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Every Three Seconds (published in The North Weld Herald, 1/20/11)

posted Sep 7, 2013, 1:16 PM by Fccea Webmaster
Ever watch someone die of starvation? In September 1992, Jack Kelley did. The foreign affairs editor for USA Today, reported from Somalia, "Our photographer had a grapefruit, which he gave to a boy who was so weak from hunger he couldnt hold it. They cut it in half for him."

The boy slowly made his way to another young man lying on the ground and near death -- his brother. Kelley reported, "The older boy kneeled down, bit off a piece of the grapefruit, and chewed it. Then he opened up his younger brother's mouth, put the grapefruit in, and worked his brother's jaw up and down. We learned that the older brother had been doing that for the younger brother for two weeks. A couple days later the older brother died of malnutrition, but the younger brother lived."

Some statistics. About 25,000 people die every day of hunger -- one person every 3-1/2 seconds. 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty -- on less than $1.25 per day. Eighty percent of the world's population lives on less than $10 per day. Yet, there is plenty of food in the world to feed everyone.

More statistics. The average American consumes nearly 2,000 pounds of food per year. And 138 million church-goers in America who say their faith is important to them earn $2.5 trillion per year. That would make them the 7th richest country in the world.
Question: What are we doing about world poverty?

Many of us were inspired by the movie Blind Side, the story of the Tuohy family who took in a homeless African-American youngster and helped him fulfill his potential. Michael Oher became an All-American offensive tackle and now plays for the Baltimore Ravens. Great story of someone getting involved.

Now, perhaps we can't all get involved to that extent, but we can all do something. Here's one idea.

Under the auspices of Food for the Hungry, Eaton dentist Dr. Jim Kennedy and his wife Julie are going to Guatemala in February to share their dental skills with the children of Santa Cecilia, a remote Mayan village. They are also taking almost their entire staff with them; Dr. Bryan Casseday of Greeley has also signed on to go.

They will be joined by several members of the First Congregational Church of Eaton/Ault and some dental staff spouses who will work on constructing a kitchen in the local elementary school, conduct a VBS and spend time visiting in homes of Mayan families. The aim of the trip is to share Christ in a tangible way and, in keeping with the charter of Food for the Hungry, to create a self-sustaining ability within the village to wage its own war on poverty and malnutrition.

This team of 16 people pays all its own transportation, per diem and project costs. You can help. A barbeque dinner fund raiser is being held on Saturday evening, January 29, at the Congregational Church from 5-7 pm. For $10 you can enjoy a great dinner and help offset the project costs for this team. Where else could you eat well, while at the same time help fight world hunger?!

Tickets need to be purchased in advance and you can do that at Kennedy Dental or at the church (corner Cheyenne and 2nd, 454-2481). And by the way, extreme poverty has been cut in half in the past 30 years! Its a winnable war -- every little bit counts.

By His Grace, Pastor Dave,
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