I want you to take a look around you right now..what do you see? A phone? Your computer? How about a refrigerator? And do you have any type of food in your cabinets? Now I want you to take a look inside you, clear your heart, clear your head and listen to what I have to say for just a moment.
This post is far different than anything else I've ever posted, but it needs to be said. It comes to my attention more and more every day how selfish most of us Americans are with our money. How entitled we feel to these little pieces of paper and these coins that come and go with no second thought. I want you to ask yourself where your money is going. Is it going into fast food because you're too busy or tired to cook for your family at night? Is it going to the new name brand fall clothes that you can't wait to get because last seasons are so well, last season? Make a list if you have to..where is your money going? Now I bet you're wondering where this post is going. And before you click that little x in the corner, let me give you a few shocking statistics.
-More than 16 million, or almost one in five, American children are at risk of hunger. Each child facing hunger potentially goes to bed hungry at some point in the year due to a lack of household resources to secure an adequate food supply. (http://www.conagrafoodsfoundation.org/child-hunger/child-hunger-statistics.jsp)
-There are 15 million children that die every year from hunger.
-33% of the world's population is considered to be starving.
-3.6 seconds is the amount of time between deaths of people who die from hunger.
-There are 800 million people in the would who suffer from hunger and malnutrition.
-936 million people do not have enough to eat.
-There will be over 2 million people that die this year from hunger, over 20,000 that die today.
-More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.
-780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people
-An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
-More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.
Now, look back at what you have in your house. Tell me something that is worth millions of people dying for. Tell me that you can't cut back on a few fast food meals a week to help a child in need. Tell me that this isn't a serious issue in the world and in America. You can't tell me, because it is. I'm not asking you to drop everything you're doing and run to your nearest food bank and drop off 100 cases of green beans and corn, i'm not asking you to pay for the homeless man's meal, i'm not really asking you to do anything but consider the facts, open your eyes.
With that being said, I would like you to meet my sponsored child, Norris. Norris was born on June 28th, 2006 in the Philippines. With my payment on 35 dollars a month through World Vision, I am able to help supply him, his brother and his parents with clean water, school uniforms and medicine to aid against deadly disease. It also helps with agricultural programs, and activities like Vacation Bible School. So my question to you today is, is that extra meal at mcdonalds or taco bell worth it? Invest in something bigger than yourself, invest in someone else.
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