In an effort to keep you from becoming emotionally disconnected

This video, featured on, is the most effective video I have seen yet on the global food crisis, in terms of showing the awful reality of poverty.

As I learn more about this crisis, I am increasingly convinced that THIS – the global food crisis – is our opportunity to live out Proverbs 3:27-28.

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow” — when you now have it with you. (NIV)

Although Compassion does not currently work in Mauritania, we do work in 24 other countries where you can make a difference.

What will you do?

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  1. Jun 18, 2008
    at 10:59 am

    That was difficult to watch and even more difficult to not watch now that it is over.

  2. Jun 18, 2008
    at 11:30 am

    I’d like to answer your question! I’m taking the profits I make from my Mary Kay skin care classes/makeover parties and donating them to the Global Food Crisis Fund this summer.(I’m a Mary Kay Consultant) Through my customer’s purchases and donations, I’ve managed to raise $242.50 so far. My goal is to raise $1000 by September 15th.

    Also, blogging about the effects of the crisis helps put the reality in front of people so those stories dont get lost in the news… I’ve blogged about the article I found on CNN. Here’s a link to it.

    We can all do SOMETHING!

  3. Jun 18, 2008
    at 11:41 am

    Thanks for passing along this video. Emotionally disconnected is exactly where I was… God used this video (and a few other divine moments this week) to soften my heart again.

  4. Jun 18, 2008
    at 1:16 pm

    “Emotionally disconnected” is a good phrase. I recently heard the word “philantropassion” and think that adequately describes what you do here at Compassion, Int’l!


  5. Allan
    Jun 18, 2008
    at 1:18 pm

    I just returned from 14 days in Ethiopia out near the border with Sudan. I saw first hand what the global food prices are doing to normal people who live on the same income they have for years, but are now paying much greater prices. I visited an orphanage where the kids are eating so little each day that starvation is always a threat if prices go up even a fraction.
    Not to be harsh, but here in America we don’t even understand this type of living. We do feel the pinch of rising costs for fuel and food, but we have the option to cut out that daily Starbucks or not to go to a movie. Out in the area I was, the people work all day and the only thing they have to cut out of their lives when prices rise is the food they eat.
    While there, we were able to help out over 10 families by giving them basic food stuffs (grain, oil, sugar) that will last them for months and only cost us the equivalent of a few US priced meals.
    I was convicted by seeing the face of poverty that I have a responsibility to help as much as I can.

  6. Jun 18, 2008
    at 4:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing the film with us — a very sobering reality.

  7. Jun 18, 2008
    at 4:47 pm

    We forget how truly, abundantly blessed we are. I couldn’t imagine living like that, and it’s hard to think about all of those who do…

  8. Amanda
    Jun 18, 2008
    at 10:39 pm

    Yes, the video was very difficult to watch. I wish I could just reach out and fix it…but I can’t. It makes me feel so helpless to see such suffering and be so limited in my ability to help. But I know that I am so blessed in comparison to the poor. So I must do what I can…even if it seems small in comparison to the enormity of the problem. And there is strength in numbers…by working together we can help feed more of the hungry, heal more of the sick, and touch more people for God.

    Here is a utube video that has really touched my heart. I have a hard time watching it without crocodile tears streaming down my cheeks. Get out the tissue before waching. Be sure to have the volume turned on. It is also very sobering.

  9. Jun 19, 2008
    at 6:08 am

    Thanks for the video. It’s so hard to maintain a global perspective when we live in a land of plenty – I think we all need the foundations of our soul to be shaken from time to time, to help us maintain the right perspectives.

  10. Jun 23, 2008
    at 2:11 am

    Thanks for sharing the video with us. We should know that such circumstances are what bring forth drug use to escape reality. Let us all try and stop this by helping our fellow man.
    Diana King

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