Pretend your family made combined income of 75,000 a year.
Now pretend that essential groceries (wheat, rice, etc) to feed your family cost 60,000. We're not talking Big Mac's here. We're talking barely enough to sustain the body.
Now pretend that food costs are going to double.
What do you do?
I can't answer that question. I don't know what I'd do. We wouldn't have a house, a car, the clothes we have, the shoes, we wouldn't be homeschooling, we certainly wouldn't have a computer, we wouldn't have pets, or vacations. How could we possibly live on 15,000 a year after those food costs?
Compassion International is raising awareness for the Global Food Crisis and I'm trying to do my part. I sponsor a lovely girl Zane's age from Peru who we correspond with regularly. We pray for her family and in her letters she always tells us how she prays for us.
Let me say something here for people like me. Compassion International is not like those commercials of the children with big eyes and distended bellies with flies and sewage everywhere. I'm telling you those infomercials have almost ruined me from wanting to participate in any program. I learned of Compassion at a Jeremy Camp concert. During a break, a very high class, low guilt video was shown and packages were distributed to the audience. We were asked to pray about sponsoring a child. I looked at our package and saw our little girl and the first thing I noticed was that her birthday was five months before Zane. We decided it was the right thing to do and have been her sponsors since this past December.
Since then, I've learned a friend who runs in the same writing circles as I do, Brandon Satrom ( aka The Satch) works for Compassion. Bloggers all over the internet are writing articles to bring attention to Compassion's Day of Fasting and Prayer tomorrow.
Here are a few things you can do:
- Join Compassion's Day of Fasting and Prayer on June 25, 2008. (Remember, this doesn't have to be fasting from food. I think this is a good article on fasting.)
- Donate to Compassion's Global Food Crisis Fund ($13 feeds a child for a month--a month. Forget the pizza, eat leftovers, and donate the 13 bucks.) And not only does Compassion help feed people, they also help with seeds and agricultural tools to help families with food and income.
- Take up a special offering at church or within your Bible study group and donate to the fund.