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June 05, 2009

Feed the Forgotten: 57,000 meals and counting

Our Feed the Forgotten project passed the $8,000 mark around lunchtime yesterday--57,000 meals for starving Ugandan widows and orphans. Thank you! As we head into the weekend, I wanted to share a special challenge from one of our supporters, Amy Savage. Will you take the challenge? Leave a comment--What are you swapping this weekend to feed kids? Spread the word and thank you!

Ok's the weekend! We all know what that means - time for some fun, right? May I ask you to consider doing things a little bit differently this weekend? As you enjoy time with your friends and family please remember t hat there is an urgent food crisis in Uganda right now and that you can DO something about it this weekend!

This is not meant to be a guilt trip of any kind but an opportunity for us to creatively find ways to give food to these families who are hungry and weak as we begin our weekend full of energy and well-fed. Thanks to Children's Hope Chest we can all take part in bringing meals to people who desperately need them - what a great way to spend a weekend! We get to Feed The Forgotten.

N1420459461_30134170_5096247 I know...there may be many of you out there like me who have already given financially to this and other projects and are feeling like there might not be much left to give. But since we can provide a meal for only $.14 for someone in Uganda I suggest we swap something we have planned for this weekend in order to feed these precious, hungry people. Are you in? Here are some ideas:

Who has plans to go out for lunch or dinner this weekend? Would you consider swapping your meal to Feed The Forgotten? Get this: The $30 dinner that you swap can provide 214 meals for Ugandans! (When you swap your meal please remember to note "Feed The Forgotten" in the notes section.)

Who is planning on shopping for new summer clothes this weekend? Would you consider swapping one of your items to put food in the bellies of hungry people? Giving up that $25 shirt will provide 179 meals for people in Uganda!

Whose children are anxious to do their first lemonade stand of the year? How about talking to your kids about swapping their profits from the lemonade they sell to Feed The Forgotten? One $.75 lemonade can feed 5 children a meal. What a great way to show your children that they CAN do something too!!

N1420459461_30133120_238868 Who is planning on paying a babysitter so you can go out this weekend? How about swapping babysitting services with a friend so that you both can donate the money you saved to Feed The Forgotten? A $40 savings in babysitting can provide 285 meals for Ugandans!!

Who is looking forward to that Saturday morning coffee at the coffee shop? How about swapping your $4.00 coffee drink for 29 meals for hungry people? It doesn't take much!

Who has plans to catch a movie this weekend? How about swapping one movie ticket (about $9.50) for 68 meals?? Hard to believe that sacrificing one movie can give so many people food!

Who is planning a trip to the local ice cream shop? How about swapping your $10 ice cream visit to fill up 71 people with a meal?

We CAN do something and we can do it together this weekend! As you give (being sure to identify "Feed the Forgotten" in the notes section) please pray for these people who are suffering and have such tangible needs. It's humbling that God chooses to use US to be His hands and feet. These people will NOT be forgotten this weekend!!

June 03, 2009

Children Who Grow Up Scared

Scot McKnight, on his blog Jesus Creed just posted this about Scared. Thanks to all of you, the book was the #2 book sold on Amazon of all books sold by my publisher. Right behind Francis Chan's Crazy Love.

If you could give someone one item to learn about poverty in Africa, what would it be? What is the best way to teach about poverty and the global crises we face? What impacted you the most in learning about global poverty? I learned most about the Holocaust through visiting Mauthausen and reading Elie Wiesel's "Night." How do we teach about Africa's poverty and AIDS crises? One way is to write novels ...

A deep love for suffering children, especially those with AIDS and orphans ... 
A deep commitment and plea for those who can help to see what life in Africa is like ... 
And a realistic narrative of a photojournalist, whose own life crumbles, and a young African girl whose family is dying of AIDS and who herself suffers from starvation, atrocities ... and these two come together, from such wildly contrasting worlds that one is driven to ponder the injustices of the world, into a message of realism and hope.

TomDavis.jpgThere is no reason why the typical suburban, computer-reading Christian can't support a child or do something for the suffering orphans of this world. 

These are the central themes of Tom Davis' new novel, Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World , and I recommend the book but only if you want to be disturbed, challenged, and awakened to action

Facts -- like 26,500 children dying daily in the world from preventable diseases -- strike us with objective force.

Stories, fictional accounts of utter, naked realities, strike us with emotive force. 

Tom Davis, on the basis of the facts, uses the second approach to put in our minds and hearts the needs of Africa. I've posted about Tom's ministry -- HopeChest -- before, and I'm glad to post yet again about this novel. I can't think of Tom without thinking of the words of James ... pure religion before God is to care for widows and orphans.

June 01, 2009

Feed The Forgotten

Last month, Brandi McElheny led a Children's HopeChest vision trip to Uganda. At about the same time, I brought you the story of how our Uganda Director, Joseph, was attacked by an angry mob while trying to deliver food to famine-stricken areas. Now, Brandi and CHC are joining forces to do something about it.

Find out more below. Give if you are able. Pick up the badge (code below) to spread the word.

Here's the post from Brandi's blog:


Too often we hear heartbreaking stories like this (that I posted on Saturday) and do nothing. We feel helpless. . . and so we move on. Not this time. There are people DYING in Uganda right now. There are children who's bellies are hungry and aching. There are mamas who are too weak to stand and babies begging to be held. There are people trapping termites hoping for food and eating dung in helplessness. DO NOT CAVE TO DESPAIR. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING.

Join us and Children's HopeChest to FEED THE FORGOTTEN!!! (CLICK HERE TO GIVE NOW) (note: please write FEED THE FORGOTTEN in the notes section)

For $0.14, we can (and WILL) feed someone a meal of posho and beans. (posho is cornmeal, which is filling and beans are protein). Take that in for a moment. . .

$0.14 a meal

$2.86 for 20 days

$1 per FAMILY

$20 feed a family for 20 days.

How much was my Chick Fil A yesterday? How much is your Starbucks? The bigger question is how much am I willing to give up SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT EAT?

Remember Jesus story of the Good Samaritan? Remember how his very neighbors walked right by him? They probably looked at him with pity. . .probably thought "oh poor guy, that breaks my heart" but the fact is THEY DID NOTHING.

What will you do? These children are starving. . .

these actual children. . .

will you help? The money raised will feed those precious children. There are 3 - 4 villages that we are targeting (I'm hoping for more after we see how much we can raise!) to bring food relief to asap. These people are literally starving. . and waiting for you to act. Will you help? Even with paypal fees (2-3%) even $1 will feed 6 people! You CAN make a difference.

Spread the word, blog about it, facebook it, twitter it, ask your church or school or business to give, post the blog badge anything. Truly, we are begging you. . .on behalf of these children not to forget this post and move on to the next in your google reader list. Stop, pray, act.


(note: please write FEED THE FORGOTTEN in the notes section when you give)

To GET the blog badge, copy and paste this code into your post (remember to switch to the "edit html" mode in your post), or add as a "widget" on your blog. Spread the word!