Thursday, December 16, 2010

"We just don't have the money"

"I want to get involved. I want to sponsor a child, but we just don't have the money right now."

I can't tell you how many times I have heard this response as we try to find sponsors for the children at Tullo, and believe me, I can empathize with this thought process!

I understand the effects of the economy. Plus, it is Christmas time, and there are all the expenses that accompany that. I know that money is tight for everyone, and it is difficult to imagine sending off money to "the unknown" when we hardly have enough to pay the bills, right?

Well, I have an idea! A solution of sorts...

What if we each commit to "fast" for one day a month; then, we take the money we save by not buying groceries or dinning out for that day, and we sponsor a child with that money. (An alternative to fasting for a day: if a full 24 hours is just unimaginable, you could just commit to skip 3 meals in a month...that is less than one meal a week.)

I know it is difficult to imagine going 24 hours without food and enduring that hunger seems almost unbearable to us, but let's try to put it in perspective: there are millions of people that enduring that hunger EVERY day!

13,000 children die every day to starvation!

As we struggle with the pangs of hunger during that one day a month, let us go to our knees in prayer.

*Let us pray diligently and compassionately for all the people that are starving throughout the world.

*Let us thank God for blessing us so abundantly with all we have.

*Let us ask God to reveal to us how we are to utilize His blessings for His glory.

*Let us pray for eyes and hearts of others to be opened and globally aware of the needs of others.

*Let us pray for the conviction of others to act as God commands us to so that together we can make a difference.

*And, let us ask for forgiveness for our own egocentrism and selfishness that we have not done more to share our blessings with those in need.

Think about what a difference we could make if we all fasted just one day and utilized that money to glorify God by taking care of His children and those in need.

"...and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." (Isaiah 58:10)

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