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Morally Obscene Budget Cutting

I am not familiar with all these programs. Some may need to be cut or scaled back. I just want to address two that I know well.

The first one on this list, the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education is one of the most effective and powerful programs the US has for helping end hunger in our lifetime. This is a program that deserves far more funding, not less. And it certainly should not be cut.

PL 480 Title II Food Aid is another program designed to help end global hunger, one acknowledged by most to be a powerful tool in the fight for food for all. It has helped millions break the chains of malnutrition,

Adopting this is a shameful exercise, clearly aimed at making the rich richer at the cost of the social responsibility our country has always demonstrated as a global leader. Such cuts are morally repugnant, like the one proposing them. Caring citizens should do all in our power to oppose such a budget.

not much humanity

It’s not only the poor among us that stand in need of equality and justice. We all need equality and justice.

We live in a world where we allow thousands to die daily from hunger and malnutrition, even when we know there’s far more than enough food to feed everyone. That is more than injustice.

Until the hungry get fed, and all of our human family has a place at the table there is no equality and there is no justice. And I would add, not much humanity, either.

the face of hunger in South Sudan

Hunger is not abstract numbers even if those numbers are in the thousands or even millions. Hunger is real, and it has a million faces.

One such face is that of this malnourished child in the village of Old Fangok in South Sudan. The mother brought her son the Dr. Jill Seaman’s clinic for help.

When Dr. Seamon offered a packet of Plumpynut the young child grabbed it from her hand and consumed it so fast she offered a second packet.  This one, seen in the photo, was eaten a little more slowly.

Dr. Seamon took the photo after asking the mother’s permission, and then shared it with Stop Hunger Now who provided the funds to purchase the Plumpynut. She uses food as a vital part of her medical treatments as hunger and malnutrition are major health issues in her area of South Sudan and has grown worse with the increased violence and warfare.

Working together we can keep food in the hands of hungry children, and make possible the compassionate work of dedicated medical staff like Dr. Seamon. Thanks for all you do to help end hunger in our lifetime. Thank you for caring enough to act. Thank you for being a part of the global movement to eradicate hunger forever.

a failing grade

The test of the morality of a society is how it treats its children.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The test scores are coming in. And they show we have not only failed, but failed miserably.

We have not studied enough. We have not prepared, and we certainly haven’t paid attention in class. And so, we are failing this test even as we are failing the children of our world.

Our society hasn’t given up on our children, but even a cursory examination shows the obvious mistreatment of those who will come after us. We have sinned by omission and we have sinned by commission in regards to children.

We have ignored the studies and reports of increasing child hunger in our own country and have turned a blind eye to the millions of malnourished and hungry children in other lands.

We have allowed our education system to decline and have become deaf to the cries of those calling for increased funding to maintain a solid educational infrastructure.

Not doing the right thing is as bad as doing that which is wrong. Both are a indication of our morality. In regards to our children, we have failed the test.

 

a prayer for those that hunger

Most gracious and merciful God, I praise You and offer You thanks and worship at the start of this beautiful day. I pray for Your grace and forgiveness this morning. I pray that the power of your Holy Spirit may fill me to overflowing that all my speech and all my actions might be a powerful witness to Your eternal and unchanging love.

I especially lift up to You this morning all those suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Bless them in a special way. Grant them food, but also grant them justice.Work through me to help achieve a world where justice leads to peace, and where hunger is nothing but a memory.

Lord, help us to be obedient to Your Word. Grant me the grace to be obedient to Your perfect will. Use us, use me, to end hunger in my lifetime. And may the entire human family know the love You have brought. Amen

staff meetings are universal

Some things are too universal to need explanation. Staff meetings fall in that category.

This morning our team was privileged to set in on the weekly United Methodist Staff meeting. And although there were many of the same reports and updates there were also a fair amount of differences. After the meeting was opened with devotions the first order of business was a security report. That is different.

Every department reported successes and challenges, as would be expected, but at the end of the meeting the staff took up their weekly collection for their Agape Alms Fund. Every week the staff donates to the fund in order to provide aid to those in the community they select in need of help. That is also different.

After a delicious lunch (cabbage, kale, pumpkin, fried okra, rice and beans) several of us walked to the UMCOR (United Committee on Relief) compound where we spend several hours with Dr. Lynn and Dr Sharon Fogleman, a medical missionary couple who have been here in South Sudan for over 3 years. This is where I began gathering the information necessary for the potential food security project that brought me here to South Sudan.

South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate of any nation in the world. There are several factors that contribute to this statistic but malnutrition plays a large role. And malnutrition here in this area is rising.

Even though this is safest area in entire country the impact of the war is felt here. Food prices have almost tripled since March. And the outlook for the immediate future in not good.

Stop Hunger Now allowed me to come because we want to make a difference in South Sudan. We want to do the right thing in the right way. Hopefully, by the time I return to the States we will have a better idea how to make that happen in a significant and sustainable manner.

Stay tuned. There’s more to come