Oct 16 2008

Please

Today probably seems like a normal mid-week day. A lot like the other workdays, school days . . . everything happening too quickly kind of days. But today is also World Food Day as recognized by UNICEF. And today more than 300 million children will go to bed hungry.

Under the burden of the global food crisis, the hungry are more hungry, poverty is more overwhelming. The need for food is more desperate, and the word falling from every hungry mouth, I imagine, is, “Please.”

This is no small please; this is a worldwide please for over $16 million, submitted by our country offices asking for support to feed the children.

Are you overwhelmed? Can you feel defeat slipping in ready to steal your passion to do something? It’s okay, I do too. I feel it too, so much so that I have labored over this issue for quite sometime now, thinking “I am 24 years old, paying my own bills, trying to figure out what this adult stuff is all about. Let me see, *calculating*. . . What? This is what I have leftover to give? That simply will not do. Not in the light of $16 million dollars.”

But I’m not alone. We’re not alone. I can hear a mighty army commanded by the Lord and appointed to bring forth justice, passionate about feeding the hungry, comforting the oppressed. And so there is Please. Compassion’s site dedicated solely to the Global Food Initiative. Members of the army include Rebecca St. James, Bebo Norman, KJ-52….me, you.

Can you hear it now? The marching of the faithful being driven by the heartbeat of the Lord.

Remember when we gathered in prayer and fasting concerning the global food crisis? I remember. I was still pretty new to Compassion, not yet a fulltime employee and I recall feeling so empowered by this organization to do something. Even if I didn’t have money, I had prayer. I have a voice that surpasses all this world claims as important and goes directly into the high courts of the all-powerful God.

Well here is another opportunity:

  1. Watch the videos on our site.
  2. Get your markers, the watercolors, the crayons, even the finger-paint.
  3. Write the word “please” on your hand.
  4. Take a picture
  5. Upload it to our Flickr site

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Also, in case you were wondering, I am a social network fanatic! Facebook, Myspace, Blogspot, Flickr . . . love it! (But don’t judge me). And I love that I can use these channels to let my friends know what I care about. Grab a widget from our site concerning the global food initiative and add it to your social network. Let your friends and family see what you are passionate about.

Let’s join together and watch what the Lord has in store. Let’s become part of an army that can’t lose.

We won’t quit. We’re committed. Strengthened by the love of the Lord and motivated by something hunger and the lies of poverty can’t surpass. And maybe, just maybe, we will start to hear a lot less “pleases.” Maybe we will begin to hear a choir compiled of His little ones exclaiming “Thank you.

That’s what I want to hear.

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  1. Oct 16, 2008
    at 2:14 pm

    Hi!

    I’m participating in a 24 Read a thon this weekend and raising money for the Compassion’s Global Food crisis fund.

    You can read about it here and if anyone wants to sponsor..Please do. ;)

    http://thefriendlybooknook.com/2008/10/13/reading-for-compassion-internationals-global-food-crisis-fund/

  2. Oct 16, 2008
    at 3:28 pm

    Thank you for the great post Brianne! I typically end up blogging more about the Global Food Crisis more than any of the ways to be involved in Compassion. Not necessarily on purpose-just happens that way.

    We took pictures this afternoon and I’ve posted a blog about your post with our pictures.

    http://allinhisdesign.blogspot.com/2008/10/please.html

  3. Oct 16, 2008
    at 3:39 pm

    Abbie,

    Your photos are fantastic!

  4. Brianne Mullins
    Oct 16, 2008
    at 4:51 pm

    Abbie,
    I read your blog, it is so wonderful! Those pictures took my breath away. I am so encouraged by your heart for the Lord’s children!

  5. Oct 16, 2008
    at 6:58 pm

    Daily I am inspired, challenged, and humbled by what I read on this blog. Thank you again for another excellent post.

    I have added my own two cents on my blog and a photo of my daughter extending her hands saying “Please”.

  6. Oct 16, 2008
    at 8:40 pm

    Thank you everyone for the compliments. When I look at her helping me with this, I think of how it’s my responsibility to teach her that poverty exists and that we are commanded to help, but more than that-that we help them because we love them.

    These hands-although small now-will be the hands that will help other children and their families.

    I continue to pray that our little ones will understand and make a stand more than what we do.

  7. Oct 17, 2008
    at 8:08 am

    Did another post about the Global Food Crisis on my blog, last night, inspired by this post. Now, I’m going to add a quick one with the link to the Read-a-Thon blog post. Thanks!

  8. Ada Vidal Bueno
    Oct 19, 2008
    at 4:13 am

    Thanks for your blog, it seems it’s inspiring a lot of people. I think it’s very important to think how fortunate we are everytime we eat and it’s also very good to think about how many people actually made it possible for us to have a plate on the table. By thinking this way, we apreciate more what we have and we are more aware of how we are all interconnected based on that truth we make better decisions cause we take into account how our acts are going to affect other beings, even animals!!! I think it’s the lack of this mind that creates this situation of poverty in the world

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