Then the King will say to those on his right: ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…’
Have you ever been hungry? I mean have you ever been really hungry; having hunger to the point of weakness; hunger to the point of sickness; hunger to the point that you couldn’t focus; or being so hungry that you weren’t sure that you would live to see another day?
- 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone. Source: WFP, Two Minutes to Learn About School Meals 2012
- Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year. Source: The Lancet, Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition, 2013
- Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015
Throughout the course of a day I might ask, “What will I eat today?” or “Where will I eat today?” But there are many around this world who simply wonder, “Will I eat today?”
Individuals and families in our church are obediently feeding the hungry: whether it is feeding kids on Wednesday nights, volunteering at OurCalling or being involved in another program, God’s people are feeding the hungry. And rightly so; for as Christians, as people who follow Jesus, as a body of believers it is our desire, our aim, and our responsibility to feed those who are hungry.
And there is an opportunity coming up for us as an entire church body to come together to deliver hope to the world in the form of a meal.
Last November, Valley View hosted Stop Hunger Now, an organization that has provided over 223 million meals in 73 countries since it was established in 1998.
Stop Hunger Now gives us the opportunity to raise funds and package food that goes to hungry people all over the world. Last year we set goals to raise $6,000 to pack 20,000 meals, and we ended up exceeding those goals by raising $8,200 to pack 30, 258 meals.
The entire lobby was filled with tables, food, and enthusiasm as we worked together to make preparations for these meals to be sent to hungry people. As families packed rice, beans and dried vegetables, it provided a great platform to have meaningful conversations with our families about the great hunger that exists in the world.
On Sunday, February 21 2016, our goal as a church family is to pack at least 28,000 meals.
In order to do this, we need your help! Right now we need you to visit https://valleyview.churchcenteronline.com/registrations/events/14061, register to volunteer, and donate funds so we can raise the $8,000 needed to reach our goal, and so we will have the hands needed to package these meals.