry child is less likely to stay in school. But education is crucial to long-term food security. A farmer with four years of elementary education is almost 9 percent more productive than a farmer with no education at all. This just shows how important an education can be. Also, hungry families are unable to invest in their own future. How is it that we can break this vicious cycle?

Organizations such as World Vision are helping to end this vicious cycle. They have a sponsorship program where you can donate $35 USD a month to help a hungry child anywhere in the world. I am currently sponsoring a little boy, two years old, named Mithsen Odalabert. Mithsen lives in an HIV/AIDS infected part of Haiti. Thankfully Mithsen has been tested and is HIV negative.

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Through this donation of $35, World Vision, as well as you, help provide food for the child. Not only that, but it also helps provide for a good education. It pays for things like school fees, supplies, and other things. It provides medical care and the funds for medicine The donation also helps provide families with very valuable information on how to sustain a crop, as well as farming. World Vision is helping to end this vicious cycle of poverty and hunger. They are helping to build a better future for future generations. World Vision isn’t just doing charity work, they are serving justice for those who can’t fight for it themselves.

The Bible talks a lot about helping the poor. Psalm 140:12 says, “I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy”. Isaiah 25:4 says, “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress…”. Isaiah 41:17, “The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.”. Luke 6:20-21, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied…”. And James 2:5, “Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love Him?”. It is clear that God cares very greatly for the poor. And by helping to end this social injustice, we are doing what God commands us to do.

You can be a part of this amazing organization by sponsoring a child today. For more info on sponsoring a child go to http://www.worldvision.org. Then click on the “Sponsor a Child” tab and follow the instructions.

All my facts were from http://www.worldvision.org.

In God’s grip,

Alex