As I focus more on the year ahead, my heart tells me that the struggle is going to be long and hard. That doesn’t bother me. What concerns me most is that we may be too divided to work together for what is best for all of us.
The real debate, as DiCaprio stated back in 2014, is not about partisan politics. The real focus has to be about coming together to address and confront those issues affecting all of our global family. This is a moral obligation that I am not sure we are capable of meeting.
The following news brief is taken from a SHN staff memo:
Stop Hunger Now India Flood Response Continues
Stop Hunger Now India continues to provide relief to those affected by the severe flooding in Chennai. Executive Director Dola Mohapatra has issued an update on the response, as well as an appeal to donors for additional support. Here is an excerpt:
As an immediate response to this emergency situation, Stop Hunger Now India, in partnership with Treasure Life Foundation, Hope Foundation and Rural Relief Network/SAARP (as well as few other local NGOs and civic groups) has provided nearly 150,000 meals to over 5,000 families in Chennai and Cuddalore areas, including the cut-off pockets in rural Panchayats.
As you may have been seeing the news items across the TV channels, the situation is quite grave and we have been receiving SOS requests from a number of local groups. The field teams responding to the current situation have requested immediate help for food packets, medical supplies, clothes etc.
We are gearing up to send 300,000meals for the affected families. We also have received requests for mats, tarpaulins, water-filters, tents and bed sheets, water containers, warm clothes, school supplies for children etc. We have a warehouse in Bangalore where these materials are being collected and the field team will be able to pick up all these once a truck load of materials are gathered.
Even though South Sudan’s hunger crisis isn’t making the headlines it is terribly real. Today I am at Lake Junaluska in the mountains of North Carolina having meetings with United Methodist leaders from the Holston Conference about our common ministry in this embattled country.
Our hope is to partner in our efforts to increase our impact. We all realize that working together accomplishes far more than working alone. In today’s meetings we will explore ways to connect and serve even more of those in need.
South Sudan is facing a hunger crisis. By the end of June there will be almost eight million in need of food as famine conditions increase.
Stop Hunger Now continues to work in South Sudan. Please help us provide desperately needed relief in this crisis situation.
As I was thinking about my last post, too much talkin’ and not enough doing, I remembered a quote by the noted Jewish theologian and philosopher, Martin Buber. Buber wrote:
The greater the crisis becomes, the more earnest and consciously responsible is the knowledge demanded of us for although what is demanded is a deed, only the deed which is born of knowledge will help to overcome the crisis.
We definitely need more action on behalf of the poor and hungry. But, as Buber pointedly reminds us, those deeds must be informed by knowledge. In order to achieve a world without hunger in our lifetime we need the best information available on which to base a solid and responsible course of action.”Francis Bacon wrote, “For knowledge, too, is in itself power.”
That power of solid knowledge is what we need to create a global movement committed to ending the horror of 25,000 of our human family dying daily from hunger in the midst of a world of plenty.