We live in a land of plenty. Despite recent economic events, most of us still have a place to live, a car to drive, and food to eat. And that’s just the beginning. We’ve got computers and cell phones, back yards and barbecues, closets near capacity, and store after store ready to sell us more. That changes our perspective.
Surrounded by abundance, housing becomes a matter of status, not shelter. Clothes are deemed unusable because of style, not wear. Water flows freely in long hot showers or summer slip-n-slides. Food becomes entertainment, consumed as a backdrop to social gatherings. But there are many places in our world where morsels of food and sips of water are a matter of life or death. Between 350 - 400 million people, that's 1 in 7 worldwide, do not have food to sustain them. Every day, hunger claims the lives of at least 16,000 children.
Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit, Christian relief organization, has worked with scientists to develop a meal that will both save lives and improve long-term health, growth and physical well-being.
It’s a food mixture that consists of:
1. Rice, the most widely accepted grain around the world.
2. Extruded soy nuggets, providing maximum protein at lowest cost.
3. Vitamins, minerals and a nutritionally-enriched vegetarian chicken flavoring
4. Dehydrated vegetables for flavor and nutrition.
Packaged in small pouches — each of which provides six highly nutritious meals—this easy-to-prepare food blend has won rave reviews all over the world.
On March 15-17, 2013, South Ridge Community Church, in partnership with Feed My Starving Children, (www.fmsc.org) will mobilize 2200 volunteers in 8 shifts (two hours each) over 3 days to pack 500,000 of these vacuum-sealed meals for starving children in impoverished countries. This is an opportunity for you to join with others in bringing relief from starvation and hope to hopeless circumstances.
During your two hour shift you will:
· Receive education about the hunger needs of our world
· Receive training for the packing process
· Work with a team to put dry meal ingredients in bags then seal, label, and pack them
· Celebrate the thousands of meals you helped pack
How many times have you seen brokenness and atrocities in the news and thought to yourself, “If only something could be done”. Something can be done! Will you share your abundance with those who have so little? Would you take two hours of your life to help save the lives of many?