June 25 is a day of fasting and prayer at Compassion. We’re fasting and praying for the children we sponsor, for their families and for our local staff and church partners in the developing world. We’re fasting and praying because the global food crisis is devastating many of their lives.


Day of fasting and prayer

The price for rice, beans, corn and other food staples throughout the world has risen exponentially in recent months, creating extreme hardship and suffering for families living on $1 or $2 a day.

Imagine if you had to spend 80 percent of what you earned on groceries. Can you imagine that?

I can’t. And even though I’ve traveled to Rwanda, Kenya and China and seen extreme poverty, I still have a hard time picturing a life where I would live on $2 a day.

80 percent of my income on groceries? If I was in that boat, I’d be selling it. And if I’m in that situation, I can’t afford … I can’t afford anything.

The global food crisis is affecting everyone in some way. But how it affects me is totally different than how it affects my sponsored child, Lerionga. It’s much more intimate for him.

I’m sure you’re well aware of the record high price of gas in the U.S. and the ridiculous price tag for a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread. I’m usually oblivious to grocery prices, but $4.50 for a loaf of bread that used to be $2.50 got my attention.

My loaf of bread is more than two days salary for many families.

Have you noticed this?

I’m feeling the pinch of the global food crisis, but for the billions of people in extreme poverty my pinch is a bear hug crushing the life out of them. There is no margin.

So in addition to what you’ve already done and the caring and generosity you’ve displayed already, we’re asking for more.

Join us for this day of fasting and prayer.

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Join Compassion’s Day of Prayer and Fasting on June 25, 2008. This is the day we will honor the victims of the global food crisis and pray for them.

What is the global food crisis?

The World Food Programme calls the global food crisis a phenomenon, a “silent tsunami,” that is affecting families in every nation on every continent. Food prices for popular menu items like rice, wheat and beans have doubled in the last year.

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  1. Jun 17, 2008
    at 11:34 am

    And let’s all donate what we would have spent to feed our families on June 25 to the Global Food Crisis Fund.

  2. Riley Thayer
    Jun 17, 2008
    at 11:49 am

    I’m totally up for fasting. These lives need prayer. With all of us together it will be loud and strong. I’m committed.

  3. Brittany
    Jun 17, 2008
    at 11:51 am

    how do you fast im 17 want to do it… but dont know how….

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  5. Jun 17, 2008
    at 12:18 pm

    @Brittany, I think everyone would agree with me that you should talk to your pastor about how to fast. He or she will be able to give you a good idea of what might work for you.

  6. Jun 17, 2008
    at 1:58 pm

    Brittany,
    That’s a great question. I think it’s awesome that you want to participate. Along with Shawn’s advice, I would also have a conversation with your parents or guardian. It would be good for them to know and maybe they will participate with you. I found a few sites that can help get you started:

    spiritual advice on fasting:
    http://www.lynnebaab.com/articlerelevant.htm

    It’s also important to consider the medical impact of fasting. You can learn more here: http://www.webmd.com/diet/fasting

  7. Jun 17, 2008
    at 2:14 pm

    count me in

  8. Molly
    Jun 17, 2008
    at 4:36 pm

    I’ll do it!

  9. Amy
    Jun 17, 2008
    at 6:39 pm

    I’m in as well.

  10. Jun 17, 2008
    at 7:08 pm

    I’d love to chime in with a quick and easy, “Me too!” But I’ve never fasted before, so this would be a big step for me.

    Of course, there’s never been a better time. And this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. Just waiting for God to open the door in His time.

    I’m going to pray about it. Either way, I’ll put the widget on my blog via Shaun.

  11. Jun 17, 2008
    at 7:40 pm

    I’m in.

  12. Jun 17, 2008
    at 9:44 pm

    I’m in too.

    I have a question. How much will the recent floods in Iowa affect this?

    I also heard that next year the corn fields won’t be used for alternative energy like this year. Is that true?

    Kees

  13. Jun 18, 2008
    at 3:28 am

    I am with you.

  14. Esther
    Jun 18, 2008
    at 6:03 am

    Definitely!I`ll participate!

  15. skye
    Jun 18, 2008
    at 6:57 am

    count me in!

  16. [...] is doing something about it.  On June 25th they are holding “A Day of Fasting and Prayer” to raise awareness for those suffering, and to raise funds to provide food for them.   [...]

  17. Jun 18, 2008
    at 10:30 am

    Since I’m pregnant, I can’t fast, but I can still pray!

  18. [...] a financial contribution.  Maybe you can sponsor a child through Compassion.  Maybe you can fast and pray on June 25.  Maybe you can do SOMETHING.  I [...]

  19. Jun 18, 2008
    at 7:11 pm

    This is the perfect opportunity for each and every one of us — no matter what our station in life, our economic class, or the size of our bank accounts — to do something about world poverty. If you can give, please give. If you can’t give, there is always something you can do. We can all pray, and we can all fast.

  20. Shawn R
    Jun 19, 2008
    at 10:23 am

    Count me in! As an advocate, I am sharing this with all of the sponsors I know and making as many people aware of this as possible. I have also shared this with my Pastor and other church staff. Thank you Chris for sharing this information so that we may in turn share it with others.

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  22. Jun 24, 2008
    at 7:35 pm

    Kelly, thank you so much for being transparent! I hadn’t found the courage or the nerve to admit that I was hesitating about signing up. I did blog about this call to fasting and prayer, tomorrow, but I still haven’t signed up, because I don’t want to commit to something I might not be able to fulfill.

    Also, I followed the link provided by Russ for spiritual guidance re: fasting. I’m familiar with the variations people utilize in fasting, and I could stand to fast from, say, spending time on the Internet. But it seems to me that this particular fast would be more meaningful if it involved food–or some lack thereof–given what we’re praying about.

    So…I’ll focus on thinking about some food I could fast from, tomorrow, and seek God’s guidance.

  23. [...] can help these families in need. Consider donating to the Global Food Crisis Fund, joining in the day of fasting and prayer on June 25th (that’s tomorrow), and/or sponsoring a child. You can make a [...]

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