There are cookies to bake, presents to wrap, parties to attend, and oh my haven’t finished my shopping yet……aren’t these things the MOST important parts of Christmas?
Are you one who thoroughly enjoys shopping like a mad woman? Well, I just had an experience today that beat-out any shopping trip I have EVER taken!
I got to come along and enjoy a 4-H outing with 3 of my kiddos. We were going to a place called Feed My Starving Children. Yes, I had heard of them before, though never went there. I new they were doin something good and was pretty much expecting something with a yeah I know it’s good and all attitude.
As usual God had somethin else in store for me! I was blown away…….this place is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
Then we were given a short, but informative video on what this all is about, and then……on to the packing!
We put 4 things into ONE bag. Rice, Soy, chicken(which is really vitamins and minerals), and dehydrated vegetables. This amazing formula, and it is scientifically formulated, CAN not only change a life….it can save it. How many of you today opened your kitchen cupboards and found a baggy that consisted of 4 main food items?
Our group got to experience bagging and boxing the food, competition(we were neck in neck with a group of old ladies), and REAL TEAMWORK. The success of all of this depended on our effort as a unified connection. As if there weren’t enough lessons in that, of course we all had to clean every last bit of our station up.
Feed My Starving Children IS a Christian organization and what better to do after you have packed all this food? Go….go and pray over it!
So, you might be saying that is great and all but really are ya having an impact?
Here is what we were able to accomplish in just 2 short hours.
68 volunteers, packed 71 boxes, which provides 15,336 meals, at a cost of $3,680.64(from donations), which will feed a total of 42 kids.…FOR A YEAR!
Think you can feed a family of 4 on $3,700 for a year? NOT even close, now feed a family of 42 on that!
I know there are some of you who will say we have people starving right here in America why don’t you look at home before you go helping somewhere else! Ok, I hear ya, but like my favorite old Pastor Dr. Kolb used to say, even on your worst day you are better off than 98% of the rest of the world. I better save this one for another blog cause it hits a lot of hot buttons for me. In short, have you seen how much food is in a grocery store? Even the poorest of poor have public aid and food banks to turn to. Do you really believe ANYONE here in the US has ever experienced the kind of starvation that sooooo many countries in South America, Africa, and the Middle East have?
Here is a link that shows the countries FMSC has fed in 2011...look whose on there! http://www.fmsc.org/page.aspx?pid=260
Needless to say I went into with this relaxed attitude and came out with the wheels just cranking in my head. So many thoughts swirling like a whirlwind. Don’t know what God has planned for me, but I KNOW that there NEEDS to be A LOT more FMSC facilities ALL OVER the USA! We have 50 states right? There are ONLY 2 states, Michigan and Illinois, that have a FMSC facility! ONLY 48 more to go! That’s not an ambitious goal is it?
Can’t get to IL or MI, I CANNOT urge you enough to at least check out their web-site and see where the Lord leads YOU!
Help to feed those who NEED food and God will feed the spirit of those who are starving!