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Who do we trust for our safety?

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The Scripture tells us that our safety does not come from military power. The Old Testament is full of the prophets telling the people not to trust the weapons of war to protect them. There’s a clear message that hoping to find security through the military is a dangerous and  false hope.

The Bible tells the people of faith that “our hope is in the name of our Lord, who made both heaven and earth.”  It’s a message we desperately need to hear and to heed today.

We have the largest military budget the world has ever seen. No other country, no other 12 countries, spend as much on national defense as the United States. This is not just wrong. In a world where we have 20,000 of our human family dying daily from hunger and malnutrition, spending this amount on military defense is both abhorrent and morally repugnant.

We can end hunger in the next 15 years according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. But we will never do it wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on wasteful, unnecessary, and sinful military spending. It’s time to trust in the Lord.

A prayer for a world divided

 

A Prayer of Hope

Let us pray:

We pray today for God’s world. We pray that it

might discover its human face. We pray for a

world divided.

Divided unequally between the prosperous and

the desperate.

Between those born into privilege and power and

those born into poverty and pain.

Divided unequally between the wealthy and the

The power-filled and the poor.

The greedy and the poor.

The corrupt and the poor.

The poor who always get more than their fairshare

of poverty.

God of life, into your world you come. Into this

divided human community you arrive.

You sit amongst the poor but the wealthy do not

see you.

You walk with the lonely and the abandoned but

those with power cannot hear your footsteps.

You stand among the hungry crowds waiting for

food but the greedy will not share their food with

You live among the powerless, the frightened

and the weak but the corrupt fail to notice you

and continue to exploit you.

God of hope, deliver us all from selfrighteousness

so that whilst we may call the

world towards a different way, we might also, in

your name, become the

answer to the prayers of the silent, suffering,

struggling ones.

God of justice, not just us, grant us the courage

to live as well as proclaim your gospel.

God of life, grant us the energy to serve others in

your name.

God of love, enable and allow us, with

all our weaknesses and fears, to

continue this walk of faith, for faith

and in faith.

a prayer by the Rev David Pargeter, Executive Director, Commission for Mission, Uniting Church in Australia)

working together around the world

A little later this morning I will leave home to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to take part in a special celebration and milestone event at Canterbury United Methodist Church. They are hosting their fourth meal packaging event. And while that is cause for celebration, an even bigger reason to celebrate is that they are achieving a wonderful distinction. More about that in tomorrow’s post.

Below are some more exciting facts taken from the latest Stop Hunger Now weekly staff update.

Did you know?

The Stop Hunger Now team DOUBLED our international meal packaging to 6.4 million  in 2014, thanks to an awesome team effort!

Check out some of the highlights…maybe you were there!

  • Hewlett-Packard engaged 5,000 employee volunteers in packaging 1.4 million meals in 10 countries!

  • Rotarians packaged 30,000 meals at the 2014 Rotary International Conference in Sydney, Australia, sponsored by Zambrero

  • More than 5,000 volunteers (including Graca Machel) packaged 848,681 meals for Mandela Day in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

  • HSBC Bank packaged more than 192,000 meals with Stop Hunger Now Philippines

  • SanDisk volunteers packaged more than 300,000 meals in our first event in Shanghai, China facilitated by Stop Hunger Now Malaysia

 Stay tuned,  we are opening two new Affiliate offices in India and Peru.  Through the establishment of Affiliate offices, Stop Hunger Now has a distinctive ability to have a sustainable impact, harnessing the collective energies of populations around the world in the fight against hunger.