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This week we are learning about God’s hand of blessing and provision. When you take an inventory, we have a lot to be thankful for, don’t we?

What are we to do with all of these provisions? Isaiah 58 answers that question:

Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? 
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
 Is that what you call a fast,
 a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice
 and untie the cords of the yoke,
 to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

Is it not to share your food with the hungry
 and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
 and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

God wants us to loose the chains of injustice.

God wants us to set the oppressed free.

God wants us to share food with the hungry.

God wants us to provide the wanderer with shelter and clothes.

Big marching orders for the church as Matthew 25:35-40 reinforces:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

It seems like a daunting task because there is so much need in the world.

However, if all we do our part by partnering with God to help “the least of these; ”—we can at least help “some of these.”

So, in the next few weeks, we will bring awareness to some of the needs in this world. Please take some time, pray for the individuals who are in need, and then jump in to be Jesus’ feet and hands in this world.

This week’s focus will be hunger.

The Need

  • 1 billion people worldwide live in chronic hunger. That’s equivalent to the populations of North America and Europe combined.
  • Hunger and malnutrition is the number one risk to health worldwide—greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
  • 129 million children under 5 years old in the developing world are underweight–nearly 1 in 4.
  • Ten percent of children in the developing world are severely underweight.
  • 1 in 6 people are malnourished.

Poor nutrition plays a role in 3.8 million child deaths each year.

What we can do immediately:

Meals from the Heartland (http://mealsfromtheheartland.org)

Sign up to be on a two-hour team:

Gloria Dei is organizing teams to help package food August 27-30. Our goal is to provide 120 volunteers. So sign up individually or as a group at the display in the Narthex and Family Life Center.

If you are reading this blog, and do not attend our church, no problem; we would love for you to join one of our teams. Contact our church office at office@gloriadeionline.com or sign up at http://mealsfromtheheartland.org.

Support financially:

Give by placing a financial donation in the offering plate (write Meals from the Heartland in the memo line) or by giving online at http://www.gloriadeionline.com.

Since MFTH only purchases ingredients based on available cash funds, cash donations are needed. One meal costs only 20 cents, so a gift of $20 will provide meals for 100 children or a gift of $50 will provide meals for 250 children.

Resources to help educate and mobilize the Church:

http://www.live58.org

http://www.blessmanministries.org

http://www.worldvision.org

http://www.compassion.com

http://www.samaritanspurse.org

http://eventsforchange.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/the-starfish-story-one-step-towards-changing-the-world/

If you have any other resources, please share and then get involved somewhere for someone!

 

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