Meat Loaf

Well, I am back in the office and it is SO much easier to type on a keyboard than an iPhone touch screen.

Tonight our church held a Fellowship Dinner. We had meat loaf, red skin potatoes, green beans, and biscuits. There were deserts, ice cream, coffee, tea, and ice-cold water to drink. We sat in comfortable chairs around sturdy tables with red table cloths. Each table has a candle in a hurricane globe surrounded by greenery and flowers. The floor has carpet that has just been cleaned. The room was comfortable, safe, and clean. There were many nice persons in attendance, some regulars and some that haven’t been in a while. And everybody contributed financially to pay for the meal — $5.00 each.

Actually we have a fellowship dinner EVERY Wednesday night from right after Labor Day through Memorial Day week. You can count on it. There is always good food, drink, and the room is always seasonally decorated.

What a blessing. What a privilege. What a wonderful thing. Especially if you consider:

• There are more than a billion hungry people in our world today.

• One of seven people in the developing world suffers from hunger.

• 400 million are starving children.

• Undernutrition is associated with more than half of all childhood deaths.

These persons do not know where their next meal will come from. They have no guarantee that a meal is even coming. And if they do get something to eat it is often in an unclean environment, from a questionable source and is more often than not, inadequate for their needs.

I mean -- Do I look under fed?

I sit in my fellowship hall, eat my meal and wonder what it would be like to actually go hungry. I even joked with a member that offers me a space near the front of the line: “Do I look like I have ever been hungry?” And the reality is; I have never really been hungry. I have wanted to eat. I have felt an empty stomach. I have craved specific foods. But it was not from hunger. It was never truly a necessity for my survival.

I eat more in one day than most persons eat for several days. I have more food in my pantry that some persons have access to in a week. And I wonder about the justice of it all. I wonder how it is that I have been blessed to be born in this amazing country. How is it I got to have parents that could and would provide for my material needs — and my other needs as well. How is it I am blessed to be able to provide for MY children’s needs — and many of their wants?

One thing I am sure of: with great blessing comes great responsibility. To whom much is given, much will be required.

Do I need all of the comforts of life I have surrounded myself with? Because I can, do I need to eat the oversized portions I am served? Or could I use that carry-out container and turn this oversized meal into 2 properly sized meals? Can I choose to use my resources differently so that others might have their needs met?

God doesn’t require us to live without comfort, or possessions, or pleasure. God DOES expect us to see after those in our sphere of influence; using our resources so that their needs get met. God has provided enough food for everyone in the world. In fact:

• There is enough food in the world to feed everyone 4.3 pounds of food every day.

• The world has produced enough food to feed itself since the 1960s.

• Farmers produce 25 percent more calories per person than they did 30 years ago.

So there IS a solution. There IS an answer. There IS a way to help. There IS hope. There IS a way.

And I have been told: “Where there is a will there is a way.” So there is a way — is there a will? Will YOU chose to help? Will you share the resources you have been blessed with? Will you choose to consume less that others will have something to consume? Will you help me help others and make a difference in the world?

I am planning to live off of the food Stop Hunger Now provides those starving in the world. This will be a diet of a little over 1,200 calories per day. The meals I will eat costs $1.50 per day. If you will provide my food for 40 days — the season of Lent — that gift is only $60. And that $60 will provide 240 meals for children around the world. Together we can make a difference. We can feed a child and give that child another day of life. We can change their future — for only 25 cents a meal.

If you would be willing to sponsor me in my efforts, please send your gift payable to: Stop Hunger Now, c/o Senoia UMC, Post Office Box 98, Senoia, GA 30276. Every quarter helps a child live another day. Will you help?

And that $5.00 we paid for our meal tonight? It is enough to purchase 20 meals to feed starving children.

I’m just saying…………

Until the next time…..The Hog Father


 

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1 Comment

  1. Hello, Nathaniel. This is Arlene Brown from Stop Hunger Now meeting few weeks ago 🙂 it was nice meeting you INDEED !
    Emailed you but it came back to me.
    Please contact me at arlene@YourRetirementMatters.net Thanks.

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