Letter From Beyond

By David L. Rosenthal

My Dear Brother Pedro,

Please forgive me for contacting you in this manner, rather than coming to see you in person, but circumstances prevented me from doing what I certainly would have preferred. Believe me, brother, that I am telling you the truth, and that I am not making up excuses or stories to deceive you. You know that it is said that the truth is stranger than fiction; that which precluded any possibility of my seeing you before my departure was unforeseeable to me, but in retrospect, perhaps inevitable.

Do not be sad, brother, because I had to go. It is our destiny to die and you will follow me sooner or later. Do not worry about me at all, as I am in good hands. My only concern, at this moment, is for my little Bamba, whom I left behind without a home. I can see from here that my neighbors are feeding him table scraps, so that Bamba is not hungry, but he needs a good home, a family to love him and to take care of him, not to be left alone to fend for himself on the cold streets, where vicious dogs and mean children abuse him at every turn.

You never met Bamba, brother. I had intended to bring him with me next month, when I hoped to visit you in San Miguel. You would have loved him. He is very unusual for a Chihuahua, very calm and gentle, and also very gregarious and personable. He is a tiny thing without hair, white like the milk of a goat, and with ears as big and soft as rose petals. It only takes a minute to bathe him. And he fits snugly into my overturned sombrero. I really never wanted to have a dog with me, but when I met Bamba, I had no choice but to keep him. He stared into my eyes with such affection and interest that I could not say No to him. And now I have abandoned him as suddenly as I had to leave you. My heart is breaking, because I know that you can understand why I left, but that Bamba cannot understand.

I don’t know what they told you about my death, brother. I think that the men who killed me must have been confused, not bad men, but confused about me, and they must have thought that I was someone else. I think that they must have been looking for someone else, and killed me by mistake. I am sure that by now they have realized what a terrible mistake they have made, but for me it is too late. I am fine here, as I have already said, but I just hope you received the truth about me. They were confused, and perhaps they are still. I am still not exactly clear about all the details, but I will tell you what I remember about the end.

Bamba is almost a perfect dog, Pedro, a great companion and always very amusing, always pleasant, and a good friend. But I worried about him sometimes. He occasionally would roam around by himself for many hours, during which he would be exposed to many dangers, since he is so small and defenseless. He always returned home again, happy and pleased to see me. So, on my last day, when he had not come home for several hours, I tried to reassure myself, since he had always come home before. But finally came dusk, and Houston at night is not safe for a little Chihuahua, especially not for one so humane as my little Bamba. So when darkness fell, I put on my poncho and sombrero and I went out to look for him. I was so worried that I could not just sit quietly and wait for him to come home.

At first I stayed calm, as I walked along the streets and avenues, asking people whether they had seen Bamba. Probably more than an hour passed, as I stopped at every café and cantina along the Downtown River District to ask whether Bamba had been there recently. I knew that he liked to stroll by the water, listening to the music and conversations, and sometimes chasing the seagulls and pigeons. But not one person had seen Bamba, and many of the people reacted strangely, opening their eyes widely and gasping, as though I had slapped them. People can be so strange, Pedro.

After a while, I am afraid that I started to panic, imagining all kinds of evil possibilities that could have happened to my dear Bamba. I lost my composure, and began to run down every street, calling out loud for Bamba. I ran everywhere, asking everyone, but all the people began to run away from me. I don’t know why. It was getting late, so maybe they were in a rush to get home, but they did not have to be so discourteous.

By then I was truly disconcerted, desperate, sweating, and beginning to become exhausted. But I did not want to give up. I began to scream and to cry for Bamba. Over and over I called out, as loud as I could, “Baaaaaaaaammmmbba!!!”

Suddenly, I was surrounded by a crowd of uniformed men, all of them pointing weapons at me! I thought that they were crazy, Pedro! They shouted at me to put my hands up, so I did. I put my hands as high into the air as I could, I swear it. But why did they point all those guns at me? Brother, I think that the people in this country are losing their minds, when dozens of them threaten an unarmed man like myself, who would not harm even a cockroach. What has come over them? Only God knows.

Well, there I stood, in the middle of that angry mob of armed men, when suddenly, right at the edge of the crowd, appears my little dog! I was so relieved and happy to see him that my face transformed from one of anxiety and tears to a matchlessly beaming smile of joy! I extended my arms to him and cried out, “Bamba!!” The explosions that followed are my last memory on Earth.

I know, brother, that no sane person could ever understand why that happened to me. But I am content where I am now, so I no longer wonder much about it. I just worry still about Bamba.

So I implore you, Pedrito, do not leave Bamba in Houston, to roam the streets without a home. He is so good. It is not right to let such a good creature suffer such abuse at the hands of a barbaric people. Find Bamba and take him home with you to San Miguel, where people will understand and appreciate him, where he can be safe, and among those who are like himself.

Do this last thing for me, brother. The United States is no place for a wonderful dog like my Bamba.

Mil gracias, Pedro. Que Dios te bendiga.

                                 – The End –

Waiting and waiting

I am still waiting for the final steps in the process of being approved permanently for tax-exempt status to take place. The foundation is exempt at this time, but certain paperwork must be submitted which is now in the hands of our accountant. It could take a few more months to be finalized, depending upon how many questions the government has to ask, Bear with us and pray for speedy approval. In the meantime, I will continue to make occasional posts.

PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD: VICTORY OR DISGRACE?

Although advances of the modern age have provided mankind with numerous conveniences, the state of human nature does not seem to have kept pace with technology. Barbarism flourishes. Abominations abound. Mankind is largely residing in a low sink of immorality, love of violence and inhumanity, and reverse cultural progress.

After more than 60 centuries of failed attempts at self-rule, countless atrocities, endless invasions and counter-invasions, and genocides that have resulted in the massacre of hundreds of millions, it is doubtful whether any marginally sane person could with a straight face claim that any group of people deserves a state. However, given the perpetuation of the human form of government, we are forced to consider the question of whether a particular group of people now deserves to be rewarded with elevation in the world of international politics by having their request for an independent state approved by the international community.

Begin the consideration of this question by establishing a list of a few of the qualities that the international community deems desirable for states to emulate. Numerous conventions exist that define certain of these qualities, as well as certain limitations that the international community wishes to be placed on the behaviors of governments and those who serve them. Turn, for example, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, produced by the United Nations in 1948. Let’s look at a few of the articles of that international convention.

‘Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.’ [SOURCE: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/]

Now, although one could dispute whether all humans are born with reason and conscience, at least we can all appreciate the encouragement to act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. But unfortunately, the last sentence is fallacious, since we do not all appreciate the encouragement to act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. In fact, the opposite is true of a group of Palestinians who have been in control of the Gaza Strip since 2005.

Proof of the allegation that was just made is to be found in Article 7 of the Hamas Charter. Hamas is the Palestinian faction now ruling the Gaza Strip, who were also elected as a majority of the Palestinian legislature by the Palestinian people. Article 7 says the following,

‘…the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:

“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim).’ [SOURCE: http://mideastweb.org/hamas.htm]

So, as you can see from their own words, the rulers of Gaza, who also form a majority in the Palestinian legislature, look forward to killing Jews, which they say is a worthy goal received from Mohammad. This goal is antithetical to the values stated in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

It bears noting that the second paragraph of the Hamas Charter memorializes a statement made by an Islamic martyr, apparently highlighted there to clarify the goal of Hamas. It is as follows:

‘Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it” (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).’ [SOURCE: http://mideastweb.org/hamas.htm]

But if this were not sufficient to demonstrate the ultimate goal of Hamas, Article 13 of the Hamas Charter states this:

‘There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.’ [SOURCE: http://mideastweb.org/hamas.htm]

As can be readily discerned from this statement, Hamas has no interest whatsoever in seeking peace with Israel. Jihad is the path they have chosen. The Universal Declaration of Human rights, on the other hand, encourages acting towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 28 of the declaration also states as follows:

‘Article 28. Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.’ [SOURCE: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/]

The Hamas Charter, as we have seen, despises this international convention, instead calling for genocide of the Jews.

The Universal Declaration also states this:

‘Article 30. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.'[SOURCE: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/]

However, as the Hamas Charter clarifies, which is highly valued by supporters of Hamas, Mohammad himself taught them to kill Jews. So as we see, there is a clear dichotomy between what the international community expects in terms of international norms of conduct and what the Palestinian charter exposes as being their completely different standard, one in clear opposition to peace and harmony.

Now some may say that Hamas is only one faction of Palestinians (which is true), while other Palestinians are willing to make peace with Israel. However, do not overlook that although Hamas rules only Gaza, and not West Bank, the Palestinian people elected Hamas members into a majority in the Palestinian legislature, either in spite of or due to the official policies of Hamas on the destruction of Israel.

And another factor to consider is that according to a recent poll conducted in 2011 on Palestinian views, 43% of the participants support continued armed attacks against Israeli civilians. Such a reality would seem to indicate that almost half of the Palestinian people have no interest in peace with Israel. [SOURCE:http://www.pcpsr.org/survey/polls/2009/p31ejoint.html]

(In case any doubt exists regarding the veracity of this assertion, you may contact the Palestinian pollsters directly at pcpsr@pcpsr.org. Or you may telephone them and request to speak with PSR director, Dr. Khalil Shikaki or Walid Ladadweh, at tel. 02-2964933.)

So far we have compiled a very short list of norms approved by the international community that are not adhered to or respected by Palestinians. Yet they are such basic norms that, when disrespected by a people, must color them with an unattractive stain of barbarism. It is inevitable that a people, who reject embracing brotherhood, peace and respect of basic rights, be seen by others as less than worthy. And when such a people reject such things, almost all other people might be seen as morally superior to them.

It may be argued that such a people, despite their peculiar moral standards and violent objectives still deserve a state of their own, to which the question might be posed in reply: On what basis? The world is already replete with countless people who support barbarity and destruction, while international organizations, such as the United Nations, claim to strive for adherence to international conventions such as the few we have considered. What possible justification could there possibly be for approving for statehood a people who now seek statehood, while simultaneously revealing in their published official agendas that they despise the conventions that most of the rest of humanity claims to value as worthy standards by which to govern themselves?

What is to be gained by appeasing a people who reject norms of peaceful co-existence? By elevating Palestinian status to one of statehood, would not the world be announcing that the standards it has henceforth negotiated and promoted are little more than a farce?

Becoming approved for statehood would hardly be a material victory for the Palestinian people, in any case, as until the day that they renounce their official goals of genocide, ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and acquisition of foreign territory through armed aggression, the Israelis will not remove the occupation that was imposed on the Palestinians in 1967, the purpose of which has been to prevent the Palestinians from carrying out their stated goals.

And while the elevation to statehood would not represent a material victory for the people of Palestine, failing to improve their lives in any meaningful sense, it would represent a disgraceful capitulation by the world at large that would practically have announced, by approving statehood for Palestine, that the goals for a better world have been abandoned, in favor of freefall into insanity.

Are Christians Saved?

Although I have been Christian for some time, about a year ago I read once again the 25th chapter of Matthew, which made an impression on me that previously it had not. In the chapter, Jesus Christ offers some definition about who are sheep and who are goats, goats being the ones who are destroyed on Christ’s return.

Before continuing with the discussion, please read Matthew 25:31-46:

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

As far as I can see, these words send a clear message. The message is that if we do not do as Christ said, our end will be disaster. This seems to clash with what many Christians believe with respect to salvation, that faith alone saves us. Christ says in this text that obedience saves us. It reinforces or is compatible with what Christ taught in Matthew 7:21-27:

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Of course, it is clear that we do not save ourselves, but are saved by grace through faith. But the words of Jesus Christ cannot be obviated. He says we must do what he says, or otherwise we will end in disaster. There is no way for a Christian to deny or dispute this.

And yet, many Christians do dispute this. When I show them these statements of Christ, they have accused me of meaning to establish a works-based salvation, as they put it. They do headstands and somersaults in an attempt to prove that Christ does not mean what he means.

I do not understand what their motive could be for disputing the words of Christ. But it seems to me that many Christians are not saved at all, and that they are heading for disaster, not for salvation.

How do you get through to this kind of Christian? Is there a way to convince them to take Christ seriously?

History

Today is a historic day in my mind. End Starvation Foundation has its first donor pledge $30 per month to fund the operation of the foundation. I am grateful to God and to the donor, whose name I withhold for reasons of privacy, but I can say that he is a Christian man from Texas.. This is very encouraging. With $1.5 billion per day, starvation can be eradicated, potable water provided, and orphans and widows cared for around the world. $30 a month from 1.5 billion donors will end starvation. The silver bullet, the cure, is to care.

It Takes Time and Perseverance

There is no way to know why we sometimes have to wait a long time for certain things or answers….but remember that eternity is a long time, and what to us seems a long time is, to God, a moment. He is in control and He knows why He does what He does when He does it. It is our job to do as He says. We already know the final outcome.

The latest poem:

Broken Shells

Mighty as broken eggshells

Strewn along the road

Something tells me that most of us

Bear less than half the load

Of their responsibility

Within the church of God

As capable ambassadors

Of the only One who’s good.

I’m starting now to understand

That this is partly due to

That few of those who teach of Him

Are teaching what is true

To those who need to know about

How they must be saved

And so they walk in ignorance and

Unwisely have behaved.

Open up your Bible and

Compare it to the word

Of the preacher on the pulpit

Who too often seems absurd

Then read God’s word in prayerfulness

And often you will find

That the pedants who now speak of Him

Are functionally blind

As though their fleshly eyes could see

While they’ve lost their Christly mind.

Don’t follow shallow teachers

Who pretend to speak for Christ

Whose teachings don’t compare to his

Whose message is not spiced

With the message of the gospel

That divides us like a knife

Sending goats away who won’t obey

The words that offer life.

Don’t waste your time with preachers

Who won’t preach what God requires

For only will he find the truth

Who after truth inquires.

What is truth, someone might ask

And I will answer in a trice:

Those words lack truth that don’t agree

With the doctrine of Jesus Christ.

The Latest

The anthology is now available online, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Google, and will soon be available on this site’s webstore. Poems & Songs for Christ.

I am working on the second anthology now, which may be done within the year. And I have typed up my three short stories, titled Trio of Short Stories for Christ.

Kyle Ingalsbe is setting up the site to take your payments and donations. Hope to be up and running soon.

So far, no positive responses from billionaires. Maybe soon.

Here is the latest poem:

Seek First the Kingdom

There is nothing, nothing at all,

Nothing at all that Christ cannot do.

He is through whom God created life,

So, why can’t He give life to you?

Everything the Father has given

To the Son to reign as our king,

And raised Him up as proof of his power

To give us life and everything.

From the East and from the West

They will come to sit at his table,

All whom the Lord of life resurrects,

He to fulfill his promise is able.

There is nothing, nothing at all,

Nothing at all his people will lack.

Rejoice now and trust in his promise:

Jesus Christ is soon coming back.

So remember, do not forget,

He’s returning on Judgment Day

To reward those who do his will,

But to destroy those who don’t obey.

Serve the king and you will lack nothing –

He has great riches waiting for you,

Real life in union with the great Spirit

Of the One who’s returning for you.

New Publication

I just finished and printed a 35-page booklet of short stories titled Trio of Stories for Christ that soon will be for sale on the website, along with the bookmarks, the anthology, and a variety of collectibles. All proceeds from all sales will fund foundation projects. Someone is working on preparation of the website.

Xulon Press prepared the front and back covers of the anthology; they are very beautiful. I am pleased.

There are also 13 poems already finished for the next anthology.

And Stephen Bening is working on the paperwork for the 501(C) 3 approval.

But time drags. There is still a lot of work to do.

A New Approach

The uproar in the Muslim world gave me an idea yesterday. I am going to create a video for YouTube, inform as many journalists about it as I can, and send them the script, hoping to create a reaction that will spread far. The script follows:

Commentary on the Question of Islam’s Position on Helping the Poor, and on the Failure of Muslims to Act According to the Teachings of Islam, as Millions of Children Die of Starvation Every Year

Let me begin with a concise presentation on the basic Islamic tenets on helping the poor, with information taken from Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia of Islam, and other sources.

In Islam, the practice of giving a portion of one’s income to the poor is known as zakat, and it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The Koran, Islam’s most holy book, talks about the zakat in more than 30 different verses.

Zakat is considered more than charity – one must give zakat for the sake of one’s own salvation. Neglecting to give zakat can result in damnation in the afterlife, while those who give zakat can expect reward from God in the afterlife. The giving of the zakat is considered a means of purifying one’s wealth and one’s soul.

In Islamic terminology, the term hadith refers to reports of statements or actions of Mohammed, or of his tacit approval or criticism of something said or done in his presence. The commentaries found in various hadiths are records of sayings of Mohammed, sometimes direct quotes, other times comments of those who knew Mohammed or from Islamic scholars.  They are a necessary tool in understanding Islam.

In addition to the Koran, the hadith also admonish those who don’t give the zakat. According to the hadith, refusal to pay zakat is a sign of hypocrisy, and God won’t accept the prayers of such people. The hadith assert that the poor wouldn’t be hungry if the rich gave zakat. But they also state that zakat purifies those who give it. Those who give zakat, God safeguards their property from ruin. On the day of Judgment, those who didn’t give the zakat will be held accountable and punished.

Now, considering that the are about 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, the question comes to my mind as to why there is so much poverty. Why is it, given that about two people in nine is Muslim, do so many people die of starvation each year? Are Muslims not practicing zakat, one of the Five Pillars of their faith?

Every year, millions of people, and millions of children die of starvation, despite that about 23% of humanity are Muslims. What causes this?

Does the failure of Muslims to feed the starving reflect widespread hypocrisy in them? Or is it a sign of apathy, or of negligence, or of ignorance of their scriptures, or of disobedience to their God? Why do Muslims fail so miserably to do what their holy scriptures and authoritative commentaries command them to do? Why do Muslims largely remain unresponsive to the terrible need of the world’s poor?

Remember that we are not now talking about those that lack much of the comforts that the wealthy enjoy, but of the many millions who every year succumb to the drawn out suffering caused by starvation, dying after a period of physical torture, as though thrown on the refuse heap of humanity by their loveless fellows who do not do as their God instructs.

All of these many millions who die each year, after suffering a debilitating, slow torture that brings with it desperation, weakness, pain, disease, and dejection, could be avoided if only those who claim to follow the God of Islam would do as that God tells them to do. So what are we to think about Islam, based on the behavior of Muslims?

Now, I realize that these comments must cause significant agitation among many Muslims. After all, agitation is commonplace among them when they are criticized, despite the truthfulness of statements made against them.

But let me add this:

What I have said with regard to Muslims, to the Islamic tenet on helping the poor, and to the failure of Muslims to help the poor, is all just as true with respect to Christians, to the Christian tenet on helping the poor, and to the failure of Christians to help the poor.

The Holy Scriptures used by Christians contain numerous verses that teach, encourage, and warn Christians to help the needy and feed the poor, which are found in a number of the Proverbs, and such verses as James 1, verse 27 and Matthew 25, verses 31 through 46.

James 1:27 states, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

And in Matthew 25, Jesus Christ warns that those who do not help the needy will go off into destruction. But too many Christians seem largely as hypocritical, apathetic, negligent, ignorant of their scriptures, and unresponsive as the Muslims who do not do what the Koran commands.

There are in the world about as many Christians as there are Muslims. So almost half of the population of the world claims to believe either in the Bible or in the Koran. And yet millions of children die of starvation, while half of the world fails to act in agreement with the values that which half claims to hold.

Muslims fail to feed the starving. Christians fail to feed the starving. So who will feed the starving millions who die each year. In fact, hundreds of millions lack enough food to live a healthy life. But it is completely avoidable and unnecessary for this tragedy to persist. Starvation is not a mysterious plague whose causes we cannot discover. Starvation persists because we allow it to persist. We do not care enough to do what we claim is the right thing to do. And so they die.

Starvation is the one plague humanity faces that could be eradicated if we simply cared enough to each give a very small portion of our income. It requires an average of less than 50 cents per day from each Muslim and from each Christian to provide sufficient food and clean water for every one of the hundreds of millions of starving humans to live.

The cure is to care. Resources exist already in sufficient quantities to end this man-made plague. We can end starvation simply by caring and collaborating to put an end to it. There is a silver bullet to end the suffering: Care.

So the question that remains is: Do you care? Do you care enough about the values you claim to hold, about the God you claim to worship, and about the children He loves, to sacrifice a very small amount to save them from starvation?

Or who will do the job, if Muslims and Christians refuse to act? Will atheists do it? Maybe they will. Maybe they will put all the Muslims and Christians world to shame by doing what religionists fail to do. Or maybe most of you will continue to fail to do what God wants us to do, and will have no answer to give God on the day when He will ask, “Why did you not feed them?” That would be a sad and tragic day.

My name is David Rosenthal. I appeal to you, in the name of the starving, to care. The organization I represent is End Starvation Foundation. End Starvation Foundation intends to feed the starving, provide wells for drinking water, and establish relief centers and orphanages where needed, in nations where starvation is rampant. But we need you to collaborate. If you do not give to End Starvation Foundation, find a reputable group that really helps the starving, and give.

And God will bless you.

Although I can‘t really carry a tune, I will close by singing a song I wrote about the problem of worldwide starvation, titled A Dollar a Day. Please listen to the lyrics and let your heart be moved.

[The following are the lyrics to the song]

Millions of children are dying right now

For lack of some beans or a bowlful of grain

The cost of survival’s so low but somehow

It seems that so few are aware of their pain.

I think that so few are aware because I

Prefer to believe they don’t know what goes on

Don’t know that so many poor people must die

Because they don’t have enough food to live on.

And I think that because the world isn’t aware

That for this sole reason the world doesn’t give

And that it’s not because they just do not care

That children are dying whom we could help live.

If the world knew the starving ones all could be fed

Sufficiently on what we daily discard

On some black beans and rice or a loaf of stale bread-

I know it’s not due to their hearts being hard.

I know that you will do what’s within your power

To transform the world at this critical hour

When one person in nine is now fading away

For the terrible lack of a dollar a day.

A dollar a day is what it takes to feed

A starving young child in this hour of need

For a dollar a day you could be that ones saint

Save his life, change his world, and end his lament.

A dollar a day you now throw away

A dollar a day you don’t need

But a dollar a day is a miracle

That all of the starving could feed.

A beautiful sunset bore witness today

Of one hundred thousand who faded away

Because they had nothing to drink or to eat

They starved slowly to death and fell at our feet.

Millions of children are starving to death

As one in nine people are starving on Earth

And we could save them all with a dollar a day

But we avert our eyes while they’re fading away.

Remember we’ll stand someday before the throne

Of the One whom these victims describes as his own

And his anger will burn as He judges those who

Did not feed his sheep as He told us to do.

Antholgy Coming

Today I sent the manuscript to Xulon Press with 92 poems and songs, and about 19 illustrations by Joseph Chacon. They tell me it should be availble to purchase before Christmas.

Last Tuesday I met with Chris from Rejoice Christian Ministries to discuss the poduction of music for the songs and related ideas. But I have not heard back from him since. He gave me some ideas for seeking collaborators. It should be challenging.

AMTRUST Bank has a merchant account that will serve to kick off the operation, though Wells Fargo’s rules will not permit it until the 501(C)3 were approved.

It has been a couple of weeks since any new songs came to me. I need to send more letters seeking sponsors.