Give Whatever You Can

The photos that appear in the previous post show the two bookmarks now available as gifts to you for your donations to feed starving widows and children. Each features a different inspirational poem that I composed myself. If you click on the center photo, you will be able to read the poems.

I will give every cent of your contribution to Christian missionaries, whom I have know for many years, who use the funds to feed widows and children in their mission work in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Not a single penny of it will be used for salaries, expenses, administrative costs, or for anything but feeding the starving. 100% is the best we can do. I can put you in direct contact with them, as well, so that you can corroborate that they receive all of your contribution, or you can send it directly to them, if you prefer.

The tassled bookmarks measure 9″ by 2 1/2″, and are laminated in plastic for long life. They make great gifts for any occasion. The poems are very good, too, if I do say so myself.

Contact David directly at davidl.rosenthal@yahoo.com to arrange the details, or for any other reason.

God bless you.

Time to Get Serious

There is a lot that one could do to combat starvation. What you do depends on such things as where you are, how much time you have on your hands, and what your talents are. But no one is unable to do something. And whatever you can do, no matter how small, must be better than doing nothing.

You can raise money to feed the starving. You can raise public awareness of the extent to which it is rampant. You can adopt an orphan through one of the reputable organizations that provides services to them. You can donate to a faith-based or other charitable organization that provides services. You can dedicate a few hours a month to an organization of that kind. You can write letters to the editor. You can sell your stuff on Ebay and donate the proceeds. Whatever you do will be worth doing.

I have just finished an anthology of 70 poems, including maybe a half dozen song lyrics, that I titled “Poems & Songs for Christ”, which I am now working on getting published. All of whatever profits or royalties result from this are dedicated to feeding the starving. I will give all of it to Christian missionaries who do work in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, including providing meals to widows and orphans in need.

You can make something and sell it. You can get a part time job and donate the income. You can put all your change in a jar at the end of the day and donate it. You can use your imagination, since you know your circumstances and conditions, and devise ways of getting involved that are compatible with your situation.

You can print out flyers and pass them out, encouraging others to get involved. You can set up a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds for the starving. You can go door to door asking for donations for a charitable organization or do it by phone. There are many ways you can participate in this effort.

Think about it. Pray about it. Talk to your significant other or your Momma about it.

But please, do something about it. They really do need you.

Him

James said pure religion that’s valid for God
Involves helping orphans and widows in need
And keeping oneself from the spot of the world.
And Christ said whoever whenever did feed
The least of his brothers fed Him.

Millions of children are dying right now
While Christians grow grossly obese
Throw away food and buy things they don’t need.
What manner of Christians are these,
Who seem not to listen to Him?

Don’t think you’re unneeded or that what you have
To give is too little too late
Every bit counts in the war to defeat
Starvation, the terrible fate
That’s killing those well loved by Him.

Some reasons to care

We are human beings, and as such we have to choose how to define our humanity, and the human race in general. We have to choose our path, our values, our priorities. We have to choose whether to model ourselves after examples of civility, decency, generosity, creativity, and fraternity, or to do our own thing, reflected in the ubiquitously degenerate condition of humanity.

We have to answer the question: Am I my brothers keeper? And we have to decide what that means to us.

We have to decide whether to live according to the principles to which we often claim to adhere, or in which we claim to believe, or otherwise to be honest and say that we do not believe in or follow them. To do otherwise would be hypocrisy.

If we have a religious affiliation, the tenets of our religion almost certainly encourage caring about the welfare of others, especially the least fortunate and most afflicted. We have to choose whether to follow our religion’s tenets, or to suffer in our conscience due to failure to comply with what we believe to be right.

In chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus Christ said the following about caring for the hungry:

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Christ spoke plainly. It needs no interpretation in order for anyone to understand it.

Christianity is not the only faith to teach caring for the hungry poor. Yours does, as well. But do you?

And if you have no religion, you are a god unto yourself. So what kind of god do you want to be? The kind that someone could admire, or the kind that we have everywhere you turn?

Each of us has a small part to play, but if we do not play our part, we share in the responsibility for what the world becomes, and for what humanity becomes. And for the suffering of those who cannot do for themselves what we who are more fortunate could do, collectively, if we cared.

I know you care. I am confident that you do care. But perhaps you are among the ones who think that your tiny contribution really makes no significant difference, and so you do not contribute the small amount available to you. But know this: Every little bit makes a difference, and everything you do makes a difference.

Do not be embarrassed, if you can only make a small contribution. If everyone made a small contribution, whenever possible, the world would be a Paradise today.

Make your contribution today. And be blessed for it.

Hello world!

Starvation is Rampant…Ending Starvation is Possible

Starvation is rampant throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Literally millions of people die each year from starvation. Statistics vary, but some indicate that each year 15 million children die from starvation.

Other statistics cite one death every 3.6 seconds, which does not seem to match that exactly. But whether the real figure is 40,000 deaths per day or only 10,000, it is unacceptable and avoidable.

Every single day, at least 15,000 children die from starvation, and sometimes as high as three or four times that many, while many of us fight obesity, throw away food, and spend money on things that don’t provide the pleasure we had hoped.

Despite the existence of a plethora of organizations whose purpose is to feed the hungry, this miserable death continues to plague a large percentage of the world’s population. But it does not have to be that way.

Every day, while we eat lunch, about 1,000 children die from hunger. Yet for the cost of dinner at any moderately priced restaurant, a hungry child could be fed for one month.

Considered another way, if we gave up one store-bought cup of coffee every other day, a hungry child could be fed for one month.

The Bible has a few things to say about this issue. For example, in the Book of James 1:27 it says this:

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. “

We may or may not be Christian, but if we do not visit widows and orphans in their need, what is our religion about?

We may not be religious at all, but if we do not care for the third-degree holocaust that is taking place, what is our humanity about?

The point is that we can take simple and easy steps to end starvation. You can do it. You can be the one to make the difference.

In coming posts we will look more closely at the ongoing situation, and at simple ways to combat world hunger.

Thank you for caring. God bless you.