turn and open hands
Yesterday I learned about a grassroots effort to raise awareness about hunger and poverty worldwide. It seems a mom who blogs saw a devastating picture of a child in Sudan, and, long story short, organized a 40-day fast among a group of bloggers. Beginning today and lasting for the next 40 days, each blogger will fast for a day, and donate the money they would have spent on food to an organization that helps the poor in this world. On their day of fasting, each person will post a story about their experience and their cause. You can access each day's post by clicking on the icon above, which will also be a sidebar on my blog for the next 40 days. Here's a list of suggestions for how you can pray and what you can do to be part of the fast.
What good does this really do? Maybe not much in terms of tangible benefits, but anything that draws attention to the absolute poverty in which billions of people live helps. My hope is that this effort would draw Christians' attention to consider whether the ways we use our money and energy, both in our own lives and in the church, is really reflecting that which God would have us do. My hope is that the words of the prophet Isaiah would come true, that we would bring justice to the oppressed and food to those who don't have any to eat.