[CF Devotionals] 2019-06-11 Hunger

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Throughout the years, Richard and I have supported hunger relief organizations, and in recent months, God has pressed on my heart the plight of hungry people, some of whom are in our own area. We don’t live in a poverty-stricken area; we live in an area where many are employed or retired in a myriad of professions, including education, law enforcement, aviation, farming, armed services and more. Yet no matter where any of us live, there are always going to be people who are going to bed hungry. They are sometimes people that we see regularly. When we read God’s word, there is no doubt that we have responsibility to help them. In fact, hunger was addressed in the law given to Moses, as recorded in the Bible Book of Leviticus 9.

There is also a general principle of considering other people’s problems, and how we can assist them for their own good.

Philippians 2:4 (NASB) Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

I would like to provide you with some background facts, and I ask that you prayerfully read them and consider what your own role is, in helping those who are hungry. There are a myriad of ways we can help. These include prayer, helping someone find a job, giving food to a food pantry - especially at other times than holidays, giving gift cards to grocery stores, leaving money for these groups in our wills, or and giving money, now, to an organization that feeds the hungry. Just a reminder about that: Often, the varying denominational agencies (Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian etc.) are the ones that give 100% to direct aid instead of using donations for administrative expenses.

FAQ About Hunger in America

  1. What percent of Americans do not have enough food? 12.5 percent
  2. How many children go to bed hungry in the US? One out of six children are estimated to not get adequate food each day. Thank God for school free lunch programs and Summer feeding programs!
  3. Are the hungry mostly people living alone? No, in fact, 83% live with families.
  4. Are the majority elderly? No, only 18% of hungry Americans are elderly. (This one surprised me.)
  5. Are most hungry people homeless? Actually, only eight percent are homeless; many are living behind the doors of a home, and ironically thus less visible to those who might want to help.
  6. Do the hungry usually make food a priority in their budgets? Among food bank clients, 2/3 faced a choice of whether to pay for medical attention versus food for their families.

I compiled the above FAQ info based on facts from the group Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and join me in praying (1) for those who are hungry and (2) asking God how we can personally help.

Just like with a life jacket, all we have to do is claim the gift and use it.

[email jan] Janice P. Moser


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