When’s The Last Time You Actually Felt Hunger?

It’s pretty simple.  You get hungry, you raid the fridge.  Or, drive up to McDonalds or run in a Subway if you are into a quick fix.  Of course you can go all out and fix a nutritional meal if you are so inclined or even go for a sit down lunch or dinner.  Yep, it’s pretty simple…unless you live in Adet, Ethiopia or some other impoverished country in which case your only option may just be to stay hungry.

It’s something most of us have no clue about.  I mean, there have only been a few times I can remember really being hungry and not eating right away.  Once was in Vacation Bible School when I was a kid.  I had forgotten to eat breakfast and got hungry right about the time I got there.  As luck would have it, the lesson was on the “Five Loaves and Two Fishes’ that fed the multitudes.  The little snack of milk and cookies didn’t make a dent in my starvation.  My tummy grumbled and complained all the way through until finally, class was over.  I talked my mother into stopping by Whataburger and the suffering was over.

Hum…that is pretty pathetic.  What if I had gone all day without eating or for several days or a week?  I can honestly say that I have no earthly idea what it feels like to really be hungry.

There are those, though, who have no idea what it feels like to NOT be hungry.  It is a way of life.  And worse than being hungry themselves is watching their loved ones go hungry.  It must break a mother’s heart to watch her children starve.

That is where World Vision steps in.  The organization is on a mission to stomp out world hunger.  It’s quite a feat and it can’t be done overnight but they are making great and wonderful strides and are making a difference, one mouth at a time.

The organization helps in other areas too such as working to provide drinkable water.  Again, I don’t know what it’s like to be thirsty and not have something to drink.  I cannot imagine not having some form of water that I could safely drink.  Do you?

Numbers don’t lie.  World Vision is a Christian humanitarian group that is currently providing help to 1,650 communities in close to 100 countries. This year alone, it has given aid to 11 million disaster survivors in need.  How do they do it?  Through sponsorship and donations and fund raising events.

There are concerts and events that help boost funds for this charity.  When you attend one of these, you not only get to enjoy the entertainment, you can feel good about helping the less fortunate as well.

Out of site out of mind.  That is a good philosophy for hiding your cigarettes or trying to get over a bad relationship but it doesn’t work when it comes to those in need.  They will still be there, hoping and praying that help will arrive…in time.  I hope that you will join me in helping to make sure that it does.