The day after the attacks in Paris I attended a previously scheduled meeting. Some friends and I are working on bringing a FMSC (Feed My Starving Children) Mobile Pack to the OPRF area. I’ll tell you more about that later but first I want to share with you two things said at the meeting that left a profound and lasting impression on me. The first of which was one of the people in our group said, “We can’t change the things that happened in Paris. It’s tragic but we can’t change it. What we can do is use our lives to help others and be a source of good in the world.”
The second was a conversation I had with the liaison from FMSC as our meeting was winding down. I mentioned how fortunate we are and how easy it is to forget about human sufferings and injustices around the world when we have such comfortable lives. Then he shared that he was a missionary in post genocide Rwanda.
Let that sink in.
Post genocide Rwanda.
He told a story about the time he helped distribute drinking water to a village. There was a woman with a child clinging to her back fighting her way to the front of the group in absolute desperation – for drinking water.
How’s that for perspective?
As I started to tell you earlier the reason we met this past Saturday was to organize a FMSC Community MobilePack in the OPRF area. We need to raise $25,000. The crazy/amazing thing is for that amount we will be able to fund 100,000 meals for starving children around the world. Did you know that 6,200 children die every day of starvation? That is unacceptable. I don’t know about you but I am tired of all the suffering and injustice in our world.
Here is more info about FMSC:
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian-based feeding program that targets the neediest of God’s children – children in danger of dying from starvation and malnutrition in over 70 countries around the world. Since 1994, FMSC has provided over one billion meals, including 229 million in 2014 alone. 92% of the funds raised by FMSC are spent directly on feeding and 99.6% of the food reaches its intended destination. Meals cost 22 cents each and $80 feeds a child for a year.
Here’s what you can do:
If you are reading this and you haven’t already done so please click on this link and “Like” our Facebook page (that won’t cost you anything except 5 seconds of your time – max). If you are so moved to donate (Thank You!) please click here. We also need prayers – for the food, the children, the donations, the volunteers and for the things I’m forgetting to mention.
If you are in the OPRF area and would like to volunteer to help pack meals (it’s really fun!) volunteer sign-up starts in mid-January. If you aren’t in the area you can click on the FMSC link at the very top of this post to learn more about bringing a MobilePack to your area.
Ultimately we would like the FMSC Community MobilePack in OPRF to be an annual event. Also, if you are thinking, “I’m not a Christian.” So what?! We still need your help and so do those kids.
As always, thanks for reading and have a Joyful Day!