Worst in 60 years. Lack of law and order. Very dire situation. Any idea what I'm referencing?? Many I have spoken to have no idea about the current status in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia. Kenya. Somalia. Uganda.
The worst famine in 60 years. Most of us are old enough to remember Live Aid and "We are the World" -- when artists and the world banded together to make a difference and do whatever they could to save the lives of children suffering. But today, in the midst of debt ceiling debates, double dip recessions, rising food costs - our minds are anywhere but on helping others. Unfortunately. We are turned inward with our eyes on our own needs. But.... 26,000 children already dead and millions more in danger.
"What this boils down to is children dying." - Anderson Cooper, in Somalia.
So tomorrow, Thursday, August 11th - our adoption agency yahoo group, a family of families who love Africa. Who either have children home from Ethiopia or like us, have children still in Ethiopia -- we are banding together, small as we may be, to do our best to raise awareness and raise money for the faces that we love so dear.
Tomorrow until midnight, if you go to our site and follow a link to a reputable donation organization to donate to alleviate hunger and famine in Africa, you can choose a token gift which has been donated by our families, as supplies allow. Just a small, ultra-cool gift as our thanks for standing with us and showing God's love to the least of these. Donate $5. $10. $25. Any little amount helps and adds up.
And please share the link. That doesn't cost anything.
And we know, cause we've heard in regards to adoption - you can't save them all.
But you also can't out-give God. And His Word says that when you bless others that blessing will be returned to you, more than you can even imagine. So when we think about our low savings account, or the price of our weekly groceries, and we worry about making ends meet and feeding our own children - are we trusting God to take care of us when we hold tightly to the money that He has entrusted us? Or do we trust Him even more when we open our clinched fists to allow Him to use that money for His good?
Yes, it may mean a week of eating out less to give $25. It may mean having your kid wait another month before buying those new $30 school shoes if you donate $50. But when we stand before God - do you think he will ever look down on you and frown because you EVER gave too much? Especially when it is the faces of the children HE loves that are suffering? Just a thought.
And a couple more images to occupy your thoughts....
No, we can't save them all - but are you content to say it is o.k. to not even try???
James 4:17 "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins."
James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
Luke 6:38 "Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back." (NLT)