How do we support the starving globally
Introduction: How are we feeding the starving?
This study required examining two aspects of feeding the world’s starving. One is the analysis of the starving with all the challenges, and humanity’s effort to feed them. The second is how the work of feeding the poor affects those doing it. A multifarious approach, but I could find no way to separate them because in the end, Humanity feeds the starving and both features are benefits of the effort. It is as if the starving is fed and the rescuers get nourishment for their souls, reenergizing them initiate the cycle, to make the great effort again.
Humanities apathy is no where to be found in their ranks, only dedicated service to the Lord. These rescuers reciprocate God’s love with their faith. We feed the starving in thousands of ways, but yet the effort seems organized as one effort, the network that feeds billions is complex. The needy are starving, the missionary is living near them and constantly reaching out to help all, The charities and organizations are distributing the food from the providers to the missionaries. The food providers, take for instance Feed My Starving Children or
http://fmsc.org develop, produce, provide, distribute, and sometimes give when there is no other method, food, millions upon millions of meals.
Before we tackle the entrée, we will take a quick look at the rating services. They provide a way to understand who, and how, and how well. The rating guides your insight on the ethical, and fiscal actions of most charities.
Due diligence can begin to be satisfied with a visit to the web sites of two main rating services and another for cross reference as needed. I believe some in-depth study of internet search engines for swindles or fraud associated with the donor’s perspective charity followed by a through reading of the organizations web site is prudent. With all things we do, our common sense should be able to provide a thumb down or up.
Charity Navigator (
www.charitynavigator.org) Charity Navigator is America’s largest rating service by far with over 6 million searches annually. This incredible workload drives them constantly expanding their ability to analyze in depth the fiscal responsibility, and sincere ethical reporting of charities worldwide. Founded by a successful businessman spurred to invention by past charity frauds, Mr. Dugan strove to provide the ability for average citizen donors to rate perspective charities free. In 2002, Charity Navigator began to provide this internet service and the debate began. If an organization’s budget is at one million and over, then Charity Navigator will provide inclusive documentation for your search.
By typing the charity’s name into the sites search engine, I was in turn provided a very detailed analysis of the charity I am researching. The search engine is in the top portion of the first page and the remainder of the site tells about Charity Navigator and its history and metrics used to create a cohesive rating, assuredly, it is mathematics. The website is full of tips for donors and explanations of challenge of contributing to worthy causes and not becoming bamboozled. The three-page assessment covered every aspect of fiscal health and weighs ethical reporting of costs used by the analyzed charity. Use this one time and you will see what I mean.
Charity Navigator is a non-profit relying on donors who feel the service is invaluable and available directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 201, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.
#The Charity Rater http://goodintents.org/the-charity-rater provides another source for analyzing fiscal health and ethical reporting. The format is a ten-minute survey that relies on an open website. Inquiring donors answer the survey with the charity’s web site for reference and receive an aggregate study. I felt my data entry was vague so in turn, my search was as well.
http://www.guidestar.org/Home.aspxprovides in-depth analysis at a premium $750.00 a year, but the product is sufficient for government grant applications. It also offers a free search using the steps outlined in an email from GuideStar Information Services-Info@GuideStar.org GuideStar maintains an online database of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. You can use GuideStar to find the contact information for an organization, if available. To find an organization on GuideStar: 1. create a free account and sign in at http://www.guidestar.org 2. Enter the name, Employer Identification Number (EIN), or related keyword in the search field and click “Start Your Search.” To narrow the search, you can click the advanced search link and enter the state code where you live. 3. On the search results page, click on the name of the nonprofit you are interested in. 4. In the organization’s nonprofit report, there will be multiple tabs you can click on to find information and Forms 990. 5. Contact information, if available, can be found on the ‘Summary’ tab. Let us put some of this technology to work.
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Feed My Starving Children
*Counting volunteer labor as a donation, Feed My Starving Children spends 92% of total donations directly on the feeding and the food to do it.
The juggernaut food producer
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) produces nutritious food, formulas, developed by food scientists to reverse and prevent malnutrition. Feed My Starving Children MobilePackTM events allow people across the United States to pack life-giving meals to feed the starving overseas and at home. They have a rice-based meal and potato based meal scientifically produced for maximum nutrition.
This charity is an expert on the plight and management of people starving. They provide self-subsistence programs that teach and supply the unique agricultural needs of all the starving zones being managed. In 2012, more than 177,000 MobilePackTM volunteers packed over 41 million meals, with 204 events in over 30+ states. That is an incredible feat, but there is a great deal more.
Another avenue their product distributes is the six permanent packing stations. Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has six permanent food-packing sites, and a nationwide MobilePackTM program. They also donate food by a food-aid application available on their site. When budget constraints permit they provide food out of pocket for food banks and other organizations in need.
Permanent packing sites are in Coon Rapids, MN (corporate headquarters), Chanhassen, MN, Aurora, IL Libertyville, IL, Schaumburg, IL, Tempe; AZ. With all eight cylinders roaring, FMSC produced 163 million meals in 2012, of which 99.6% of meals arrived securely worldwide.
The meals are donated to missions and humanitarian organizations in 55+ countries, who distribute the food to those with critical need. On the fmsc.org website I gleaned “Nutrition is philanthropy’s best investment, yielding $30 for every $1 due to the education and self-reliance made possible by the healthy mental and physical development of children.” The ingenious systems the network utilizes make the enormous impact possible.
In short, Feed My Starving Children provide the product, and distribute with charities local to the starving zone. Either at one of the permanent packing stations or at any organization who wish supply 500 volunteers to pack and enough capital to purchase 100,000 meals at 22 cents per meal or less. The organization uses the 500 volunteers to pack 100,000 meals in one, long day. They have to have a structure to pack in under cover and a loading dock to receive the semi truck from Feed My Starving Children full of bulk food in boxes ready to pack.
Now we can look at the partners in this network, armies of people feeding the world’s starving.
http://www.actioninternational.org/about-us/finances-accountability Action International Ministries provides ample financial records, and they are a large, successful operation. This organization has shown world-class hospitality to me, my book, and ultimately you. After having conversations with some of the missionaries and others familiar to missionary work I am sold, they do great work.
In 1961, Will Bruce along with nine other missionaries and pastors in Manila decided to form Christ for Greater Manila (CGM).
Doug & Margi Nichols began to direct CGM in 1972 during a time of profound expansion of programs to reach more people. Doug began, the outreach expanded to jail ministry, ministry to street children, and prostitutes, church planting among the poor, Gospel ads, evangelism, discipleship, vocational training for street children, literature work, bookstores, and opening of the Bible League.
In 2013, this genuine humanitarian effort has over 260 members from eighteen different countries, with ministries in over twenty-five countries, all of them committed to fulfilling the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ as given in Matthew 28:18-20,
18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Later on we will be reading affirmations and other responses to questions I posed to several different groups, in this Brian Stewart provides a collection of evangelistic wisdom that Mr. Nichols wrote, real-life experiences of his amazing work that touched my heart.
ACTS ALLOWING CHRIST TO SHINE
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GuideStar Premium Report , but there was not a lot of information available. The main thing I found is that they are registered with the IRS and in good standing. There were no negatives and the organization is providing food for the starving, body, mind, and spirit.
ACTS Allowing Christ to shine
Providing loving care for the most vulnerable children in Haiti. ACTS distributes food to orphans and families in Haiti with a school lunch program. Due to the dire conditions, often this is the only food they see. ACTS not only feeds the starving, but also creates the opportunity to educate the future leaders of Haiti by bringing the word and love of the Lord by providing shelter, education, food.
THE AMERICAN-HAITIAN FOUNDATION
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The American Haitian Foundation
(“AHF”) is a United States-based non-profit, 501c3* charitable foundation. Since it was founded in 2000, AHF has raised more than $5 million to build a school, homes, churches, roads, bridges, as well as educate and feed thousands of children each year.
Being unique as these organizations are they have at least one common denominator, they feed the starving the FMSC food products specifically designed by scientist from the food industry. The life-risking work of missionaries is not for sissies. By rushing to the world’s disaster zones, they may face possible violence, and disease, but the love that drives them overpowers fear. Be it love for the Lord, the suffering, or for the culture it is the only reason the work is done
BREAD FOR A HUNGRY WORLD INC
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Started in 1984, Bread for a Hungry World brings needed supplies to disaster areas, developing a sustainable community where disaster has struck. Tree of Life is a foundation program that provides children food and education. The Tree of Life Program rescues children from child labor, and teaches the parents how to support and care alleviating the need for children to earn a living, now the parents can manage that without their children working. The Tree of Life Works with your donations by providing food, health care and education. Besides rudimentary studies, the children learn about farming and raising farm livestock like goats for food. This is a major goal for Givebread, developing a sustainable existence for the world’s starving.
http://www.brighthope.org/index Charity Navigator rated Bright Hope 63.37 overall out of a possible 70, accountability and ethical reporting was a perfect 70 out of 70.
Bright Hope’s mission is to bring Hope to those living on less than $1 a day
Founded in 1968, Bright Hope serves the extreme poor – those living on less than $1 a day, envisioning a world where under-resourced, indigenous churches transform their communities and bring hope to the extreme poor. Their efforts include a holistic program with physical aid, economic development, and spiritual growth in each of their partnerships in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Provided by Charity Navigator
|Buckner Foundation Internationalwww.buckner.orgBuckner Foundation seeks funds for Buckner International. Through Buckner’s fund-raising, public relations and marketing efforts, and it’s donors they finance the $100-million operating budget of Buckner International and its subsidiaries, Buckner Children, and Family Services, and Buckner Retirement Services.“We are here to help provide the hope and love of Christ to orphans, at-risk children, and families who have no hope for a better life – and connect them to people who want to help. something for those children. Our Foundation staff has the privilege of connecting your passion with opportunities to do something to impact the life of someone in desperate need.”“ We’re here because there are boys and girls who need us – but even more importantly – we’re here because there are boys and girls who need you.”|
|Children’s Hunger Fund www.chfus.org||Score (out of 70)||Rating FYE 12/2011|
’s Hunger Fund
(CHF) has practiced Gospel-Anchored mercy ministry for more than twenty years. Since 1991, 99% of CHF’s total contributions—over 1 billion dollars in food and other aid—have been distributed through programs serving more than 20 million children across America and around the world.
CHURCH OF BIBLE UNDERSTANDING
www.cbuhaiti.org Detailed Financial and People Data included in the GuideStar Premium Report , but there was not a lot of information available. The main thing I found is that they are registered with the IRS and in good standing. There were no negatives and the organization is providing food for the starving, body, mind, and spirit.
A small Christian fellowship with a primary goal to spread the Gospel to all who will receive it, and to find others who are of the same mind. It has been almost 30 years since starting their first orphanage in Haiti. Since then, through the grace of God, our work has prospered and grown, and now have around 160 children in two houses. In addition, they support other orphanages through weekly food deliveries and more. In this way, they provide aid to hundreds of needy orphans in addition to the 160 in their care. If you are interested in contributing to this work in any way, or even if you would like to hear more about the Gospel, feel free to contact them (Haiti Telephone # 509-3-754-9411)
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http://www.convoyofhope.org/ Since 1994 Convoy of Hope began in 1994 have served more than fifty-five million people through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. Working worldwide the Convoy of Hope is feeding the world’s starving and relieving suffering with a multi-faceted program.
Currently, more than 120,000+ children find survival in the Convoy of Hope feeding initiatives. Covering a lot of territory they have programs in El Salvador, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. The feeding initiatives provide good nutrition, clean and safe drinking water, and instruction on agricultural techniques, healthy living environments, and education. Leading armies of volunteers providing disaster assistance and community outreach, their operation in the war on poverty provides much-needed food, supplies and hope to the impoverished, and suffering.
http://www.counterpart.org/ This organization is potentially eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator in the future., but not yet.
Working around the world with 2,600 local organizations of all types with a similar vision of strong, vibrant communities. By working with Counterpart, these organizations can independently deliver and expand the value they bring to their communities. They solve a local organization’s problems by building local leaders and organizations who solve their own problems, with some temporary assistance. They are currently partnering with 2,600 local organizations of all types, worldwide, that have a similar vision of strong, vibrant communities. By working with Counterpart, these organizations can independently deliver – and expand – the value they bring to their communities. They don’t solve a local organization’s problems. Instead, build local leaders and organizations who solve their own problems, with temporary assistance. Organizational specialists come in handy when you need to wrap your head around a complex issue.
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Http://www.fabretto.org/ Fabretto is three legal entities: the Fabretto Children’s Foundation in the United States, La Familia Padre Fabretto in Nicaragua, and Fundación Fabretto in Spain. They work together enabling impoverished Nicaraguan children, and families break the cycle of poverty by serving approximately 10,000 children and their families from 6 Fabretto centers and more than 50 public elementary schools. Program’s Successes: More than 10,500 students in more than 50 schools and 7 Fabretto centers receive a daily school lunch. More than 84% of children who receive school lunch have a growth pattern. Nine primary schools work with school gardens as part of productive initiatives 675 high school students are in the SAT program, learning about sustainable production techniques. Producer networks are in the pilot phase, as well as early nutrition programming.
Family Outreach Ministries International
is potentially eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator in the future. http://www.familyoutreachinternational.org/home.aspx?igid=149464&iid=149483
In 2004 and 2005, Family Outreach brought together a slew of International Organizations to obtain donations of food, USDA dry milk, clothes, medical supplies, and medicines to distribute to needy schools, orphanages, and clinics throughout Haiti.
In past school years, Family Outreach fed a hot school lunch to over 20,000 schoolchildren in Jeremie, Haiti. Most all of the regional schools and orphanages were participating. On January 12, 2010 when Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake, Family Outreach was ready on the ground distributing air lifted medical supplies, and preparing containers of relief goods. Mother Rose has recruited many volunteers into humanitarian relief and development. Today, this network assists 3 major orphanages in Port-Au-Prince they founded, a hospital, various clinics, and nearly 100 schools throughout the country.
Food for the Poor
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Food for the Poor operates several feeding centers as well as community and school feeding programs in the countries they serve. For the poor, the meals at a Food for the Poor feeding center are the only nourishment he or she receives that day.
For more than 20 years, Food for the Poor’s Port-au-Prince feeding center has provided daily meals to thousands of poverty-stricken Haitians. Open Monday through Saturday, the center’s cooks begin work at 6:30 a.m., preparing enough food for more than 14,000 meals each day. Two to three thousand people line up daily to receive food to take home to their families, which typically include five to eight children and adults.
School feeding programs in countries like Jamaica also offer much-needed nutrition to young children
http://www.forhaitiwithlove.org/ For Haiti with Love this organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues.
“Burned babies are too frequent a sight, sometimes quite extensive. People often ask, “Why so many burns?” The answer is as complex, of course, as the culture. However, with open charcoal cooking, often on the ground, babies fall into the pots of boiling water, into the boiling rice, just into the charcoal itself sometimes. Accidents happen and where there are many people and many open fires, there are many burns.”
When I read this on their web site the illumination of what I am writing about blinded me. In my mind’s eye the vision of fires burning orange, red, and blue blaze like molten lava through the night, twinkling in the valleys and up the mountains, boiling hot on street corners and alleys. What a challenge for the poor to keep their children safe, and survive.
“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, 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
Then shall the righteous answer him saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger, invite you in or needing clothes, and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?
The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, and you did for me.”
Child of Destiny is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is
Six years ago, based in California based Child of Destiny started the Jubilee Children Center in Nairobi, Kenya. Jubilee Children Center is a locally registered faith-community based organization caring for almost 200 orphans, but have expanded the facility to accommodate over 800. Licensed and accredited by the Kenya Government, the Jubilee Children Center in Kenya is to operate as a charity providing for AIDS-affected orphans in dire need.
Beginning on a 20-acre plot of land, they drilled a 300 ft well to provide clean drinking water for the orphanage and the surrounding communities of 70,000. They built separate boy and girl dormitories, a 10-classroom primary school and administration center and a library. Child of Destiny also built a 20-acre drip-irrigation farming operation to supply food to the community and make strides towards sustainable living there. “One changed child changes their family: changed families breathe life into their churches; vibrant churches influence their communities; and enough changed communities change a nation. That is what each one of us is uniquely called and equipped to do.” * quoted from childofdestinyonline.com
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The organization’s mission is to change the world’s hurting and forgotten children by giving them hope. These children know horrors most children will never know. By providing aid where war, natural disasters, and disease wreak havoc, Children’s Cup shares hope in the love of Jesus Christ. Food, shelter, medicine, and education are not enough to heal their emotions. Many of the children suffer a childhood injury or preventable disease that steals any hope escaping poverty, and for some their lives. This is a vital step to achieve.
Education is the next step in the process of developing each child; educating orphans helps them begin life with some tools to survive.
As children attend Bible clubs at the Care Points, they learn that God has a plan for them, and hope takes root in their lives. Once hope has taken root in their lives, we help the children turn their focus outward to helping and serving others. Leadership development focuses their ability to serve God and others with their unique talents.
http://globalaid.net/ Global Aid Network (GAIN) is a multi-national network of ministries serving to demonstrate the love of God, through word and deed, to hurting and needy people around the world through relief and development projects.
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As the humanitarian aid arm of Campus Crusade for Christ International, the worldwide ministry of GAIN provides vital physical needs in areas of poverty, despair. Providing hope through evangelistic outreach for the beleaguered spirits is the enduring gift empowering the poor. GAIN works with existing Campus Crusade for Christ ministries, local churches, missionaries, and other agencies to distribute compassionate aid Globally. GAIN oversees projects in more than 30 countries distributing greater than $125 million worth of aid while mobilizing more than 10,000 short-term mission participants to foreign lands.
http://globalorphanoutreach.com/ Global Orphan Outreach Inc.is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Global continue to strive to align with others to empower, encourage, partner, and bring hope to families.
Donna Barber (Founder and Executive Director)
Humanitarian, advocate, and mom to 10 children ages 5-24yrs. I am compassion driven about global issues involving children and families in need. Time, talent, or treasures, -what will you do with what you have?
http://www.gracemissionpage.org/ is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet their criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues.
The mission of Grace Mission to Haiti, Inc. is to encourage, equip, and enable Christians and churches in America to come alongside indigenous Haitian churches in their efforts in evangelism. Beside church planting and Christian education, they feed the poor and pray with the sick for healing, share material provisions, and participate in short term missions trips providing for humanitarian needs for the Haitian church.
Grace Mission has a history that spans over 37 years of ministry beginning in 1976 in an effort to help one church in Haiti, and extending today to 32 churches, 13 schools, a medical program and medical clinic, a food distribution program and a Bible Institute.
http://harvesthandsministries.org/ Harvest Hands Ministries is a conservative, non-denominational ministry upholding traditional Biblical values. It is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization founded by Garry and Terese Mathewson in August 1999.
Since its inception, Harvest Hands Ministries has sought to share God’s love by meeting the needs of the hungry and oppressed people in the Juarez area through feeding programs, a student sponsorship program, and the distribution of clothing, medical care, and personal items. In addition, HHM has supported local churches with Sunday school materials, pastoral support, and Vacation Bible School programs. Currently, HHM has completed construction of a children’s shelter, Resplandor De Vida, which is a home to 24 needy and impoverished children. Work is underway on additional living facilities, which will double its capacity.
http://www.haitichildsponsorship.org/hcs/Home_1.htmlThis organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues.Haiti Child Sponsorship is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that serves over 1,200 children of Pele, one of the poorest areas in the hemisphere’s poorest country. There is no other school in Pele and food is scarce. The Good Shepherd School (or École Baptiste Bon Berger in Haitian Creole), which receives all of its funding from Child Sponsorship, provides a glimmer of hope to an utterly impoverished community.
http://www.actioninternational.org/ (ACTION) is a global mission agency committed to sending multi-national missionaries who treasure Jesus Christ and minister His Gospel in word and deed, primarily to the poor. Our three-prong strategy for urban ministry can be defined under three headings: evangelism, discipleship, and development. The mission currently has over 260 missionaries (and many other team members) in 25 countries. ACTION’s prayer target is for 221 additional missionaries to join them in the vital task of world missions, for the glory of God!
is potentially eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator in the future.
Imagine feeding your child a dirt cookie. There is a severe food shortage in Haiti. Many parents are not able to provide the basics of one meal a day for their children. To keep children from crying from hunger, they eat cookies made of dirt and vegetable oil to fill up and trick their tummies into feeling full… can you even imagine?
Healing Haiti is providing emergency food relief to Haiti with Feed My Starving Children. Since 2008, Healing Haiti has delivered 682,000 meals, or 54 tons, to schools, orphanages, and families in need.
Upon completion of Grace Village, a Feeding Program will feed an additional 75-125 street child in Titanyen. Children attending school typically receive one meal a day at school, but children who live on the streets or whose families cannot afford to send them to school often times go hungry. Over 100 adults, children, family, and friends came to help Healing Haiti re-pack 273,000 meals donated from Feed My Starving Children into water buckets for Haiti.
Many of these orphan children may not be adopted, but Healing Haiti is committed to equipping them to live a God centered life, one with significance.
|Heart for Africahttp://www.heartforafrica.org/||
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Heart for Africa’s Children’s Home Sponsorship Program provides the priceless opportunity to make a measurable difference in the life of a child in Africa. Through the home sponsorship program, each child living in one of the homes Heart for Africa partners with is provided the necessities of life including clothing, three meals a day, a bed, a quality education, and hope for the future. Heart for Africa partner homes provides an environment of love and hope for orphans in Kenya and Swaziland. Through home sponsorship, the immediate as well as long-term needs addressed for the children at the sponsored home. The homes are committed to honesty and openness in supporting their children. Sponsors can trust that the financial resources received are used with the highest level of integrity. Heart for Africa travels to these homes and assists in developing the whole child by providing comprehensive opportunities for educational advancement greatly improving the quality of life for a child and giving them HOPE for a future.
http://www.hhafonline.org/HomePage.html Our organization is a collaborative effort, comprised of two distinct teams: Health & Humanitarian. These two teams work symbiotically to establish a better quality of life for Ghanaians. The Health & Humanitarian Aid Foundation is dedicated to providing medical & humanitarian aid to those whose lives have been affected by famine, poverty and disaster in Ghana. With a team of highly specialized doctors, nurses and humanitarian workers, HHAF provides medical, surgical, nutritional, and educational programs to improve the lives of underprivileged people around the world.
http://www.hope4kidsinternational.org/ Over a billion people in this world struggle to survive without the basic life essentials: food, water, shelter, healthcare, and education. Millions have no access to clean water and countless are dying from preventable and treatable diseases. We are committed to serving impoverished communities by leading teams of volunteers on two-week mission trips equipped with basic provisions. In addition, we have established economic, spiritual, orphan, and feeding programs in effort to carry our message of hope
http://www.hopeforthecity.org/eurl.axd/9634b979be2e47449ef30673ce606efe Hope for the City
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Improving lives by distributing corporate surplus to organizations that provide support to those in need next door and around the world. Hope for the City began in 2000 by Megan and Dennis Doyle. As with all great social entrepreneurs, they had a vision. Where others saw corporate surplus as a problem, they saw an opportunity. They knew corporate surplus could have a life in the caring hands of the community-based non-profits they faithfully supported. Since its inception, Hope for the City has given more than $480 million in wholesale value of goods to organizations serving those in need, saving valuable resources from our landfills, and giving hope to people in need in local communities and beyond.
http://www.hungerplus.org/ Hunger Plus, Inc. is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is not required to file the full IRS Form 990. It is required to file a form 990-N. This form provides some information, but it lacks the level of data we require to issue a rating. PROVIDE FOOD TO STARVING PEOPLE DOMESTICALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY AND DEVELOPING PROGRAMS FOR SELFSUFFICIENCY.
http://ihcd.org/ The Institute for Human and Community Development integrates extremely marginalized children into mainstream Haitian society through the provision of a holistic package of educational, nutritional, and social services. Since 1999, IHCD has served thousands of children living in servitude, abject poverty, and dislocation. IHCD aims to enrich the quality of life of Haitian youths/adults in the United States and in Haiti by providing educational seminars and training to promote health, harmony, social change, and social justice in a nurturing and caring environment.
http://www.imohaiti.org/ International Missions Outreach has medical clinics that treat over 10,000 patients annually. Dr. James Mears, Dr. Jon Sullivan, and Dr. Tom Morgan come with assistants and medical teams to help meet the physical needs of the Haitian people. Weekly clinics are held in the central and northern parts of Haiti. These doctors and nurses see patients with many different illnesses. They make ends meet the needs with the medicines available.
http://www.joychurch.com/ Joy Christian Fellowship, Inc. is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is not required to file the full IRS Form 990. As a result, we lack sufficient data to evaluate it. The first 40-foot food-shipping container is now at Norfolk, USA! It is scheduled onto the Maersk Visby today. You may be wondering, what is the church doing with a shipping container? Well, we have obtained 20 tons of food aid and loaded it into the container, bound for Zimbabwe. The food donated to Voice of Peace Organization, a charity led by Ps Tatenda Gunguwo, will be used to help 2,000 plus children in need. Pray for the smooth delivery of the container to Harare, Zimbabwe. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.kpuminc.org/ This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is not required to file the full IRS Form 990. It is required to file a form 990-N. This form provides some information, but it lacks the level of data we require to issue a rating.
Ka-philippe Universal Ministry, Inc. has a mission to teach the kids in Haiti while meeting families’ basic needs by providing food, clothing, education, and shelter. As part of our mission, we will foster a climate of growth and personal development that inspires positive change and the desire to live honorably within our youth, families, and advocates.
http://www.caremin.com/ Since 1992, ICM has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of ultra poor Filipinos in thousands of slum communities across the Philippines. After participating in our transforming values, health and livelihood training, our families experience:
– 85% reduction in reported physical abuse – 22% reduction in reported serious illnesses – 61% increase in household income
In 2012-2013, ICM has provided training to 745 communities, impacting over 115,000 family members. This charity is very effective and a superb effort.
Every year Lifeline ships love bundles to Haiti that consists of things such as a simple plan of salvation pamphlet, toys, hygienic essentials, and a jar of peanut butter. You can make a difference by putting together a Love Bundle or you can
http://www.childrenslifeline.com/help-us/ every year Lifeline ships love bundles to Haiti that consists of things such as a simple plan of salvation pamphlet, toys, and hygienic essentials.
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Children’s Lifeline provides solid Biblical teaching, food, clothing, medical supplies, and facilities for educational assistance for the underprivileged children and their families in underdeveloped areas in HAITI. We have many professionals from a wide range of fields that help demonstrate deep wisdom, trustworthiness, and total unselfish giving of themselves in bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of these lands. Our hope is that the children that are being fed and trained by Children’s Lifeline will become the future teachers, preachers, and businesspersons of Haiti. Lifeline works with a large staff of volunteers from all over the country to make a better life for the people of Haiti.
http://www.livinghopehaiti.com/ Living Hope Haiti Christian Mission. We are a 501 (C) (3) charitable organization that serves the greater St. Michel area of Northern Haiti. Living Hope Haiti Christian Mission exists to witness the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Northern Haiti (St. Michel area) through education and medical services.
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http://www.loveachild.com/ Love A Child, Inc. is a Christian humanitarian organization working to spread the word of God and show the love of Jesus by example, as we minister to the poorest of the poor in Haiti. With the help of our partners, our outreach programs have established 15 churches in remote villages. We started and operate 15 Love a Child schools educating and feeding over 5,000 children each day. Love a Child conducts food distribution programs that feed thousands of Haitian families; hold remote medical clinics and operate a regional medical clinic; and operate a top-rated orphanage which is now home to more than 70 Haitian children. We oversee many other projects to benefit the poor in Haiti. We have great hope for these children and families. Our dream is for them to grow up as strong Christians and receive the best possible education, even college.
http://www.medmissionaries.org/ Medical Missionaries, Inc. is potentially eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator in the future. Medical Missionaries, a 501(c) (3) company, is a volunteer group of more than 200 doctors, nurses, dentists, and others who work to improve the health of the poorest of the poor in the U.S. and throughout the world. We provide medical care and medical supplies, clothing and food to the areas we serve.
One area of focus has been along the Haiti-Dominican Republic border. We built and support a clinic (hospital) in Thomassique, Haiti, the first medical facility in this region of more than 125,000 people. We also work with the local residents to provide other health-related projects.
http://www.mohhaiti.org/ Mission of Hope is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is not required to file the full IRS Form 990. As a result, we lack sufficient data to evaluate it.
Haiti is a 501c3 through our partnership with Convoy of Hope, and over 300 partners in country, we are able to feed over 54,000 meals a day now to children in schools and orphanages throughout Haiti. For many children, a school time meal provided by Mission of Hope may be the only food they receive during the day. The program allows us to provide meals, vitamins, health education, and hope in Jesus to a generation in need in a way that is economically responsible and beneficial to our communities.
http://www.missionaryflights.org/This organization is potentially eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator in the future. January 12, 2013 was the third anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. On that fateful afternoon in 2010, when the earthquake struck, over 200,000 people died. The world and MFI began to respond to the urgent needs of the people in Haiti MFI, with the help of many of our aviation friends, filled the skies with aircraft transporting 2 million pounds of supplies and a several thousand medical workers to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Now, three years later, MFI is still helping Haiti recover. On Saturday January 12, 2013, MFI hosted a food-packing event in cooperation with Feed My Starving Children. Over 500 volunteers arrived from the local community and packed 108,000 meals for the children in Haiti. MFI will transport the packaged food to the schools in Haiti where it will be prepared and given to the children.
|Charity NavigatorScore (out of 70)Rating FYE 12/2011Overall 41.39Financial41.80Accountability & Transparency41.00|
http://www.newdirections.org/home/ New Directions International (NDI) is an evangelical mission organization that connects followers of Christ with strategic leaders overseas to help fulfill the Great Commission. Feed the Hunger is the children’s ministry of NDI. Many at-risk children in under-developed countries have three types of hunger: spiritual, physical, and educational. The overseas leaders that we work with have the ability to help these needy children – and so do you. You also have a hunger to make a difference for eternity. You can rescue the lives of these children by participating in food packing events called Pack-A-Thons, going on a mission trip, and investing your resources.
http://www.newgenerationhaiti.org/ Guidestar shows that this organization is a charity required to file form 990 with IRS. The mission at New Generation MINISTRIEs is “To come alongside the people of Haiti to help them help themselves attain a sustainable life in Christ, with a real hope for the future.” Accomplishments include The Good Shepherd Children’s Village, Schools, The Life Giving Church, a medical clinic, and well-drilling. “We are not going to do it for them; we are going to help them do it.”
http://www.nvministry.org/ New Vision Church and School of Ministry of deliverance and healing have had MobilePack events
http://nafecus.org/greeting NORTHEAST ASIA FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION AND CULTURE is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Mission includes relief work for N. Korea children, Myanmar, Mongolia Mission, Native missionary scholarship support, YUST missionary support at nafec in LA.
http://nwhcm.org/# Northwest Haiti Christian Mission Inc. is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is not required to file the full IRS Form 990. As a result, we lack sufficient data to evaluate it. Serving tens of thousands of people across Northwest Haiti regardless of their age, gender, or religion. We do so through a diverse collection of programs that include – among others – primary schools, feeding projects, orphanages, medical clinics, church planting, a Bible college, and agricultural development.
http://www.obrienschool.com/Home.html O’Brien School for the Maasai . The mission of the O’Brien School is to empower the future of the children of a Maasai community. Obrien School provides an education emphasizing modern health standards, English language instruction, entrepreneurial and vocational training, sustainable agricultural methods, and honesty and respect for fellow human beings. The Maasai tribe of Sanya Station, Tanzania, Africa has lived as herdsmen for centuries, humble and uneducated. Understanding the influence of tribal women on the success of our project, we offer skills-building programs to help them support their rise out of poverty. Their role will be instrumental in inspiring their children to become the next generation of leaders in Tanzania, Africa – and the world.
http://www.ocministries.com/home.htm OC Ministries has continually expanded their endeavor to build schools, churches, clinics, and wells in West Africa.
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http://www.ob.org/ Operation Blessing International (OBI) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) humanitarian organization with a mission to demonstrate God’s love by alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. Beginning in 1978 and headquartered in the United States, OBI provides strategic relief in 23 countries around the world on a daily basis, implementing programs that include hunger relief, clean water, orphan care, medical aid, disaster relief, and community development.
http://www.oihonline.org/home1.aspx This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Orphans International Helpline began in 2003 to provide shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and Christian education to Haiti’s orphans. Located in Bombardopolis, Haiti (northwest of Haiti)Introduce the gospel of Jesus Christ to rural HaitiReflect Christ’s character while working throughout Haitidistributing food and clothing to the community, funded 100% through donations. One hundred percent of donation is applied as you request. The majority of work is done by volunteers, publishing monthly OIH newsletters, andgoverned by Board of Directors (all volunteers). Registered as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization in Michigan.
http://www.orphanetwork.org/ ORPHANetwork is pleased to report in 2010, 89 cents of every dollar given to us went to support our Nicaraguan partners and the children. An independent Board of Directors with measures in place to ensure financial transparency and integrity guides us. We work closely with our partner churches and organizations managing each orphanage’s budget ensuring the bottom line. Orphan Network is listed on Guide Star their Form 990 is public and they are members of the Christian Alliance for Orphans
http://www.outreachasia.org This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Mike and Gina Peck founded Outreach Asia, Inc. Outreach Asia in 2000. The mission is to improve the lives of the least fortunate in developing countries in Southeast Asia. In order to make the biggest difference, we focus our efforts on programs that build capacity, such as child and educational sponsorships, classrooms, housing, water systems, livelihood programs and medical assistance. Outreach Asia is an entirely volunteer organization whose administration costs represent less than 4% of our total yearly budget.
http://outsidethebowl.org/ This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn about our criteria for evaluating charities Outside the Bowl is an innovative food provider with a super kitchen that can provide more than 8000 meals a day; it is a kit and goes together fast and inexpensively. They use many more innovative programs that are super.*INNOVATOR*
http://www.palawanorphanage.org/United Methodist Church, General Board of Global MinistriesThis organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is not required to file the full IRS Form 990. As a result, we lack sufficient data to evaluate it. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn about our criteria for evaluating charities On behalf of the Forest Lake UMC, Bro. Jeff is in the Philippines making visits with various pastors, bishops, orphanages, schools, and demonstrating new food grinder technology from CTI (Compatible Technology International). CTI has collaborated with Feed My Starving Children and has blessed third world countries with CTI Omega VI Food Grinders.
http://www.padf.org/ Guidestar search indicates that Pan American Development Foundation is registered with the IRS.The Pan American Development Foundation empowers disadvantaged people and communities in Latin America and the Caribbean by enabling achievement in sustainable economic and social progress, strengthen their communities and civil society, and promote democracy and governance
For half a century, PADF’s innovative work has earned it a much-deserved reputation as a skilled implementer of programs that address key challenges in Latin American and the Caribbean. PADF has produced impressive results throughout the Western Hemisphere. With over $250 million leveraged in development funds in the last five years alone, PADF has helped spur national development partnerships, engage private and public sector resources in regional development, increase family incomes, and promote innovative links between communities and the private sector.
http://www.philoshealth.org/ Philos Health is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn about our criteria for evaluating charities. Philos Health is a nonprofit corporation formed in August 2004 to improve the health and well-being of people living in rural and under-served areas of the Philippines. Our founders are a group of health care providers and supportive community members in the San Francisco Bay Area. The development of a Community Radio Station with a health promotion focus, and employing a local Nurse/Health Educator, payment for Specialized Surgery and Treatment at out-of-area hospitals round out a complicated, but effective effort.
http://www.agathosfoundation.org/ This organization PILGRIMS MISSION INTERNATIONAL INC. is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because we require organizations to have filed at least 5 full years of form 990’s with the IRS and this charity has filed less than 5. In the future, this ineligibility may change. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn about our criteria for evaluating charities. Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy…” (Psalm 12)
To challenge despair, love boldly, and help African people create a future of sustainable prosperity and health. We give ourselves in service to others regardless of economic, religious, or social standing.
http://reachnow.net/ Reach Now International Inc. Is a 501-c3, Guidestar states that legitimacy information is available and that Reach Now reports annual revenue/expense. I think the numbers say alot469 x 40 (2×20′ loads) foot containers of food donated to our ministry for International projects (1/2 container for USA). 4 x 20 foot containers of rice sent to orphans/widows in Cambodia
Additionally Reach Now coordinated the obtainment/delivery of 142 x 40 foot containers (or 53′ semis) of food/other supplies for various projects/outreaches (Intl and US). These numbers not reflected in the meal total below or the container total above.
That totals 124.5 million
“Highly Nutritional Food Pack” meals sent to the desperate and devastated.
http://www.rminet.org/ Reciprocal Ministries International (RMI) develops reciprocal, cross-cultural, intimate, in-depth, ongoing, practical, and spiritual Sister Church Partnerships between evangelical churches located throughout Haiti and all across the United States. RMI is the layperson’s mission, preparing and enabling lay people to minister cross culturally through the Sister Church Program. Our purpose is to enable the Body of Christ to minister reciprocally through the sister church program in order to assist Christ’s Church towards maturity.
|http://risensaviormissions.org/rsm/home.html Risen Savior Missions is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is a Private Foundation. Private foundations receive the majority of their money from only one individual, family, or corporation. This of private differs from the public charities that Charity Navigator evaluates. Public charities have a broad base of support from the public as well as variety of other funding sources. The IRS requires that private foundations file a Form 990-PF, which differs from the document public charities file. This makes it impossible for us to compare the financial performance foundations to public charitiesRisen Savior Missions has shipped over 25 million donated children’s meals in the last 84 months for emergency humanitarian disaster relief in addition to over 500 sustained holistic feeding sites in the Philippines on an annual basis.Dedicated to help the poor of the Philippines, Risen Savior Mission’s Jerry and Barbarainvite you to explorehttp://risensaviormissions.org/rsm/home.html and examine all the real missionary stories, pictures and videos that were written and recorded by priests, sisters, ministers and lay missionaries. These accounts detail the plight of the beautiful, Christian children of the Philippines that are suffering from lack of food and its disease-related illnesses. They are starving and dying because of extreme poverty. Please join us to unite as Christians and save as many of these loving children as we can together!The mission is to glorify God and His churches through a multitude of holistic programmed feeding sites and continue helping thousands of starving, malnourished children of the Philippines to become healthy!Our mission work for the poor in the Philippines consists of five main areas: food for starving malnourished children, clean potable water to drink, facilitating the building of Christian school buildings and educational supplies, assistance for mission teams that medically serve the poor and fostering Christian spiritual development through existing churches. Because of our successful holistic feeding programs approach and all of our dedicated professionals in country distribution partners and thousands of volunteers, we have been able to see 90 to 95% of these hungry children fully recover so completely that they can walk, smile, laugh, sing, dance, play and return back to school once again.|
http://www.salesianmissions.org/ Salesians Bring Water and New Hope to Ethiopia
http://www.siofnica.org/This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is not required to file the full IRS Form 990. It is required to file a form 990-N. This form provides some information, but it lacks the level of data we require to issue a rating. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn about our criteria for evaluating charities.
Typically, a feeding program provides food to children at a church, school, or health clinic. Samaritans International staff delivers the food. Once prepared by community members who deliver and feed children in a loving environment. Opportunities to attend school, bible study and/or receive needed health care are discussed during the feeding program times. The mission is to reach the areas in Nicaragua where malnourishment and overall need is greatest. Our goal is not only to nourish children physically, but spiritually as well. The feeding centers encourage children to experience the love of Christ by providing them with the food they need to develop into physically healthy adults. We collaborate with Feed My Starving Children and Kids against Hunger to help provide meals to our feeding sites.
http://www.saveageneration.com/ This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn about our criteria for evaluating charities.
Founded before Hurricane Mitch devastated Nicaragua and the rest of Central America with torrential rainfall and strong winds, Save a Generation weathered dire times for El Salvador. The friends and sponsors of Save a Generation feed and provide medical attention to over 2,000 children each week in Honduras and Nicaragua. Over 60% of the children do not have a sponsor. The mission is to find a sponsor for the children that do not have one.
http://www.seedline.org/ This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn about our criteria for evaluating charities.The first time I saw the Scriptures coming off the press, God impressed upon my heart a burden to share the written Word with a lost world. From that burden was born Seedline International, a not-for-profit ministry that assists in printing, binding, and distributing copies of the Word of God to missionaries and mission churches all over the globe. Through Seedline International, you can fulfill the Great Commission and touch the world for Christ. Will you help spread the Word?
http://www.stmattslutheran.org/ This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn about our criteria for evaluating charities.Every January, a group from St. Matthew’s, walks in solidarity with members of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church. St. Matthew’s currently sponsors approximately 25 Salvadoran students enabling them to pursue secondary education. The students and their sponsors maintain a close and enduring relationship. On each January journey, the St. Matt’s group visits Casa Esperanza, a homeless shelter in San Salvador, which St. Matt’s supports financially. Recently we provided funding for a hydroponic garden, which significantly increases the nutritional value of meals served at the shelter.
http://sscf.us/ is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is not required to file the full IRS Form 990. It is required to file a form 990-N. St. Stephen’s Charitable Fund is a 501(c)3 approved non-profit humanitarian aid organization, based in Arkansas USA. It was chartered by the State of Arkansas in 2005 with a mission to support projects in developing countries, as well as in the United States, for the care of dependent children and seniors in need. It works primarily, but not exclusively, through agencies affiliated with the Catholic Church.
http://starfishministries.org/ This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn about our criteria for evaluating charities. Guidestar finds them legitimately filing IRS documents Starfish Ministries focus is on touching individual lives. It may not significantly affect the world’s poverty problem if one more child has a warm bed to sleep in tonight. The love a child receives in the Starfish Ministries Children’s Home or a Starfish Ministries sponsored school may not make a difference to those focused on the “big picture.” Nevertheless, we know it makes a difference to each child.
http://hopeofchildren.org/ This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is not required to file the full IRS Form 990. It is required to file a form 990-N. CharityGuide shows the charity submitting IRS forms. A charity in Uganda bringing hope in God’s love and nourishment of the body, mind, and spirit.
http://leastofthesemin.org/ This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Guidestar shows legitimacy and the ability to produce a premium report. Evangelist A non-denominational Christian based organization located in Westminster MD dedicated to carrying Christ’s message to the Haitian workers in the sugar cane, banana and plantain work camps within the Dominican Republic. The primary purpose of this ministry is to provide one meal per week to each person living in the Barahona area bateys
http://www.ventureexpeditions.org/ This charity is rated silver-level for its transparency by Guidestar. This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Evangelist. The stories of injustice drive Venture Expeditions to design campaigns that meet dire needs, restore dignity, and provide Christ’s hope. Through our work, we tell stories of injustice, mobilize active support, collaborate with responsible organizations, and establish sustainable “injustice-prevention” projects throughout the world.
http://www.w-c-n.org/ This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues. Guidestar finds the organization and declares them valid. This organization responds to disasters both domestic and international through local churches and partnerships with other relief organizations.
www.worldharvestcm.keepandshare.com Evangelist This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is not required to file the full IRS Form 990. While delivering Christ’s message of love for orphans, and street-children because most orphans and street-children have lost their families to the recent war. Needed in their lives (as in all of our lives) is a sense of love, safety, and belonging. Our aim is to build a sense of love, safety, and belonging initially through providing hot meals and a safe place to come to eat and sleep. After meeting the immediate needs, our mission intends to add schooling opportunities.
http://www.worldinneedtx.org/ Not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator, and rated a This organization is a Bronze-level GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency.
Bronze level charity, with Guidestar for its transparency.
WIN partners with corporations and individuals to collect food, medical and other supplies to distribute to needy people all over the world. Supplies distribute through a network of global partnerships, united by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
*After researching this army of organizations, I found some interesting things. In this group, all are missionaries, the vast majority being Christian. Through this past millennium, Christian missionaries fed the poor and evangelized the indigenous people worldwide. As the inquisition and such brutal persuasion eased, missionary work took hold as the official hand of conversion.
Humanity is plagued by apathy, and along with the struggle of good and evil have provided much debate. The percentage of the population involved in these activities varied, but the fact that some fed many is a constant of the ages. Dawning from innovative activities the missionaries applied the tools that were effective, everyone responds to love.
Due to evangelism being a vital component I included those who mainly evangelize or distribute Bibles, the missionaries base their accomplishments on it. Their outreach feeds the starving by bringing hope, and maybe a future with purpose.
Missionaries are a part of a community that is hard to truly comprehend. How their work effects their life and why they care is another common denominator. I have requested comments, and insight, which often are affirmations. and I am going to share them.
My Question below:
My name is Coleman Weeks and I am an author. I am writing a non-fiction book titled “How are we feeding the worlds starving?” and need your help. Not only will I explain the charity accomplishments, operation, and efficiency ratings, but we will apply equal effort on discussing how this work benefits the operators and participants spiritually.
I hope that this study will strengthen all of God’s people by explaining our fulfillment. In my meager role in the Lord’s plan, I have felt the hand of Jesus on my shoulder, and that provided me with confidence in my acts of kindness. I can only wonder about your spiritual fulfillment realized by the immense heavy lifting you accomplish.
Please take a moment to explain the gain of working for the Lord on your well being to encourage others to love their neighbors. I know you are very busy and I am asking a great deal, but my time is limited and your help is needed. Thank you for your time.
(239) 405-4339 or
Dear Mr. Weeks. Thank you for contacting us recently, telling us about your non-fiction book, “How are we feeding the world’s starving?” It sounds like an interesting work and one that you are committed.
As you may know, we distributed 14,000,000 meals to the hungry and needy people of Haiti last year. It is a large and important task and requires a lot of effort on many peoples’ parts in order to accomplish it. We are so blessed to have wonderful donors and sponsors who make it possible to serve these “least of them” for God’s Kingdom in Haiti. As Bobby and Sherry Burnette look back on their 28 years of service in the mission field, they recognize that everything that Love A Child has been able to do have been because of God and His faithfulness. Their time in the mission filed has been a great testimony to the power of living by Faith. When the Lord would put a new project into their hearts, they would not question it, or debate how it could ever be done. They went ahead with confidence knowing that since He had asked it, He would provide for it. Bobby and Sherry always say that serving the Lord, even in the harsh mission field of Haiti, is a Joy, it is not a burden. They see this to from so many of the short-term mission team members who come for days at a time to live as missionaries. When they are ready to leave to go back to their homes and families in the US, many say they got more out of their service than the people they served. Bobby frequently reminds us that only that which is done for the Kingdom is lasting. Bobby and Sherry have learned that when you live by Faith, you learn to demonstrate that “love is something that you do.” I hope these reflections help you in gaining material for your book, and I apologize for being so long to reply to your request for help. Please let us know if there is anything else, you think you may need.
Good luck with your book, and Best Blessings,
| Assistant Executive Director www.loveachild.com
The next response to my question was from Jerry and Barbara Krosnowski, directors and founders of Risen Savior Missions, for more insight on these Generals in evangelical army of missionaries
http://thecatholicspirit.com/special-sections/world-mission-sunday/asia-still-working-in-their-70s-to-raise-funds-for-children/ is a great source. In the July, 2013 newsletter below, Jerry describes what he sees as terror.
It is very unusual newsletter because these missionary pictures were at night in Manila. Did you know that RSM’s distribution partner TNK’s outreach with FMSC/RSM donated vitamin packed food, is the only full time charity in Manila doing this kind of work with Street children at such a grand scale 24/7. This makes us as an American charity and you as donors the only American charity shipping humanitarian relief food for this kind of missionary night work with the thousands of homeless and parentless Street children in cooperation with our Philippine partners in Manila
Our RSM missionary partners in Manila, such as TNK, report that the number of orphaned children living on the streets of Metro Manila is on the rise. Life on the streets for anyone is extremely difficult and dangerous, let alone for a young child in an area like Metro Manila, with a population of 11.5 million people and another 10 million people in the Greater Manila area. Every day brings the challenges of food, clothing, and shelter, and every night is a constant battle for survival. Starving children search everywhere, combing through garbage on the street for something to eat. Often they resort to licking clean the insides of discarded wrappers and containers, because their hunger is so great. Sleeping brings its own set of problems.
Many children have great difficulty finding a secure place to rest. They tend to congregate together for safety, sleeping between office buildings or near a busy intersection. There are many children like Fred and his friend, trying to sleep on makeshift cardboard mats in the entryway of a business. At nine years old, he chooses to sleep here where it is very polluted and noisy from traffic, just for safety. In another part of Metro Manila, Mary sleeps on the curb of a busy city intersection. Even though the vehicle traffic presents a terrible danger to her, it is the safest place she can find to rest her weary head.
Street Children in Manila
Other children choose to sleep in the cemeteries. These two boys are trying to get some sleep tonight on the above ground graves. They seek refuge in the cemetery in order to hide from street gangs and other predators. Orphaned children are easy prey to street gangs and human traffickers. They enslave the kids by injecting them with drugs and then force them into their “business” of prostitution.
Other orphans sell themselves in a well-known prostitution area of Manila just for a bowl of rice. The terror of physical abuse and the pain of intense starvation and loneliness can be overwhelming for these children. In order to escape the horrors, some kids will soak a rag in chemicals and hold it to their face or spray a substance in a plastic or paper bag and inhale the vapors. These boys are trying to forget their pain by sniffing vapors from nearly empty glue can found in a nearby city garbage dump.
RSM food distribution partners are combing the streets at night to aid these forgotten and neglected children. They work to find the orphaned street kids, apply first aid to their wounds and infections, and encourage them to come to one of our feeding program sites. Once we have gained their trust and they come for a good meal, we can get them the help they gravely need and work to place them in a loving home or in a safe orphanage.
Your prayers and donations enable us to continue this great work and save these homeless and parentless children living on the edge of darkness! Help us be the hope for thousands of these street children and end their suffering. They so desperately need us, and we heartily thank you on their behalf. May our work together be blessed!
With Love, Admiration and Respect,
Your brother and sister in Christ, Jerry and Barbara
Risen Savior Missions
Gerald and Barbara Krosnowski Chairman
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Risen Savior Missions
812 Springhill Drive
Burnsville, MN 55306
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I spoke with Jerry and Barbara through email and they were warm, caring people. I began to get my footing on this subject after those conversations, they made me feel welcome. One would have to admit, their newsletter was powerful message.
Next Bernie with Starfish Ministries shares his experience with us.
Sounds like an interesting project you are pursuing. I’m not sure if my thoughts and experience are what you are looking for but here goes.
For our ministry, Starfish Ministries, and me we did not have a plan to start a ministry. However trying to stay close to Jesus, He led us in this direction AND we obediently responded to His call. I Thes. 5:24 says, “Faithful is He who has called you and He also will bring it to pass”. God has called, He is faithful and He is bringing it to pass, and He is to receive the glory for all He is accomplishing in and through us. Our confidence is in the Faithful Lord. Our goal is not to focus on our own fulfillment but to focus on being obedient to whatever God asks of us. And of course, that has included reaching out and making a difference in the lives of 1000’s of needy Haitians.
I thank God for inviting us to be a small part of what He is doing in Haiti.
In His service,
Bernie’s message exposes the dedication to faith missionaries are blessed with. What Bernie did not tell you I will. Starfish Ministries is an intelligent organization that utilizes efficiency through strategy. They have an orphanage, they nurture, nourish, protect, and educate. They expanded that outreach to a school to empower a community with education and knowledge, stepping towards self-sustainability. Naturally they have a feeding program at the school providing the only meal those kids might get that day.
When the orphanage children are near maturity they are supported until they finish their education, many of them in Port au Prince and Starfish has built boys and girls homes to house them. Self-sustainability is not brand-new, but accomplishing it is Golden. They do a lot more, check out the website
Next, Jill gave me some direction and it was a good one. Jill is founding Director of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, which she started in 1989. She lobbied for laws enabling donors to donate without fear of legal actions. She founded the North Carolina hunters against hunger, the NC food recovery task force and is a renowned expert in hunger issues, she is an ordained Deacon at her church in Durham, N.C. and she took the time to share.
I was pleased to receive your email. I thought that you might be interested in this workshop at Duke Divinity School.
Jill Staton Bullard Co-founder CEO
www.foodshuttle.org 919 250-0043 x-3875
Summoned Toward Wholeness
A Conference on Food, Farming, and the Life of Faith
Duke Divinity School
September 27, 2013 to September 28, 2013 This event is hosted by Duke Divinity School,
Deanna Sutherland found my question noteworthy and explained to me precisely what I wish I said, but could not. I thank her for her concise view and sharing superb communication skills, this ole cowboy just didn’t have the words.
This is an example of the organizations working, so often the respondents to our query are the founders, directors, and senior executives who took the time to share, and revealing the assiduousness that sets them apart from the rest. International Care Ministries (ICM) has been serving the poor in the Philippines since 1992. In partnership with community leaders from thousands of slum communities, ICM delivers programs that transform the lives of more than 100,000 destitute people each year, Deanna is the Executive Director.
Yes, please accept my apologies for not responding to your request earlier. The
email@example.com goes to the Hong Kong Development office of ICM and you caught us during a particularly busy time. Not only are we understaffed with many of our volunteers on holiday, but also it is during the summer that we prepare for our largest fundraising event of the year (held in HK for nearly 1000 people, which last year raised US$1.2million). We are also working on preparing the annual report during the summer. So we haven’t had the extra hands we need to answer queries like yours that require more than a simple response. I’m sure you understand.
I can only answer your question for myself, not for the others who work with ICM.
The Bible teaches that we are made in the image of God. And of course, we can’t fully know what that means. But we can make some guesses. Of course, that means that we were made to be creative as God is creative. And we were made to have authority, to be caretakers of the world, as God is of us. But it also means we were made to be relational as God is relational in the Trinity.
I’ve thought a lot about how that last point. Before time, God existed in a Trinity relationship. The father, son, and spirit within the God-head existed in a living, loving, dynamic, interactive, joyful, worshipful, serving relationship. Throughout scripture, there are glimpses of what that relationship was like. But the one thing that stands out to me is how they relate to each other. They enjoy each other. They serve each other. Each has a role, but they defer to each other. And it is out of this relationship we were created.
In creation, it was as if God said, let’s create man and woman, and invite them into the dance with us. Let’s invite them to join us in relationship – in fellowship with us. Worshiping, serving, enjoying, deferring, interacting, and loving.
Of course, we messed it all up by insisting we wanted to dance according to our own rules and He’s been trying to bring us back for all history.
But your question is to “explain the gain of working for the Lord on your well being to encourage others to love their neighbors.” Since we are made in the image of God, we will find our greatest joy, satisfaction, fulfillment, affirmation, sense of “home”, when we are doing what God made us to do. And that’s to do the things the Trinity has been doing since the beginning of time. To serve, to love, to honor our brothers, to put others first. When we serve, we are doing what Jesus did. We are doing what we were ultimately made to do. We are doing what God knows will give us the greatest meaning and fulfillment in life.
No greater love has anyone than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. That’s what God did for us. And He did it for the joy set before Him. And when we lay down our lives for others, there’s joy set before us as well.
That’s what motivates me.
Executive Director-International Care Ministries – Hong Kong -
Wow, that is what I felt, as if I was at home. I personally have managed miniscule acts of work for the Lord, it is a reflex, but when I feel warm and as if the hand of God was on my shoulder it is because, I am at home, and it is joy.
That is precisely why some take care of their brothers and sisters and how they receive energy to work hard again.
Many holy men lived their entire lives, and sometimes lost them to copy the scriptures and the Gospels of Jesus’ disciples. Their sacrifices reinforced the faith and provided the bible. Yes, there was corruption and evil, holy wars where both sides were wrong but the faith if not the church did battle evil. The holy ones in the trenches suffering to help their fellow man with love and compassion wrestled evil hand to hand. Each missionary is the artist that paints the work giving it beauty, the beauty of the love in his or her heart. They wrestle evil in the trenches.
Mechanically speaking, the confederation of missionaries we read about up to this point all share the same effective, efficient food system and donors. They are independent organizations that benefit from Feed My Starving Children
http://fmsc.org and its juggernaut operation. Can you imagine needing to feed the starving and you hear Feed My Starving Children are in town, juggernaut. Please visit their web site; I have the most appreciation for what they do.
Now I look to organizations feeding the starving in the United States. Who is starving in the country and who is feeding them, these questions will provide some illumination on how we feed the starving?
http://feedingamerica.org/ With a network of 200 member food banks across the country, Feeding America supplies more the 3 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually.
The network is next , I provide their names and hotlink, and a short summary of their work.
http://www.foodbankofalaska.org/ Since 1979, we have been securing donated food for nonprofit agencies to distribute to hungry Alaskans.
http://www.fairbanksfoodbank.org/index.cfm/m/1/Home/ The primary purpose of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank Service, Inc. is to provide food for hungry people and to distribute surplus food that would ordinarily be discarded.
http://www.kpfoodbank.org/index.html In 2012, the Food Bank served almost 20,000 meals (an average of 1,600 meals per month) through the on-site Fireweed Diner, and processed over a million pounds of food. Direct Service clients, those adults and children receiving federal commodities and/or emergency food boxes, numbered 7,306 families in 2012, with an average of 609 families per month.
http://www.seakfoodbank.org/ On a typical Saturday, we hand out food to anywhere from 10 to 40 people, and we give out anywhere from 500 to 2200 pounds of food, depending upon how much food we have to hand out, and the demand for these items.
http://www.kodiakbaptistmission.org/ As a Christian social service organization in Alaska, the purpose of Kodiak Baptist Mission is to improve the quality of life of families by ministering, and by following the example set forth in the life of Jesus Christ.
http://www.feedingal.org/ The mission of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama is to serve people in need by securing and storing surplus food and household items and distributing it through local partnering service agencies.
http://fbofna.org/ provides food assistance to over 100,000 people in North Alabama through a network of over 200 agencies.
http://www.montgomeryareafoodbank.org/Index.html distributing food and other donated products to over 800 non-profit member agencies serving 35 counties.
http://www.bayareafoodbank.org/ Charity Navigator names Bay Area Food Bank one of the nation’s “10 Top-Notch Charities” and #1 charity in Alabama.
http://www.nwafoodbank.org/#!Home/mainPage has an annual service count of over 450,000 people, and there is always something happening from food drives to special events.
http://www.rvrfoodbank.org/ distributing 4 million pounds feeding on average 30,000 people a month through our member agencies.
http://www.foodbankofnea.org/ The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas works to eliminate hunger by distributing food to people in need through a network of non-profit agencies and programs.
http://www.arkansasfoodbank.org/The Arkansas Food bank is a cornerstone of hunger relief that acquires and distributes, through local and national partnerships, large quantities of food and other resources to hungry people.
http://www.harvesttexarkana.org/ with a network of over 100 agencies in 10 counties, the food bank provides food resources to the hungry in our region.
http://unitedfoodbank.org/ providing more than 45,200 meals to hungry people in Arizona every day.
http://www.firstfoodbank.org/ On a daily basis in Arizona, 1 in 4 children, 1 in 5 Arizonans and 1 in 7 seniors face the prospect of going to bed hungry.
http://communityfoodbank.com/ “Through education, advocacy, and the acquisition, storage, and distribution of food, we will anticipate and meet the food needs of the hungry in our community.”
http://www.yumafoodbank.org/ May 15, 2013, The Yuma Community Food Bank set a new record by serving 480 separate families in one day 9am to 2pm.
These distributors of food and compassion are busy in their local areas, and the impact is incredible. Participation at the local level is key to this distribution syndicate, Feeding America manages the national front, but someone has to be at the other end of the distribution, the local people willing to provide food storage and distribution to local soup kitchens and other local meal providers.
http://www.foodbankccs.org/ works to end hunger by increasing access to nutritious food for individuals and families.
http://communityfoodbank.net/ by gathering and distributing food, advancing self-sufficiency, and providing community leadership on issues related to hunger.
http://www.findfoodbank.org/ Food In Need of Distribution, Inc. (FIND Food Bank) is dedicated to mobilizing the resources of our community through education and awareness to relieve hunger, the causes of hunger, and the problems associated with hunger.
http://feedoc.org/ working with more than 340 member charities, the Food Bank helps feed more than 240,000 individuals each month.
http://www.lafoodbank.org/in 40 years, they distributed 1 billion pounds of food.
http://www.localfoodbank.org/ Second Harvest Food Bank helps over 35,000 individuals in need each month throughout San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties working with over 200 non-profit agencies, various community centers, and schools to distribute approximately 1 million pounds of food each month.
http://atcaa.org/ mission is to help individuals in Amador and Tuolumne counties.
http://www.accfb.org/ We have earned Charity Navigator’s top rating for seven consecutive years — a record of efficiency matched by only 2% of non-profits nationwide!
http://www.foodshare.com/ FOOD Share is a member partner of Feeding America! We could not help 74,500 friends a month without your commitment!
http://placerfoodbank.org/ the primary food collection and distribution center for hunger-relief efforts in the area, distributing food to the hungry with a network of more than 60 local hunger-relief and charitable organizations.
http://www.foodbankformontereycounty.org/ The Food Bank for Monterey County has won a Business Excellence Award in the nonprofit category in Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s 26th Annual Business Excellence Awards!
http://feedingamericasd.org/ Feeding America San Diego works with partner agencies to distribute food throughout the county.
http://www.sffoodbank.org/ currently helping 225,000 people from the southeast corner of San Francisco to the farthest points in West Marin, the Food Bank is a vital lifeline serving more people than ever before.
http://www.shfb.org/Charity Navigator ranks Second Harvest Food Bank among the top 2% of charities nationwide for fiscal responsibility. The Food Bank has received seven consecutive 4-star evaluations, which demonstrates financial health, accountability, and transparency.
http://www.foodbanksbc.org/During 2012, the Food bank of Santa Barbara County distributed more than 8.5 million meals from two warehouse locations in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.
http://www.refb.org/index.html REFB’s three Hunger Initiatives and partnership with 149 organizations distributes over 13 million pounds of food annually, the equivalent of 28,000 meals each day, to feed 78,000 people every month
http://www.foodlinktc.org/Food Link warehouses and distributes millions of pounds of food annually to a network of more than 80 local nonprofit agencies, which directly feed needy families.
http://www.thefoodbank.org/with a network of more than 200 agencies and programs and over 3,000 volunteers, they distribute over 8 million pounds of food annually.
http://careandshare.org/In the last fiscal year, Care and Share distributed more than 17 million pounds of food throughout Southern Colorado
http://www.foodbankrockies.org/ Last year, they distributed 41.3 million pounds of food, which is enough to provide 88,000 meals each day to children, seniors, and families in need.
http://www.foodbanklarimer.org/ With the support of 32 employees and 1,800 volunteers, we distributed more than 7.8 million pounds of food in 2012.
http://www.weldfoodbank.org/ Hunger is a reality for 1 in 6 people in Colorado. Hunger has no restrictions for neighborhood, or any gender, any age, all races.
http://communityfoodshare.org/For the 9th year in a row, CFS has earned the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.
http://site.foodshare.org/site/PageServer?pagename=index Food share is in the midst of major expansion of its buildings, staff, and programs to move forward our plan to end hunger in our area, and we are counting on you to help us make it happen.
http://www.ctfoodbank.org/We provide food and resources to more than 650 community-based food programs distributing an average of 36 tons of food every day.
http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/ Serves 478,100 people in the region struggling with hunger distributing 33 million pounds of food annually, half of which is fresh produce
http://www.fbd.org/ distributed 6.2 million pounds of food last year by providing meals and resources through a network of 508 hunger-relief program partners
http://www.harrychapinfoodbank.org/ The Food Bank in Southwest Florida is distributing hundreds of thousands of pounds of food each month to over 150 Partner Agencies serving the areas needy by distributing of more than 16 million pounds of food valued at over $27 million per year.
http://www.stophunger.org/ Treasure Coast Food Bank (TCFB) is the largest hunger relief agency on the Treasure Coast, providing millions of pounds of food to over 200 charitable organizations
http://www.foodbankcentralflorida.org/site/PageServer Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida collects and distributes donated food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies.
http://www.feedingsouthflorida.org/home.htm with 400 Partner Agencies, Feeding South Florida serves the almost 1 million individuals needing assistance, including approximately 300,000 children, in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
http://www.allfaithsfoodbank.org/ 48% of the people served has at least one working member in their household. Today 38% of the people served are children and 16% of the people are elderly, often having to choose between buying medicine or food.
http://www.fightinghunger.org feeding the people in the Big Bend.
http://feedingamericatampabay.wordpress.com/ 700,000 people need assistance, 250,000 are children http://feedingamericatampabay.wordpress.com/who-we-help/2010-hunger-study-west-central-florida/
http://www.mealsonwheelsplus.org/ The mission of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, Inc. is to assist individuals to live independently by providing nutrition and caring supportive services. While initially founded in 1972, with the purpose of providing hot, nutritious meals to the elderly and disabled residents of Manatee County, Meals on Wheels of Manatee, Inc. became so much more. The organization grew over the years in response to community needs with the “PLUS” added as a way of representing the many services offered. Meals on Wheels PLUS supports organizations including: FL Council on Aging, FL Association of Service Providers, Feeding America, FL Association of Senior Nutrition Programs, FL Association of Food Banks, FL Adult Day Care Association, National Association of Nutrition for Aging Service Providers, and Meals on Wheels Association of America. This food provider morphed to a senior citizen one-stop shop.
http://www.cflcc.org/agapeWe collect more than 6 million pounds of donated food, distributing it to 100,000 families and individuals.
http://www.foodbanknega.org/ is distributing nearly 10.3 million pounds through 215 partner agencies. In all, we have distributed almost 81 million pounds of food or 67 million meals.
http://www.acfb.org/ Your gift to ACFB delivers a healthy return. With each $1 donated, we can provide $8.47 in groceries
https://goldenharvest.org/ on track to distribute more than 45 million lbs. of food (37.5 million meals, 200,000 volunteer hours from our 300 partner agencies.
http://www.feedingthevalley.org/ This Food Bank distributes on average of over 300,000 pounds of food on a monthly basis.
http://www.mgcfb.org/ Annual distribution averages 6.5 million pounds through 310 participating agencies in 24 Middle Georgia counties
http://www.helpendhunger.org/ Second Harvest food bank provided more than 8.1 million meals (more than 9.6 million pounds of food) to hungry people in our area.
http://www.feedingsga.org/Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc. supplies food to more than 300 non-profit organizations providing more than 8 million pounds of food with a value of over 13.5 million dollars to programs.
http://www.hawaiifoodbank.org/page1.aspx Last year the Hawaii Food bank distributed over 11.8 million pounds of food to help feed 183,500 people statewide.
http://www.foodbankiowa.org/ from their facility they serve 285 meal providers in 42 counties. Its redistribution organization, the Food Bank of Southern Iowa, serves an additional 13 counties.
http://www.hacap.org/ Distributes approximately 2.4 million pounds of food to local organizations; provides over 4,000 food boxes a year for families in need.
http://www.northeastiowafoodbank.org/ 1 in 8 individuals in our service area go to bed hungry. At least 40,000 Northeast Iowa residents - including nearly 16,000 children and almost 4,000 seniors - receive emergency food assistance each year.
http://www.idahofoodbank.org/distributed 2.3 million pounds of food through 34 Mobile Pantries to low-income and food insecure Idahoans, an increase of 146%, from the previous fiscal year.
http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer The Food Depository distributed 66 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 150,000 meals every day.
http://solvehungertoday.org/ works with the community to serve more than 60,000 different people each week.
http://www.riverbendfoodbank.org/River Bend and Feeding America actively solicits food manufacturers, encouraging them to donate excess food.
https://www.centralilfoodbank.org/Default.aspx distributes over 9.5 million pounds of food annually to 150+ food pantries, soup kitchens, residential and after-school programs.
Up to this point, we have seen shadows of the needy. We know that over half of the people assisted at the food banks have a job. We know that up to forty percent are on fixed income, mainly Social Security. Religion does not hamper these folks from paying their bills with the income available, and the food banks are non-denominational to insure fair, even-handed treatment. In some countries religion could be an instigator, but not in the United States. Economic hardship is common in the United States and that would hold down wages.
There are some intangibles here and some tangibles.
2011 U. S. Poverty statistics include 46.2 million People (15.0 percent) in poverty.
Suffering the brunt is families with children (20.6 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (36.8 percent) or single men (24.9 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (25.1 percent) and Hispanic households (26.2 percent).
In 2011, 4.8 million seniors (over age 60), or 8.4% of all seniors were challenged to feed themselves on their retirement stipends. The threat of “going hungry” or starving exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 2.4 percent to 35.2 percent.
Apathy in action: citing the 2010 Census, many people believe because 96% of parents classified as poor said their children were never hungry that many middle-class and upper-middle-class kids are eating lunch at taxpayer expense. I think most folks are capable of understanding the shame of starving. Apathy can make people lie, even to themselves.
For parents who work doing the best they can, accepting tough time’s means doing without is a socially acceptable path for the starving, and what kid wants to admit he does not have it as good as his classmates and peers. That is some of the starving in America, and this more is the army of people wrestling evil in the trenches.
http://www.hhfoodbank.org/ Hoosier Hills Food Bank provides over three million pounds of food annually to nearly 100 other non-profits serving an estimated 7,500 people each week and 25,800 individuals annually.
http://www.tristatefoodbank.org/ Today we disburse over 7 million pounds of food each year to over 250 feeding programs in 33 counties.
http://www.chfb.org/ Distributing eleven million pounds of food annually.
http://www.foodbanknwi.org/acquires stores and distributes over 4.9 million pounds of food throughout Lake and Porter Counties.
http://www.gleaners.org/ began in a three-and-a-half-car garage in 1980, but today distributes over twenty million pounds of food.
http://www.food-finders.org/ Food Finders Food Bank distributes more than 6 million pounds of food annually to a network of non-profit organizations that work to alleviate hunger
http://www.curehunger.org/ Celebrating 30 yrs of service.
http://www.feedindiana.org/ Distributed Six million pounds of food in 2012.
http://www.archindy.org/cc/terrehaute/programs-foodbank.html The Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food bank distributes the equivalent of nearly two million meals each year to approximately 75 other charitable agencies.
http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/ serving over 500 hunger-relief partners in 85 counties, with over 11.5 million lbs. of food distributed in the past year.
http://www.feedingamericaky.org/ 150 meals in twenty-seven years.
http://www.godspantry.org/ Feeding the needy.
http://daretocare.org/ Distributed fifteen million pounds of food in 2012
http://www.fbcenla.org/site/ serves more than 22,400 people every month.
http://www.brfoodbank.org/ distributed more than 11 million pounds of food in 2010
http://www.fbnela.org/ We distribute over 3,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://no-hunger.org/ 262,800 people, including 82,000 children and 40,000 seniors, receive emergency food assistance each year through Second Harvest Food Bank and its 235 faith-based and nonprofit member agencies.
http://www.foodbanknla.org/ Distributed 6,900,000 pounds of food last year.
http://www.gbfb.org/ Distributed over 35,000,000 of food last year
http://www.foodbankwma.org/ distributes more than six million pounds of food
http://www.foodbank.org/ We service the Hunger-Free Network of 145 partner agencies in the 60 towns across Worcester County to bring relief to 100,796 people in need.
http://www.mdfoodbank.org/site/c.mgLPIYOzGlF/b.5551677/k.BF32/Home.htm distributed more than 26.5 million pounds of food through a network of 600 soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters
http://www.foodbankwma.org/ working with our community to reduce hunger and increase food security.
http://www.foodbank.org/ The Worcester County Food Bank collects, inspects, and stores donated food and grocery product and distributes it through a network of 145 partner agencies to help feed hungry people living in 60 cities and towns in Central Massachusetts.
http://www.gsfb.org/ Distributes 13,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.foodgatherers.org/ distributes over five million pounds of food annually
http://www.foodbankofscm.org/ The Food Bank of South Central Michigan manages several activities all geared towards its mission of getting food to households in need.
http://www.feedingamericawestmichigan.org/ Distributing over 22,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.gcfb.org/site/PageServer 43,939,306 pounds of food distributed annually
http://www.fbem.org/ Today the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan provides over 21 million pounds of food each year to those in need through more than 415 partner agencies.
http://www.forgottenharvest.org/Forgotten Harvest rescued, harvested, and distributed nearly 44 million lbs of great food in 2012 and now America’s #1 Food Rescue Relief organization.
http://northcountryfoodbank.org/index.htmdistributes over 4 million pounds of food products to more than 244 hunger relief agencies in northwest Minnesota and part of Grand Forks, North Dakota, on an annual basis.
http://www.northernlakesfoodbank.org/4,336,750 pounds of food annually
http://secondharvestncfb.com/Each year 28,700 people in this area seek emergency food assistance from Second Harvest or our 145 partner agencies. Each week we help an estimated 3,500 people
Feeding America is working with 61,000 agencies to feed the starving by distributing 3 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually to 37 million Americans in all 50 states.
http://www.channel-one.org/ distributes 7,453,462 pounds of food annually
http://www.2harvest.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepagecollected, warehoused, and distributed more than 76 million pounds of food in 2012!
http://www.stlfoodbank.org/Each week, an estimated 57,100 people rely upon the St. Louis Area Food bank for food assistance.
http://www.semofoodbank.org/ distributes 5,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://sharefoodbringhope.org/ annually distributes over 28 million pounds of food from The Food Bank to 131 agencies and 130 schools throughout 32 counties.
http://www.harvesters.org/ provides food assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week distributing almost 40,000,000 pounds of food annually.
http://www.ozarksfoodharvest.org/ distributes over 11,000,000 pounds of food annually.
http://www.ourcommunityfoodbank.org/ distributes 4,500,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.msfoodnet.org/ from its beginning in 1984, when 139,000 pounds were distributed, to 2012, when more than 16.5 million pounds were distributed, the work goes on.
http://mfbn.org/ distribute millions of pounds of food across the state every year through a network of nearly 200 partner agencies
http://mannafoodbank.org/ MANNA distributed 11.2 million pounds of food in 2012, enough food to provide 25,000, 365 days a year.
http://www.secondharvestmetrolina.org/ distributes 36,500,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.afoodbank.org/ distributes 4,500,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.ccap-inc.org/ There are over 150,000 individuals or 18% at risk of hunger within the 7 counties our partner agencies call home.
http://www.foodbankcenc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FBCENCHome distributes 44,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.foodshuttle.org/ we recovered more than 7.1 million pounds from more than 350 donors.
http://www.hungernwnc.org/ As the major nonprofit hunger-relief organization serving Northwest NC though a network of more than 400 partner programs, we provide food and hope to more than 300,000 people each year, including 100,000 children urgently in need of nutritional support to thrive and grow strong.
www.greatplainsfoodbank.org/Individual donors and more than 5,000 volunteers who make a difference in the lives of their hungry neighbors every day
http://www.lincolnfoodbank.org/ distributes 7,500,000 meals, $10.00 donation pays for 25 meals.
http://www.foodbankheartland.org/Food Bank for the Heartland is the largest food bank in Nebraska and Iowa, encompassing 93 counties in a two-state region and distributing approximately nine million pounds of food annually.
http://www.nhfoodbank.org/distributes over 8.5 million pounds of donated, surplus food to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers and senior citizen homes.
http://www.cfbnj.org/ distributes 46,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.foodbankmoc.org/ distributes over 7,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.foodbanksj.org/ have provided more than 100 million pounds of food–the equivalent of 76 million meals–to thousands of families, seniors, individuals, and children in need.
http://www.rrfb.org/helping nearly 40,000 different hungry people every week
http://www.thefooddepot.org/ The Food Depot distributed 4,120,886pounds of food and related products in FY 2012-2013, providing approximately 5,494,514 meals to hungry New Mexicans through 135 partner agencies.
http://www.threesquare.org/ benefits over 600 Program Partners in Southern Nevada including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, senior citizens and more.
http://fbnn.org/ A regional food distribution center and support system for more than 130 partner agencies serving the needy, the ill, the elderly, and children.
http://www.foodbankwny.org/ Nearly 17 million children face hunger in the U.S.
http://www.foodbankst.org/ distributes 7,490,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.foodbankforwestchester.org/index.shtml The Food Bank receives an average of 102,000 requests for food every month. The Food Bank distributes about 14 tons of food a day and nearly 7.5 million pounds of food a year. To date, the Food Bank has distributed over 100 million pounds of food to feed hungry Westchester residents.
http://www.licares.org/ distributes over 5,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://regionalfoodbank.net/ Your gift of $10 makes a real difference
http://www.islandharvest.org/intro.aspx an estimated 283,700 low-income individuals on Long Island annually
http://www.cityharvest.org/ helps feed the more than one million people who face hunger each year. We rescue some 126,000 pounds of food each day and give food to some 400-community programs.
http://www.foodbanknyc.org/procures and distributes food to a network of more than 1,000 community-based member programs citywide, helping to provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need.
http://foodlinkny.org/ distributes 16,000,000 pounds of food annually
www.foodbankcny.org Among the thousands of people who depend on charitable food programs in central and northern New York: 37% of emergency food recipients are children under the age of 18, 14% have no health insurance coverage. 42% choose between paying for food and paying for utilities, 24% have at least one employed family member, of those unemployed, 45% have lost their job within the last two years. 69% of clients have annual incomes below the official federal poverty line, 47% have an annual income below $10,000
http://www.fsfbmedia.org/ one of Ohio’s largest food banks, distributing more than 19 million meals annually
http://www.clevelandfoodbank.org/site/PageServerdistributed 33.4 million meals (35.4 million pounds of food) and other essential products to 685 member hunger programs.
http://thefoodbankdayton.org/provides the infrastructure for more than 100 member programs to distribute 5,600,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.sharedharvest.org/ distribute an average of ten million pounds of groceries each year
http://www.midohiofoodbank.org/working with grocers, food companies, Ohio farmers, the USDA, and community partners to obtain food and distribute it to more than 550 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, currently distributing 38,900,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.westohiofoodbank.org/ provided 5,333,333 meals through a network of over 170+ programs
http://www.hapcap.org/home distributes over 6,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.secondharvestfoodbank.org/Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio earned a 4-Star Charity from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities. Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health of America’s largest charities.
http://www.springfieldshfb.org/Annually, approximately 4 million pounds of food are shared with over 100 local feeding programs.
http://www.toledofoodbank.org/The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank’s affiliation with Feeding America began in 1985. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a national network of more than 61,000 agencies, serving all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Feeding America distributes 3 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually to 37 million Americans.
http://www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org/The Food Bank works with its153 member agencies feed over 15,000 people in the tri-county area per week.
http://www.regionalfoodbank.org/ Since 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 460 million pounds of food to needy families
http://okfoodbank.org/ distributed more than 17.2 million pounds of food a year to provide more than 275,000 meals each week.
http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/OFB helps nearly one in five households fend off hunger by distributing 61,000,000 pounds of food from a variety of sources through a statewide network that includes its four branches (in Beaverton, Ontario, Portland and Tillamook), 16 independent regional food banks and 945 partner agencies. These local programs provide food directly to people who are hungry in the form of boxes of food for people to take home or prepared meals. The OFB Network serves an average of 270,000 people each month.
http://www.svdppdx.com/wordpress/ Distributes 1,000,000 pounds of food a year.
http://www.shfblv.org/ distributed 6,300,000 in 2012
http://www.westmorelandfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepageDuring 2012, WCFB distributed over 6.8 million pounds of food to 15,000 people in nearly 7,000 families. These families are comprised of over 4,000 children, over 6,000 working poor and disabled, and over 3,000 people over the age of 60.
http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/ distributed over 30,000,000 pounds of food annually.
http://svdpcares.org/index.htmFamily Kitchens served over 100,000 meals to the hungry and the Food Pantries served over 34,000 people with groceries without charge.
http://www.eriefoodbank.org/ Second Harvest sets a record of nearly 1 million pounds of food distributed in November. Total poundage for year reaches 9,379,369, a 32 percent increase in two years.
http://www.centralpafoodbank.org/ during the past year, the Food Bank distributed more than 22 million pounds of food. That is the equivalent of 2.5 tractor-trailer loads of food distributed every day of the year!
http://www.channelsfoodrescue.com/ serving 100,000 persons annually. In addition, Channels’ Kitchen School supplies meals to 600 children daily in 15 sites of our Kids Cafes.
http://www.philabundance.org/ Philabundance provides food to approximately 72,000 people per week through our network of nearly 500 member agencies including food cupboards, shelters, emergency kitchen, and more.
http://www.berksfoodbank.org/ more than 1,300,000 meals annually at soup kitchens and shelters and an average of 23,000 individuals receive food monthly
http://www.foodwarehouse.org/ 1.2 million lbs distribution in November for a cumulative total of over 23 million lbs. of food.
http://www.ceopeoplehelpingpeople.org/ distributes over 4.8 million pounds of food annually
http://www.rifoodbank.org/ feed more than 66,000 people each month. One in three served is a child under the age of 18.
http://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/hope annually distributes 19 million pounds of food to a network of more than 350 faith-based and nonprofit food programs in coastal South Carolina.
http://www.harvesthope.org/ distributed over 28 million pounds of food last year and fed approximately 38,000 people a week.
http://www.feedingsouthdakota.org/ distributed 12.5 million pounds of food
http://www.chattfoodbank.org/ distributes over 11,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.netfoodbank.org/ distributes over 7,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://secondharvestetn.org/ Second Harvest is a United Way Partner. We receive designations and grant funding from the United Way that averages 3% our annual budget. Many of our own agencies (that receive food from us) are also United Way Partners.
http://www.midsouthfoodbank.org/Mid-South Food Bank serves 227 agencies with 332 charitable feeding programs in 31 counties in west Tennessee
http://secondharvestmidtn.org/distributed 23,955,957 pounds of food to over 400 Partner Agencies providing close to 20 million meals of food
http://www.fbwct.org/ for every ten dollars donated, we provide enough food for 45 meals. in 2012, we distributed 3 million pounds of emergency food
http://www.hpfb.org/ The Food Bank distributes over 650,000 pounds of food each month
http://www.austinfoodbank.org/In Fiscal Year 2011-12, CAFB provided more than 22 million pounds of food
http://www.mountaineerfoodbank.org/ distributes more than 10,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://southtexasfoodbank.org/ distributes more than 9,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.spfb.org/ distributes over 7,000,000, pounds of food annually
www.wtxfoodbank.org distributes 10,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://www.foodbankrgv.com/ In 2011, over 1 million individuals were fed through our various programs, for a total amount of 31 million pounds of non-perishable, frozen and fresh food distributed through over 200 agencies (churches, shelters, etc.).
http://www.safoodbank.org/ provided more than 48 million pounds of food.
http://www.easttexasfoodbank.org/ In 2012, over 16 million pounds of food was distributed to hungry East Texans equaling 14 million meals.
http://www.victoriafoodbank.org/ distributes over 3,000,000 pounds of food annually
http://wfafb.org/ In 2010 nearly 3.4 million pounds of food were distribute to assist more than 135 nonprofit partners agencies
https://www.utahfoodbank.org/ Last year, the Grocery Rescue program collected nearly 12 million pounds of food through over 200 stores and 18 participating agencies
http://fredfood.org/ For every $25 donation, we can provide enough food for 75 meals for children and families in need.
http://www.hrfoodbank.org/ distributed 8.2 million pounds of food in 2012
http://www.foodbankonline.org/ Since its inception, the Food bank has distributed over 214 million meals through Partner Agencies and Programs
http://www.feedmore.org/ Distribution Center provided food for 15 million meals last year
http://www.faswva.org/ Last year volunteers donated more than 18,000 hours at the Feeding America Southwest Virginia
http://www.brafb.org/ an emergency food assistance agency that serves more than 120,000 people each month that is a record in the Food Bank’s history. Last year, we distributed more than 17 million meals to hungry families across the Blue Ridge.
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That is the super effort spent to feed the starving in the United States by Feeding America. The size of this list is the smallest thing about them as they distribute meals to 37 million people a year with 3 billion pounds of food. This organization maintains a secular posture, and everyone is welcome.
We witnessed the starving statistically, almost half are under-employed and in some regions, averaging only a fraction (1/3) of what is considered above poverty. Single mothers and their children suffer the most frequently, but retired people and unemployed adults, half of them have been unemployed for over two years. It is safe to state the starving in the United States are working to starve, so they may attempt to feed their children.
I am some of the last baby boomers and the job market is forgetful of my generation, many professionals are assistants and uneducated folks are unemployable. Employment is to pay our bills and save for a rainy day. Too often we seem to go serve fast food and stop by the food bank on your way home.
Yes, it is an imperfect world, and luckily a few fed many.
To understand the Missionaries, I sent this question out to some international evangelist, they responded below.
September 3, 2013, 3:38 pm
Name: coleman weeks
My name is Coleman Weeks and I am writing a book “How do we feed the world’s starving”. I sent emails asking for a brief or extensive answer to my question on how missionary work affects your spirit. I received quite a few affirmations of faith and they are moving.
For people to gain from this book I need your affirmations of faith, this may touch someone’s heart and soul, but statistics, no matter how impressive will not. We have an opportunity to spread the word of God to many who may have never understood following the Lord before, or give strength and comfort to the world-weary faithful.
Please email me back a comment explaining how your work makes you a coming home feel, and content at home with God. For me it is as if I can feel the hand of Jesus on my shoulder, for some it is a warm, fuzzy feeling. I hope your joy is magnified by your work and the incredible feat of loving your neighbors with all you have, you are the story I need to tell.
I would like to have comments for a chapter for Action International depicting the importance of Evangelist to Humanity. As I write I blog the manuscripts at
please visit if you are curious about the book. I will send the finished, edited manuscript to you for approval, so write me back with any comments or questions.
Thank you for your time and work,
Coleman Weeks- (239)405-4339
Mr. Flansburg spoke with Mr. Carlaw, who is the C.E.O. and National Director who authorized me to put this important insight from their website in this book. Evangelism is vital in going to the needy and providing nourishment for body, mind, and soul.
International Office: Children in Crisis Worldwide
Millions of children are in crisis all over the world. It is a symptom that something is terribly wrong.
Why are children suffering?
It was God’s design from the beginning that every child should be in a loving home where they are safe, clean, trained, fed nutritiously and nurtured. Sadly, many children around the world are suffering because they do not have these basics. It is very difficult to get accurate numbers but millions of boys and girls are struggling in longing for food, shelter, education, caring friends, family and a loving God. The cause may be economic, disaster-related or neglect but the fact that children are reduced to this situation, is a symptom that something is terribly wrong with families and societies.
Children cannot care for themselves
Some children try to survive on the street, under bridges, in vacant lots or any shelter they can find. The reasons are endless. They do not have enough food and space with their family due to grinding poverty, they come from broken and abusive families, they are displaced due to war and natural disasters and some run away from rural to urban centers thinking the “grass is greener” in the city but it isn’t. Kids look for leftover food after restaurants close, work by selling flowers, candy, newspapers, cigarettes, their body or recyclable items such as metal and plastic. They get involved in crime, gangs, drug using and pushing, pair up and have kids of their own, work in public markets carrying heavy loads and sleep in push-carts or on cardboard in vacant lots, in front of stores or in public market stalls.
Street kids are in danger of being bullied by older kids, being hit by a bus or car, getting sick without access to medical attention, malnutrition, becoming a drug addict and getting involved in violent crime, thrown in jail with adults, illiteracy with no marketable skills and losing hope. However, street kids are like all kids in that they like to make friends, play, and laugh and have a family.
ACTION is working with children in crisis in several countries including Brazil, Colombia, Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico, Philippines, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zambia.
Ministry programs include camps, Bible clubs, feeding programs, medical and handicap assistance, education and vocational training, street outreaches, discipleship, Christmas Outreach, disaster relief, drop-in centers, orphanages and homes, and counseling for abused and traumatized.
In Cambodia: Emergency Disaster Relief
Cambodia’s worst floods in over a decade have killed 167 people and displaced tens of thousands of families. Heavy rainfall has caused almost two months of flooding, creating this disastrous situation.
ACTION Cambodia is working through the Shalom network of local churches to come alongside needy people. An initial survey and delivery of goods has been made.
Daren Beck, ACTION Cambodia Director, writes, “It was determined that about 100 families lost everything in two of the communities in which Shalom churches work. We hope to provide a survival kit of necessities to these families. The kit will include rice, clean water, mosquito nets, dry goods, and blankets.”
In Colombia: Special Needs Children in Crisis Description: This fund is used to assist children with special needs (food, housing, medical and spiritual care). Almost 50 percent of children in Colombia live below the poverty level.
In Honduras: Malnourished Children’s Feeding Program The local villages in Honduras have a large population of malnourished children. These children are often identified when they come to the hospital for medical care for illnesses that might have otherwise been avoided had the malnutrition not made the children vulnerable to illness. After hospital discharge, these children need ongoing nutritional support.
In the Philippines: Fish and Bread Feeding Manila, Philippines- In coordination with partner churches this ministry provides supplemental balanced meals 3x a week for six months for 50 malnourished children. The participating children are selected by the host church and mothers are involved in marketing, cooking and health classes. All family members are asked to be involved in Bible studies with the goal of leading each person to faith in Christ and regular involvement in host church worship services and other activities.
ACTION trains and oversees each feeding with the host church providing the workers and venue. We plan six feedings annually and put into action as funds are available.
In Zambia: Feeding-With 80% unemployment, many families go without food all day on a regular basis. To have just one meal a day is commonplace. Our feeding program allows us to work with the churches to help. Currently we run or feeding programs through the community schools giving the children three meals a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For some, this is the only food they get in the day.
After absorbing that, I was beginning to grasp the motives behind someone joyfully spending their lives feeding the world’s starving. Johnathan Lalonde shared his views and I was struck by the fact that the next generation is carrying the torch with dedication, and conviction in their beliefs.
Great topic to write about, as I am very much interested in it. I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Growing food is a way of life for me. I love to plant, grow food, and take care of creation. I think that we need to teach people how to do this because as the newer generations grow up in the city they forget or do not even know about this. It is surprising to me that some people in the city do not even know where food actually comes from and how it gets to the store. People are losing touch with nature, which is a big problem.
As we do evangelize and spread the gospel, I believe we need to also teach to take care of creation. If we are not caring for creation then we are not living out the gospel. Creation goes for everything, people, animals and plants. I am very passionate about this and sharing food with others is just so natural for me.
I think that lots of people try to help others because it makes them feel good. That is kind of the wrong reason for doing something for another person. We should help others in need because Jesus teaches us to. As a result, we do feel good because we pleased the Father. Compassion without Jesus is just selfishness because it is for their own benefit. As Christians, I believe we could be doing a better job of this.
There should not be any reason why there is starving people in the world. There is plenty of food to go around. I will say that there is a huge flaw in world food distribution. I have been reading a lot about this and the food really is not getting to where it needs to be. This is caused by corruption and profiteering of the food. Things like this are what is making people even more poor and starving. We need to come up with a system to provide good food at a low cost.
These are just some of my thoughts,
A couple who are missionaries took the time to help me get my arms around this as well. Jeff Anderson and his wife Mary Ann, responded, and encouraged me, and my effort. I provide their URL below to assist you in knowing more about these senior missionaries with over thirty years of serving the Lord, team work is a beautiful thing. I begin with their biographies, more is at
As a youth, his parents taught Jeff to live with integrity and hard work. His extensive involvement in sports helped prepare him for teamwork, and leadership. He trusted Christ as Savior in 1973 through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ while a freshmen at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. During his college years, he was actively involved with CCC. He graduated in 1977 with a degree in Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology and planned to be a police officer but God had another plan.
After college, God led Jeff to work at Midwest Challenge in Minneapolis from 1977-84. MWC is a Christ-centered residential discipleship program for drug addicts, homeless, prostitutes, prisoners and the like. He handled all kinds of ministries like street outreach, jail and prison visitation, counseling, cooking, cleaning toilets and eventually became program director. In spring of 1979, he was transferred to Willmar, MN to open a new MWC center and serve as the program director.
While serving at MWC, Jeff met Mary Ann Hartzell. She was raised in Minneapolis in a home where her parents led her to the Lord at a young age and were instrumental in directing her toward missions. When she was in high school, she knew God was calling her to serve as a missionary. After taking secretarial courses in college, she worked in the office and was a live-in counselor at MWC.
Mary Ann left in September, 1978 for 9 months serving with Sudan Interior Missions (SIM) as a secretary in Maradi, Niger, West Africa. During the time Mary Ann was in Africa, Jeff knew the Lord was calling him to commit his life to serving as a missionary wherever in the world God would send him. A few months after Mary Ann’s return, they were married in December 1979. Shortly after their son Amos was born, they were transferred back to Minneapolis in 1981.
I could see it now, like in the movies, “Dr. Livingston I presume?” or Bogart and Hepburn navigating treacherous waters to fulfill her mission.
Can you imagine the lifetime experiences spent feeding the starving, bringing the needy word of the Lord, Living in far lands. Different customs, landscapes, and societies. Helping people during the natural disasters we all hear about, they are there. They make a difference, they care, and they are loved by those they help. Maybe like the events I share below.
Missionaries: the foot soldiers in the trenches
The evangelist couple pack their bags for a journey as they have done countless times before. They are looking forward to returning home several thousand miles west of Hawaii. Anyone who visited there would be engrossed with its inherent natural beauty draped in dire desperation. The people’s dire need for sustainable food and life is alarming. These people are the Fire Department you call to survive, and they make house calls.
The distant mountainside villages, graced with high cliffs overlook an azure ocean. The villagers exist akin to a Tarzan film scene or life hundreds of generations ago, infected with discarded technology. Diversely the streets of the cities are rife with mean street life that monstrously towers like a real-life Godzilla. After almost thirty years on this station, the missionaries are all too aware of the risk and dangers of their work, and Godzilla is kid stuff compared to the realities they have witnessed. They are accustomed to the strife and know where the danger truly lives. If you or I were to stand in their shoes we would be awestruck, but they only feel the need to impact the woe and tame the true Godzilla, desperation.
The international flight from mainland North America back home is a twelve-hour trek plus considerable, even exasperatingly long layovers extending the trip, the trick was to pray while you wait, who could feel bad when talking with Jesus. After spending a lifetime serving the Lord, the lead team eagerly returns to work helping the at-risk residents, many are villagers gone to the big city as Pablo did. Growing up in a distant province, Pablo trekked to the big city to find money and food for his family back in his home providence, up in the mountains.
On the island distant monsoon winds stir the night’s moon swept clouds. Harbingers, the silvery mist opaque the late evening sky and hint at coming squalls. The balmy breeze irritated his eyes and blew his hair back, but Pablo considered the coming blow. Annually his life is rocked by the cycle of summer and its vicious floods and wind.
Standing in the wind, oblivious to the weather, he let the night wrap him in its calm before the storm and pondered. He knew it would be bad, just not how bad. The clouds gave warning; but they did not know how many laid waiting during the coming monsoon season. Pablo’s focus was how many monsoons this year. Ultimately that is his concern. Would it be two storms or four, would their be months of mud caked life and possible death. His family was wealthy in its store of wisdom, particularly storm wisdom, and he was putting it to work, staring off into the night.
Yearly the brutal monsoon winds accompanied by twenty some inches of rain send makeshift structures floating away; and many lose everything, every summer, to start over when the monsoons retire until the next season. The mud-caked survival is expected, the lack of food and shelter, the lakes of standing water turning city parking lots to mud ponds, the city’s streets transform overnight to waterways of storm water from torrential rains gone putrid, stagnant, and rife with disease. The missionaries knew what they would face every year, and knew God watches over them. They know what a good deed can do, how the word of God can change a life over a bowl of rice and veggies.
The streets are busy with people fighting a true-life struggle and the missionaries who eagerly suffer along side are standard procedure in the war on poverty, and these folks are in the trenches. When it comes to seeing the people, the evangelizing missionaries are hands-on and connected to the needy by feeding and sharing the word of God.
Eagerly the couple load on the plane to begin their international journey home, ready for their evangelistic mission, giving the word of God and feeding the poor, nurturing the needy with salvation of the spirit, and body. They arrived in Manila late that evening in good shape. During the trip from the airport to their apartment the familiar sights, sounds, smells and people revived their weary minds and body. Also once back home the nagging feeling that people were in need of their hands-on assistance receded and folks like Pablo were happy to see them back home.
Once home, preparations began for the next Tuesday’s two-day camp for street kids with six churches and two Para-church ministries joining. This camp will be particularly challenging due to weather. The forecast indicated the steady rain was going to intensify and last all week. They plan to have 50 kids but rain causes street work to be difficult and scatters the kids. Although the rain is forecast to continue into next week, they hope the weather clears up for recruitment, so the kids can enjoy fun activities outdoors. Nevertheless, the Lord controls the weather and guides recruitment so they trust Him for His plan, which is best as the first monsoon of the season barrels to them.
Uniquely suited for the task, elements of their intellect mingled, the ethical jurist, the loving minister, the loving parent, spouse, and obedient child all merged to keep him, his partner, and all who their grip could reach safe. Together, their hard-earned wisdom and drive impact many.
The prior camp had 42 kids from the streets/slums recruited by six churches. The ministers relish teaching about Gods love through the Gospel. The kids enjoyed great food, swam, participated in many fun filled leaning activities, and got to know one another. Working with bruised and battered kids can be very frightening and overwhelming but they are like any other child who needs love, guidance, training and their physical needs met. Christ is leading many to minister to the multitudes of children-in-crisis worldwide. The missionaries know what Jesus taught his early disciples “You give them something to eat” (Mark 6:37) even though we like them have weak faith and are limited in our resources. However if we obey Him we will see His plan working through us.
This week Metro Manila and surrounding provinces was hammered by five days of heavy monsoon rain resulting in 60% of the Metropolitan and 70% of central Luzon swamped. Over 1.75 million people are severely affected with over 500,000 now staying in evacuation centers such as schools and churches. ACTION’s Street Impact Team is being flooded with requests from pastors in our network requesting help but our cash in-hand is very limited so at present we are able to help only 350 families in three areas where we have ongoing projects in Metro Manila.
Commencing two relief ops with a tired feeling (“low battery”) they left home, but after the relief op were “fully charged”, amped up by the gratefulness of the recipients when they received help and hearing them say it’s an answer to their prayers. They were also re-charged by the visit to several families residing in a stinky swamp along a river basin and the folks were glad they visited. Preaching Galatians 6:9-10 often, they practiced what they preached. Obedience to the Word brings blessing to them and all they nurture.
The street evangelism is limited as the street children are scattered around staying dry on a wet day, how would the already starving kids eat if they were huddled under some trash.
Saturday the Street Impact Team did two flood relief ops and Thursday another one. All three were in partnership with churches we work with year-round. Hunger answered the question once the street service proceeded as the kids came out to eat. The evangelizing was met with smiles as the hungry are fed and the word is shared, and the smiles energize the ministers with joy and contentment. The Armed Forces of Philippines helped by providing security, logistical support and free haircuts because three soldiers are barbers. The missionaries gave 350 packs to families consisting of 14 food items including five kilos of rice, which were really appreciated because people have even less to eat since the floods kept them from working.
Many families stayed in an evacuation center for the week during the height of the storms but are now home cleaning up the mess left behind by receding floodwater. After this, the disaster relief account was depleted, but in the last day, they received donations from the UK, Canada, the US and the Philippines enabling them to continue helping people. This work is draining and back breaking, but the Filipino cultural trait called “bayanihan” which is neighbors helping each other with a major task assist by making a heavy job lighter. The Lord helps those who help themselves.
We can read and hear, but these people see, feel, and know. Evangelist missionaries cover the globe in pursuit of doing what their faith dictates, Jesus and his teachings power ministers, feeding and nurturing people in need by building up the health of their bodies, minds, and spirits.
As we discussed earlier helping people brings happiness and contentment in knowing they have done their best for God.
Mr. Stewart of ACTION Ministries was kind enough to share his book he compiled with Doug Nichols, a master missionary graced by God to teach, direct, and help young missionaries spread the word of God and love the needy.
The fact that you are holding this book in your hands is certainly no thanks to Doug Nichols.
What I mean by that is that for years I have proposed to Doug that he combine some of his most inspiring missions messages into a book, but he has never been interested in doing so.
You see, Doug is the type of person who would rather talk about you and your ministry than be in the spotlight himself.
So, while he was ministering in the Philippines in December, 2012, I compiled and edited these stories from all our archives of his writings here at the ACTION headquarters, and sent them off to be printed in a book. This book. I even put his picture on the cover, though I know he will not like it because he always prefers that the attention be on Christ and others, not himself.
So if you are reading this, then somehow I have prevailed by “sneak attack” and after getting this printed up while he was away, have finally won his approval to distribute it. Sometimes it is easier to get forgiveness than permission! I hate to do this to one of my bosses, but these messages really deserve a wider audience.
This book is also my way of saying thanks to a man who has been a great help and encouragement to me. I have always considered Doug Nichols to be the co-founder of my ministry in Cuba, because twelve years ago when I started out I had no money and very few contacts. It was Doug who initially found the money, found the conference speakers, and found the books for us to print! Perhaps more amazingly, he found confidence in this new missionary and treated me with greater respect than I possibly deserved. Doug surely realized that at the beginning, I did not know what I was doing, but he never gave a hint of that. Rather, he encouraged me every step of the way and continued to introduce me to his friends and ministry colleagues, which made me feel that he was very proud of the ministry and me.
His faith in me helped me to grow into the leadership role I have, and the opportunities he gave me caused me to grow and learn in ways that I would not have otherwise. I have been blessed to know and work with Doug, and there are now tens of thousands of Cuban pastors and leaders who have been blessed with conferences and books because Doug Nichols found it in his heart to take a young missionary under his wing.
I trust that these brief devotional messages written by Doug will encourage even those missionaries and missions-minded Christians who have not had the privilege of knowing him personally.
—Brian Stewart, ACTION Cuba Director
Anyone could do that!-
Devotional messages for missions-minded Christians
By D o u g N i c h o l s, c o m p i l e d b y B r i a n S t e w a r t
Copyright © 2013 by Doug Nichols and Action International Ministries, USA.
PO Box 398, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Printed in the United States of America
Witnessing in a TB sanitarium
While serving with Operation Mobilization in India in 1967, tuberculosis forced me into a sanitarium for several months. I did not yet speak the language, but I tried to give Christian Literature written in their language to the patients, doctors and nurses. Everyone politely refused. I sensed many were not happy about a rich American (to them all Americans are rich) being in a free, government-run sanitarium. (They did not know I was just as broke as they were!)
The first few nights I woke around 2:00 a.m. coughing. One morning during my coughing spell, I noticed one of the older and sicker patients across the aisle trying to get out of bed. He would sit up on the edge of the bed and try to stand, but in weakness would fall back into bed. I did not understand what he was trying to do. He finally fell back into bed, exhausted. I heard him crying softly.
The next morning I realized that the man had been trying to get up and walk to the bathroom! The stench in the ward was awful. Other patients yelled insults at the man. Angry nurses moved him roughly from side to side, as they cleaned up the mess. One nurse even slapped him. The old man curled into a ball and wept.
The next night I again woke up coughing. I noticed the man across the aisle sit up and again and try to stand. Like the night before, he fell back whimpering. I don’t like bad smells, and I didn’t want to become involved, but I got out of bed and went over to him. When I touched his shoulder, his eyes opened wide with fear. I smiled, put my arms under him, and picked him up.
He was very light, due to old age and advanced TB. I carried him to the washroom, which was just a small filthy room with a hole in the floor. I stood behind him with my arms under his armpits as he took care of himself.
After he finished, I picked him up and carried him back to his bed. As I laid him down, he kissed me on the cheek, smiled, and said something I couldn’t understand. The next morning another patient woke me and handed me a steaming cup of tea. He motioned with his hands that he wanted a tract. As the sun rose, other patients approached and indicated they also wanted the booklets I had tried to distribute before. Throughout the day nurses, interns and doctors also asked for literature.
Weeks later, an evangelist who spoke the language visited me, and as he talked to others in the sanitarium, he discovered that several had put their trust in Christ as Savior as a result of reading the literature! What did it take to reach these people with the Gospel? It was not health, the ability to speak their language, or a persuasive talk. I simply took a trip to the bathroom.
Anyone could have done that!
You are not very smart, are you?
On one occasion, I had arrived at the Manila airport after 30 hours of travel. Needless to say, I was exhausted. I was taken directly to a conference center, where I was to speak to a gathering of 300 workers with children in crisis throughout the Philippines. It was a special banquet and celebration that night, and I was trying to stay awake.
After eating and during the preliminaries of the program, I was reviewing the notes of my message. A choir from a local orphanage had sung and was standing immediately behind me, waiting to sing again. One of the little boys, named Raffy, about six years old, was an orphan living at the Home of Joy and was standing quite close to me. We began to talk. He reminded me of my son, Robby.
Raffy noticed I was reviewing some notes and said, “What are you doing?”
I said, “Well, I am going over my notes for my message tonight.”
He said, “You need notes when you speak?” I said, “Yes.”
He said, “You’re not very smart, are you?”
I laughed and said, “No, I’m not.”
In his youthful innocence he said, “I don’t need to look at words when I sing. I just memorize them and sing.”
That night during my restless sleep, I thought of Raffy quite a bit. I telephoned my wife, Margaret, the next day and said, “God has given us two adopted children and perhaps we should think about one or two more.”
So, the next day I went to the Home of Joy orphanage and the director, who is a friend of ours, saw me coming, stepped outside and said, “No, Mr. Nichols. You cannot adopt Raffy.”
I said, “How did you know I was coming to you to talk about adopting Raffy?”
She said, “I saw how you and he were drawn to each other at the banquet last night.”
I said, “Why can’t Margaret and I adopt him?”
She replied, “Well, for one thing, you are too old! but seriously, we can’t release Raffy because the new law in the Philippines is that you have to keep families together and he has one brother and two sisters.”
We have kept in contact with Raffy through the Home of Joy over the years. His brother is now a second-year student at the Philippine Missionary Institute and Raffy is in his second year of studying automobile mechanics. Raffy and his brother and sisters are continuing on in the Lord and trust Him to use them for His glory.
James 1:27 (nasb) says, Pure and lasting religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit [care for] orphans … in their distress ….
No, I am not very smart, but I praise the Lord for allowing me to meet this little boy, whom God has continued to care for and work in and through to the blessing of others for His glory!
United Way is a network of 1800 local-based agencies in 45 countries advancing humanity through organizing millions of volunteers to give support, time, and effort. Emerging from the Wild West days in Denver through the ecumenical effort of Reverend Myron O. Reed, Monsignor William J. O’Ryan, Rabbi William S. Friedman, Dean H. Marten Hart, and Denver Philanthropist Francis Wisebart Jacobs. From their work and planning in 1887 to expanding to more than 1000 community based United Way organization by 1948: 1974:
United annual campaign of a single organization raised Ways raised $1,038,995,000 in America and Canada — the first time in history that an more than $1 billion.
1981: United Ways raised $1.68 billion, a 10.1 percent increase over the previous year. This figure represented the largest single-year percentage increase.
1982:United Way of America’s new National Service and Training Center opened in August, increasing the organization’s ability to assist the nation’s 2,200 United Ways.
2009:United Way International and United Way of America came together to create United Way Worldwide, the largest privately funded nonprofit in the World, with more than 1,800 United Ways in 41 countries and territories.
2011: United Way Worldwide signed a partnership agreement with the China Charity Federation increasing the reach and ability of the worldwide organization to create opportunities for a better life for all. The organization also launched its U.S. volunteer call to action with the goal of recruiting one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors to advance United Way education goals.
2012:United Way celebrates its 125th anniversary
Dear Mr. Weeks.
Thank you for your note and for your work on this project. I’m not sure what the chapter you are writing is focused on. I am presently living in a rural ministry station in Honduras and don’t have a lot of access to internet. I was not able to read your blog.
We work here with poor farmers trying to get them to change their farming practices to be more sustainable. Some are beginning to see the light. We have formed a cooperative and share our resources and ideas toward revitalizing burned out soil for the feeding of subsistence families. Of course the real feeding is on Sunday morning when we meet for discipleship and worship. May our spiritual hunger surpass our physical hunger!
Thank you again for your efforts for Christ and His kingdom.
Thomas Smoak III Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean ACTION
Jim and Kappy Robinette with Action International Ministries Mission AfricaAction Uganda
Through the years Jesus our Lord and Savior has led us into various ministries of compassion and mercy. We have taken the gospel to prisoners, missions, the sick, the homeless, and to churches. We have presented the gospel in various ways. This has included church planting, children’s ministry, preaching, teaching, music, one-on-one friendships, food distribution, and leadership training.
The Lord planted a desire in our hearts for overseas ministry. Our desire has increased and we see God’s call clearly now to serve Him in Africa as career missionaries to the urban poor. Jesus has given us a love for Africans and a zeal to see souls saved and served in Africa. We believe the Lord has called us to serve in the country of Uganda and other African nations. The need for ministry to the peoples of these countries is urgent. Matthew 25 and Isaiah 58 compel us.
Our vision to reach the Africans is through ministry to street children, to the AIDS afflicted, to prisoners and to orphans. We are preaching the gospel as well as caring for their physical needs. We are training national church leaders and planting churches. We are also developing care ministries for the poor.
In my next group I asked the Facebook evangelistic groups to share their view. I built a Facebook page for the question and invited everybody I could, and some people shared, some people enjoyed the discussion, and some called Facebook Security.
Hi, thanks for being a friend. I need help with my book. The pen is mighty, but I need people to know why their relationship with God is so important and how it feeds the starving, please tell us why by liking and posting at
https://www.facebook.com/Evangelismmakesmissionaries is where you can join the evangelist to hear about them and pray with them. I am writing a book and part of it is how important evangelism and our relationship with God is, please like this links page and comment. Ask me about the book or tell me a story to put in it.
My daughter Mary immediately shared her evangelistic view, with conviction.
“Hey, I got your link and here is what God gave me.
Jesus is the one essential in feeding the world’s starving. HE is I Am. (Isaiah 41:4 who has performed and done it, Calling the generations from the beginning? ‘I, the Lord, am the first; and with the last I am He.”)He is the all-encompassing answer to every problem. Perfect love casts out fear; only the love we receive from Him is perfect. (1 John 4:17 -19
As we live in God, our love grows perfect. We will not be afraid on the Day of Judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.) Greed is caused by fear of lack and ignorance of how blessed we are as individuals. When God reveals His love to our hearts we are compelled to show that love to others. Grace is contagious. As we wake up to Gods love for us we are filled to overflowing. It is that overflow meeting the physical and spiritual needs of others. Meeting a physical need is a key to open the door of the heart, a pathway to true healing. I have heard it said it is hard to hear the voice of God over the deafening rumbling of an empty stomach.
Even more heartbreaking than the bloated stomachs due to parasites and famine in impoverished nations is the bloated stomachs and spiritual famine due to the parasitic invasion of hopelessness, emptiness and the most ravaging of all, apathy. All around the world there is a spreading epidemic of excess and apathy, leaving a great chasm between the fed and underfed, despite technology and awareness. So, what takes us past well meaning awareness to wisdom, understanding, discernment and action? Nothing apart from the grace of God, that is Jesus.
Practically speaking, ask God to reveal to your heart ways you can daily (starting right now) show the love of Jesus to others however they need at an individual level. The word says those who are faithful in little will be faithful in much.
(Zechariah 4:10 “For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”)
Start small in your home, family, neighborhood, community etc. As you are faithful in the small opportunities, God will open your eyes and heart to a broader sphere of influence.
(Matthew 25:23 His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”)
When concerning ourselves with the physical needs of others we should remember to address any spiritual need as well. By giving credit to God by whom we receive the ability and desire to give in the first place, we acknowledge our one true source and provision.”
Next I summarize UNICEF and its impact, its gargantuan impact.
UNICEF is vital to the future of the world’s children.
2012 brought powerful achievements for children, declining poverty rates, and nearly eradicated polio with the overall increase of all immunizations. Now more girls attend school, and families gained improved access to clean water and nutrition. With more children surviving and thriving beyond their fifth birthdays than ever before, UNICEF did well.
168 governments and 400+ representatives from civil society and faith-based organizations pledged to “The Committing to Child Survival”. This program focuses on giving every child the best possible start in life.
With UNICEF being all-inclusive, everyone’s participation limits differences in politics and religion from slowing the rate of gain. All over the globe, UNICEF works with everyone, and their synergy is a powerful weapon against poverty.
UNICEF responding to 286 humanitarian emergencies in 79 countries confirms the synergetic super power they wield. For instance, they provided 19 million people with access to clean water, and treated more than 920,000 children under the age of five who were suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the Sahel. In 2012, nine countries in the Sahel – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal suffered major nutritional crises agitated by flooding, cholera, and population displacement and conflict in Mali.
In Syria UNICEF and partners supplied vaccines to more than 1.4 million children against measles, and delivered winter provisions, medicines, and non-food items to more than 263,000 people while educating 79,000 children. As time passed, the danger to UNICEF, and its partners grew along with the number of refugees. Today Syria is a danger zone in a region known for unrest and populated by many people in need of help, lifesaving assistance.
Total UNICEF revenue by source and funding type, 2012
RR: Regular resources, OR- Other resources
42% Governments RR: $601 million 15% Governments OR: $1,670 million
17% Private sector and non-governmental organizations OR: $678 million
15% Private sector and non-governmental organizations RR: $583 million
9% Inter-organizational arrangements OR: $350 million
2 % Other income RR: $76 million (UNICEF National Committees raised $29.8 million in 2012, which contributed to providing life-saving treatment to more than 920,000 severely malnourished children under five.)
The annual expenditure was $3,866,000,000 in 2012.
With the advanced, yet simple technology of cell phones UNICEF reduced turnaround time by half for medical test results. For AIDS, and many other diseases, tracking and treating contagions is simplified and improved, having miraculous impact on mortality rates. In Zambia, a RapidSMS (‘texting’) application transmits infant HIV test results from central laboratories in two main cities to all rural health facilities.
Innovation is prominent as plenty of effort is given for new ways to micro-manage the challenges faced. With new studies showing the precise areas to apply the work for optimal results, innovation is maximizing efficiency.
Enabling real-time monitoring of bottlenecks and barriers in programmatic work the new application MoRES is helping UNICEF and its partners to improve policies, and systems to target interventions that will lead to improved results.
In Guatemala MoRES was used to identify obstacles to school enrollment and causes for dropout, including low levels of parental involvement, inadequate materials, and poor education quality and child hunger.
In 2012, MoRES was applied in more than 30 countries across all geographic regions, using different entry points, depending on the national context. Analysis of these experiences found three key factors: broad partnerships involving a range of actors, including governments, multilateral and bilateral organizations and civil society; the use of innovative technologies for monitoring and program adjustments; in this work efficiency saves lives.
Social media bolstered the efforts of UNICEF and its numerous partners in raising funds and awareness of children’s issues. Through its global Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube platforms, as well as social media presence in several countries, UNICEF kept the world connected to the pressing needs of children.
Across the Sahel belt of Africa, an estimated 1.1 million children under age 5 were at risk of severe acute malnutrition in 2012. In April, UNICEF launched Sahel NOW, a campaign to create global awareness of the impending crisis. For the first time ever, National Committees and UNICEF offices united to engage in social media as the primary medium of communication for advocacy and fundraising. The campaign mobilized UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors at national and global levels to alert the world that converging conditions were threatening the nutritional status of children.
Targeted immunization campaigns as part of integrated health services have been effective in controlling childhood diseases, such as measles and polio in February 2012; India was removed from the WHO list of polio-endemic countries after completing one year without any cases. This came a mere three years after the country had contributed to nearly half of the world’s polio cases.
During 2012, Mozambique scaled up integrated community case management
of childhood illnesses, which UNICEF supports, and implemented a child health week that provided vitamin A supplements, polio immunizations, and worming treatment to some 4 million children. Health campaigns included indoor residual spraying to prevent malaria in 53 districts (and protecting about 8.5 million people) and helping control a cholera outbreak in the country. Fewer than 800 cholera cases resulted in 2012. A similar outbreak in 2009 resulted in 20,000 cases of the disease.
Integrated health campaigns helped save children’s lives. In Djibouti, UNICEF and the Government immunized more than 90,000 children under age 5 against measles also providing vitamin A supplementation, worming, and long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria. As part of this effort, 75 per cent of children with severe acute malnutrition, some17, 000 children, received ready-to-use therapeutic foods. With help from UNICEF, Tajikistan conducted two rounds of immunization against diphtheria and provided 900,000 children under age 5 with vitamin A. Some 30,000 children under age 2 and 18,000 pregnant women received micronutrient supplementation
In 2012, UNICEF supported community based management of acute malnutrition in more than 65 countries and reached over 1.9 million children under age 5 with life-saving treatment. Infant and young child feeding remained a pillar of UNICEF’s strategy to prevent malnutrition, including the promotion of breastfeeding. In 2012, with UNICEF support, at least 76 per cent of households in 69 countries used iodized salt.
With UNICEF support, approximately 29.5 million children were registered at birth in about 80 countries. UNICEF’s work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo prioritized birth registration and saw more than 350,500 children registered during 2012. In Belize, the Make Your Child Count multiplatform campaign brought birth registration to communities located far from traditional service points. As a result, the country is nearing universal birth registration, and it is anticipated that the last 10 per cent of disadvantaged boys and girls will soon gain access to education, health care and other essential services that come with the registration of their births.
Major developments for strengthening data collection, analysis and dissemination took place in 2012
UNICEF is the lead United Nations agency in reporting on the child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and provides rigorous analysis of multiple streams of data, with support from inter-agency groups. UNICEF contributes data that are used to measure progress towards 17 of 44 MDG indicators.
Weather extremes and natural disasters required prompt responses to avert mass casualties. For the third consecutive year, Pakistan was inundated with floods that affected some 5 million people. Immediately UNICEF began to reach more than 250,000 people daily with safe drinking water in the flood-affected provinces of Baluchistan, Punjab and Sindh. During the three-month peak of the emergency, some 500,000 people were provided with safe drinking water each day.
In 2012, UNICEF support helped provide more than 18.8 million people in humanitarian emergencies around the globe with access to safe water.
Typhoon Bopha in December 2012 entailed the distribution of 45,000 water and hygiene kits and water tanking in 39 sites, reaching more than 113,000 people. As 2012 came to a close, UNICEF joined the Government in assessing the typhoon’s damage and began the process of restoring safe water and sanitation, education, nutrition and child protection services.
Mali, suffering from an ongoing nutrition crisis, had a tenuous situation deteriorate even further when the country became involved in armed conflict. More than 2.8 million people were affected, including 560,461 school age children. In 2012, some 350,000 people in northern Mali fled their homes for safety in the south or to neighboring countries.
Throughout its history, UNICEF has delivered results for children through collaborative relationships with a broad range of actors, including governments, the multilateral system, civil society organizations, the private sector and global program partners. In 2012, UNICEF expanded its Strategic Framework for Partnerships and Collaborative Relationships in consideration of changes in the development landscape that affect the ways in conducting business.
The decrease over the past two decades in the global number of under-five deaths from about 12 million in 1990 to about 6.9 million in 2012 is the most dramatic statistic, saving five million children a year through generations of effort is an incredible feat.
Unique to UNICEF are 36 National Committees: independent, local NGOs that raise funds and advocate for children’s UNICEF’s revenue in 2012 that came from private sector contributions. An important fundraising tool has been the use of Premium Short Message Service (PSMS) in which people can donate to UNICEF through text messaging. Their fundraising efforts contributed to UNICEF’s success in fulfilling the ‘3 in 3 campaign’ to recruit 3 million active pledge donors over a three-year period, reaching the goal a full six months earlier than the target date of 31 December 2012. Efforts led to a record-breaking pledge income of $555 million in 2012. National Committees played a vital role in securing the nearly one third of
UNICEF National Committees
Andorran Committee for UNICEF,
Australian Committee for UNICEF Limited, Austrian Committee for UNICEF
Belgian Committee for UNICEF
Canadian UNICEF Committee
Czech Committee for UNICEF
Danish Committee for UNICEF
Estonian National Committee for UNICEF
Finnish Committee for UNICEF
French Committee for UNICEF
German Committee for UNICEF
Hellenic National Committee for UNICEF
Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF
UNICEF Hungarian Committee Foundation
Icelandic National Committee for UNICEF
Israeli Fund for UNICEF
Italian Committee for UNICEF
Japan Committee for UNICEF
Korean Committee for UNICEF
Lithuanian National Committee for UNICEF
Luxembourg Committee for UNICEF
Dutch Committee for UNICEF
New Zealand National Committee for UNICEF
Norwegian Committee for UNICEF
Polish National Committee for UNICEF
Portuguese Committee for UNICEF
National Committee for UNICEF of San Marino
Slovak Committee for UNICEF
Slovenian Committee for UNICEF
Spanish Committee for UNICEF
Swedish Committee for UNICEF
Swiss Committee for UNICEF
Turkish National Committee for UNICEF
United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF
United States Fund for UNICEF
UNICEF’s work in 2012 includes the tireless advocacy of 32 global, 14 regional and more than 200 national Goodwill Ambassadors.
Dedicated staff worldwide, enlisted for their expertise and passion carry out UNICEF’s work. At the end of 2012, UNICEF had about 11,500 staff, with 87 per cent working in country and regional offices and 13 per cent in headquarters locations.
The Peace Corps took shape in 1960 when Senator John F. Kennedy summoned students to serve their country’s pursuit of peace by working in developing countries. In the next year then President Kennedy initiated the Peace Corps to enhance global friendship and peace.
Over the passing years more than 210,000 volunteers have lived in 139 countries far from home helping those who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities. Today volunteers promote essential’s such as IT, business development, Environmental preservation, and Health science like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. For the fiscal year 2013 the budget is $377.295 million, a large number, but it is used very efficiently impacting our nation’s global initiative for peace. http://fpcv.org/fallen-pcvs/ honoring our volunteers who lost their lives while serving.
8,073 volunteers and trainees (females serving twice as often as males) are currently working in 76 countries. Most of the volunteers are single and on the average younger than 30, although 7% are over 50. The majority of work is education, but health, economic development, environmental protection, farming and agriculture are priorities as well as other miscellaneous efforts.
Length of service is 27 months, which includes an average of 10 weeks of in-country training and 24 months of Volunteer service. The application process averages nine–12 months. The minimum age for Peace Corps service is 18; there s no upper age limit and all Volunteers must be U.S. citizens.
Volunteers receive a living allowance that covers housing, food, and incidentals. The health, safety, and security of Volunteers is Peace Corps’ highest priority. The agency devotes significant resources to provide Volunteers with the training, support, and information they need to stay healthy and safe.
Impacting disasters globally, Crisis Corps: On December 4, 1995, Peace Corps sent volunteers to the island of Antigua to help rebuild where Hurricane Luis destroyed. This was the first effort of the Crisis Corps, a new program to respond to humanitarian crises and natural disasters. Typically, the volunteers are specialist from the ranks of Peace Corps. They share experience and knowledge on short-term, high-impact assignments that requires their expertise.
President Clinton announced the creation of the Crisis Corps program during a ceremony celebrating thirty-five years of the Peace Corps and the beginning of the new program, Crisis Corps. Later that year, the first official Crisis Corps volunteers were sent to the Czech Republic to work following severe floods.
On June 29, 2006 in Washington, D.C., the Crisis Corps celebrated its 10th anniversary by sending the 1000th Crisis Corps Volunteer to El Salvador. Since the organization’s inception in 1996, Crisis Corps has served in 42 countries enabling volunteers to use their expertise and commitment to help rebuild countries after natural disasters. Crisis Corps volunteers have served throughout the world in a variety of capacities. They’ve served in Europe in both Bosnia (post conflict assistance) and Czechoslovakia (environmental assistance).
Crisis corps promote health initiatives, HIV/AIDS prevention, natural disaster relief, reconstruction, disaster preparedness, mitigation, post-conflict relief and reconstruction
In Africa, Crisis Corps have volunteered in Cameroon, Cte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania Togo and Zambia.
In Asia, volunteers have been involved in humanitarian assistance, natural disaster relief and reconstruction in Thailand and Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami.
In the Caribbean, Crisis Corps volunteers work in Antigua, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Montserrat.
Latin America has Crisis Corps volunteers serving in Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela.
In the Pacific Islands, volunteers work in the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Papua New Guinea. The Peace Corps are a prime example of the United States Federal Government feeding the world’s starving http://www.peacecorps.gov/
The study would be incomplete without taking a look at some donors. Organizations and private parties share their unique vision, and donating funds, goods are obviously vital to feeding the starving or whatever cause they promote.
Be it life-saving immunization’s in Afghanistan or Malaysia, or in North Korea, an ambulance that assisted a hospital. Giving thousands of college students the chance to study abroad and a lot more, the Rotarians are a donating force with a long history of action and direct impact.
The Rotary Foundation, the brainchild of RI President Arch C. Klumph began in 1917. Fueled by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation. It pays the overhead expenses with the interest earned on contributions.
As an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world,” its initial contribution was $26.50 in 1918, $73 million contributed in 2000-01 but, that’s not The Rotary Foundation’s focus. Its the event-filled years that is a tale of action and impact. The story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity, and the citizens of the earth benefiting from that service. This almost rhymes with the evangelizing missionaries getting amped by the joy of God’s love, they must be related.
Their Humanitarian Programs promote the quality of life by providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs Globally. Arch Klumph said at the 1917 convention when he proposed the creation of an endowment fund, an organization that touches the hearts and souls of millions upon millions,
here to learn to do good in the world — They have learned well.
Every day, Sodexo serves hundreds of thousands of nutritious meals, 50 million people are at risk of hunger, including more than 16 million children http://www.sodexofoundation.org/hunger_us/default.asp
Sodexo is one of the largest donors of surplus perishable and non-perishable food.
It is committed to ongoing food recovery efforts by donating hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to Feeding America members and other local food banks across the country. They are creating sustainable solutions to hunger relief in America.
http://www.hungercenter.org/ The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to make issues of domestic and international hunger a priority to policymakers in the U.S. government, and to raise a new generation of leaders to fight against hunger and poverty. Some of the participants in this effort include:
The ConAgra Foods Foundation sponsors CHC’s Child Hunger Initiative on Learning and Development (CHILD) project as well as lots of other activities of high impact.
C & S Wholesale Grocers Eliminating Hunger is working with leading national hunger organizations Feeding America, Share Our Strength and the Congressional Hunger Center. C&S focus on the immediate needs of the starving and contribute to innovative, long-term solutions.
http://www.vwg.com/Victory_Wholesale_Group/About_Us.html Victory Wholesale Group(VWG) has contributed $25,000 to CHC every year since 1994, for the Victory Against Hunger Awards program
Also working with the Congressional Hunger Center is 3M, AARP, Alliance to End Hunger, American Airlines, American Beverage Association, Archer Daniels Midland, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bread for the World, C&S Grocers, CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cargill Inc, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, ConAgra Foods Foundation, Council for Biotechnology Information, CQ Roll Call, David P. Lambert, Dennis & Cindy Hertel, Diageo, DuPont, ES Foods, Farm Journal Foundation (Farmers Feeding the World), Feeding America, Food Marketing Institute, Food Research and Action Center, General Mills, Inc. Foundation, General Motors, Global Child Nutrition Foundation/School Nutrition Association, Global Harvest Initiative, Grocery Manufacturers Association, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Dairy Foods Association, Kellogg Company, Kraft Foods, Land O’Lakes Foundation and Land O’Lakes Inc., Mars, Inc., MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Monsanto Company, National Dairy Council, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, Nestle USA, North American Millers’ Association, PepsiCo, Politico, Safeway, Share Our Strength, Snack Food Association, Sodexo, Students Team Up to Fight Hunger, Syngenta, Tyson Foods, Inc., U.S. Department of Agriculture, Victory Wholesale Group, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Walmart, World Food Program USA, Winston & Strawn LLP,YUM! Brands
Founded in 1882, Knights of Columbus. http://www.kofc.org/un/en/index.html
They are men of faith and men of action. Last year alone, in addition to raising and donating more than $158 million to charitable needs and projects, they volunteered more than 70 million hours of their time to charitable causes. Their charitable activities impact an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. Some of their international charitable partnerships include
http://www.kiwanis.org/kiwanis . Kiwanis stage nearly 150,000 service projects, devote more than 6 million hours of service and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects. Key Club members pitch in 12 million hours of service each year, and CKI members another 500,000 hours of service! Aktion Club members donate another 92,000 hours of service every year. Add it all up, and that’s more than 18 million hours of service every year!
http://philanthropy.com/stats/topdonors/ This website has a long list of philanthropist who donate vast sums of money to support, promote, and preserve their cause.
Below are prime examples of private individuals helping Humanity and the planet.
Jeff Skoll – http://www.skollfoundation.org/ Skoll Foundation
In 2009, Skoll founded the Skoll Global Threats Fund focusing on climate change, water scarcity, pandemics, nuclear proliferation and Middle East conflict.
http://ciff.org/ The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation-Chris and Jamie Cooper-Hohn. This foundation invest where they get the profoundest impact on the sustainability of the children of India and Africa. As 2013 comes to a close they celebrate their first decade of operation. Their investment is growing at a rate of 40% growth over the last four years.
Richard Branson – http://www.virgin.com/unite The entrepreneurial approach is vintage Branson, who in 2006 pledged all his profits from transportation businesses over the next 10 years to developing green energy.
John Wood – http://www.roomtoread.org/Welcome
John Wood, works to get books to poor children. By now his programs have reached more than three million children; he distributes a new book every three minutes.
Arpad Busson- http://www.arkonline.org/
Arpad’s group has freed 1,700 kids in Eastern Europe from institutionalized care, and ensured that 50,000 children of AIDS patients in South Africa can attend school.
Eli & Edythe Broad – http://www.broadfoundation.org/ The Broad Foundations
Their impact is felt in the projects ; the Broads have given away more than $400 million since 1999.
Thomas Siebel – http://www.methproject.org/ The Meth Project
Thomas Siebel works to eradicate meth abuse in the United States. http://www.methproject.org/about/
Donna & Philip Berber – http://www.aglimmerofhope.org/home A Glimmer of Hope Foundation have spent more than a decade on the ground in rural Ethiopia promoting clean water, health, education, and microfinance.
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/ Bill & Melinda Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: with $34 billion in assets is the largest foundation, and it’s complicated goals, like an AIDS vaccine could take a decade or more to realize, but if the foundation’s long-term initiatives do pay off, it would be a milestone for Humanity. The foundation is sponsoring projects in more than 100 countries.
http://www.robinhood.org/homepage Paul Tudor Jones II – Robin Hood Foundation since 1998 Robin Hood has donated $1.1 billion
http://www.womenmovingmillions.net/ Helen and Swanee Hunt -Women Moving Millions Helen Hunt, with her sister Swanee, has tapped wealthy women for $180 million in three years for women’s causes.
EBay founder Pierre & Pam Omidyar- http://www.omidyar.com/ Omidyar Network
Pierre Omidyar applies a venture-capital approach to recipients ranging from microloans to Wikipedia. http://www.omidyargroup.com/focus
http://www.clintonfoundation.org/ Bill & Hillary Clinton and Chelsea – The Clinton Foundation and its 2,300 Clinton Global Initiative commitments have improved the lives of more than 400 million people in 180 nations. and brought about access to schooling for 10 million children, safe drinking water for 12 million, and a reduction of 40 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide emissions.
http://tribecafilm.com/festival/about-tff Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff & Robert De Niro Tribeca Film Festival. The Festival has screened over 1400 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4 million attendees and has generated an estimated $750 million in economic activity for New York City.
http://www.cartercenter.org/homepage.html Jimmy Carter conducts his charity work through The Carter Center. President Carter snagged the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, and he still picks up a hammer each year to lead a project for Habitat for Humanity. He has championed civil rights, and most humanitarian efforts during his tenure as a senior world philanthropist.
http://www.bhartifoundation.org/ Sunil Mittal-Chairman and Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises BHARTI FOUNDATION, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises was established in 2000 with a vision “To help underprivileged children and young people
http://makeitright.org/about/ Founded by Brad Pitt in 2007, Make It Right builds homes, buildings and communities for people in need. All Make It Right projects are LEED Platinum certified and Cradle to Cradle inspired – meeting the highest standards of green building. Mr. Pitt’s $5 million toward 150 new low-income homes in New Orleans has enormous impact. Pitt builds a house that would float if there’s another flood.
http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about – George Soros -The Hungarian-born hedge-fund manager , donated $100 million to aid in mitigation of the economic crisis in Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Soros has donated over $6 billion in his philanthropist activities, many of them concentrating on Central and Eastern Europe. Funded Global Water Initiative for crucial, rural water-projects in 13 countries had a substantial impact.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson The Magic Johnson Foundation
through his foundation, has provided free testing to more than 38,000 Americans in 16 major cities. He also sponsors community centers for kids, computer training and more.
Marcos de Moraes http://www.bhutanfound.org/?p=257
contribute to strategies of conservation of the environment, equitable and sustainable development, good governance, and preservation of culture in Bhutan. Mr. de Moraes was the world’s leading donor in 2009 and very active in philanthropy. He provides the web to underprivileged students and dynamic work through Synergos.
David and Cheryl Duffield
The creator of Peoplesoft and principle of the Maddie Foundation gave $200 million to set up the Maddie Foundation, which finds homes for some 70,000 dogs and cats each year. Maddie was a favorite Miniature Schnauzer who inspired her humans to start Maddie’s Fund®, in her name.
William Barron Hilton http://www.hiltonfoundation.org/ William Barron Hilton’s clan may be better known for living large than giving large, but the hotelier hopes to change that by giving the majority of his wealth to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
Howard G. Buffett Howard G. Buffett Foundation
Howard, 54, the eldest son, is focused on helping displaced African farmers return to their homes and resume work in areas like Kenya, Somalia and Darfur
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Below Kellie Obrien was kind enough to share her schools story and why.
http://www.obrienschool.com/Home.html O’Brien School for the Maasai
Just seven short year ago, cows and goats grazed where O’Brien School for the Maasai now stands.
Gabriel, a Maasai leader, had been coming to a Franciscan convent asking for help with a school for his poor, Maasai village. “Pray Gabriel, someone will show up” the sisters said. Little did we know that we would be the answer to Gabriels’ prayer. My daughter , Heather, and I were doing volunteer work at the convent.
A few days later we were sitting in a dung hut listening to the need for a school for this village, I turned to my daughter and said, “I think this is the reason God sent us to Africa. Our lives are about to change. We are going to build this village a school”.
On the back of an envelope, we designed our first three classrooms.
Today, O’Brien School for the Maasai has 10 beautiful classrooms, a 4,000 book library, vocational center for the women to learn to sew and do beading, out door dining hall with a stage, 2 acre irrigated vegetable garden, hundreds of newly planted trees that have medicinal purposes, electricity, a 300′ bore hole and the support and gratitude of the Maasai elders and village. We have 340 English speaking Maasai students.
We are the second highest ranked school in our district and in the last National Exams, we had 3 of the top ten students. Maasai children are eager to learn and we are there to help them find “their greatness.” Living is a dung hut should not determine who you are meant to be in this world.
We are an English Medium Primary School with very high standards. Our philosophy is that of helping our students grow in virtue not just academics. It is through this that leads to the development of competent, responsible , considerate and committed students who will go on to the “future leaders of their country”. Our goal is to foster their future in becoming leaders of their country based on bible principles.
“Nothing is impossible with God”. How was so much accomplished in such a short time? It is because 100% of all donations go directly to support this project and we feel the hand of God over us. This is a village of Christian Maasai that still live in the time of Christ.
The women walk to the well for water, women are not educated, they are a tribe of herders of cows and goats and live in dung huts with no furniture and only the clothes they wear. And now, they are open to creating a better future for their children through education.
It is impossible to be part of this village and not recognize the needs of the more than 120 widows with no means of support and also the women who have never had an opportunity to make money but to chop down trees and sell them for firewood. We are trying to offer them alternatives. Did Jesus not command us to take care of the widows?
We have ongoing projects where over 100 women come to work on beading projects, using their natural talents to create items appreciated by the western market. Also projects for growing aloe vera and cell phone charging will be part of their next projects. The women already have mastered the 10 sewing machines and are making not only school uniforms but also creative clothing from their local ‘Kanga’ cloths.
Yes , while this is all serving God’s poor and starving , it is also feeds the staving souls of Americans who do not recognize what it is that they need to feel happy and content. Being in the service of others is what creates true happiness. Nothing we can buy can satisfies our soul like sharing what you have to change someone else’s’ future. “It is in giving that we receive”.
We are faith based in our purpose and committed to creating a generation of Maasai children who see their purpose as one of giving back and being grateful. Tanzania and all of Africa needs the next generation to be well formed in character and come from a high standard of education and principles in order to change the course and eliminate the corruption that seems to overshadow the progress of their countries.
We pray that God will give us “Singleness of purpose, strength to lift up a part of the burden of my suffering fellow men and a true realizations of the privilege that is mine”. Mother Theresa.
Kellie Obrien- O’Brien School for the Maasai http://www.obrienschool.com/Home.html
In conclusion I would like to share my summary, the blog will continue to spotlight the challenges of feeding the world’s starving, but now I wish to share some of my poignant observations discovered during the writing of this book and researching its complex subject.
I could restate the enormity of this subject with mathematics, and charts, but let’s huddle up to the principles involved. The end-resulting facts need no clarification by numbers and trend charting. It is very clear, some care, some do not. The shocking evidence is in the pudding, and few like the taste of intolerance. The bitter truth is many of our problems are obscured deep within our self.
My intolerance driven ignorance sneaks up on my blind side to tweak my nose. I am not alone as intolerance has always plagued humanity with its trickery and deceit. It is so very common that is accepted without consternation, as aging or gravity, but it is not inevitable. It is the confidant of hate. My intolerance really irritated me once I recognized it.
Feeding billions of starving people with dangerous treks across the badlands is bigger than it sounds, or as I imagined. That sounds strange, but once the personal interviews and affirmations of faith came in, I finally understood. The ringing fact is “A few fed many” and now I understand until I face the danger, and feel the pain, I do not know how difficult the mission is.
The people who are the few:
Although the book is packed with the heroes feeding, still they are surely outnumbered by the apathetic, to the point that out of frustration I opened a Facebook site dedicated titled “Apathy, it makes people say the darnedest things”.
Once again, I supplied myself with an epiphany. I discovered my ignorance supporting the root evil that hides in intolerance’s skirts, hate. The hate is as infectious as the “Black Plague” and is prevalent where ever people are offended by other’s priorities and beliefs. The quest to understand the sin of Apathy is a witch-hunt, people believe as they wish. Intolerance is the bully using duress to change minds, and its complicity fostering hate is shameful.
I am an author, not an ordained minister, nor an evangelizing missionary. Fortunately, I can see my own errors, and learn to avoid them. Hate grabbed me by the brain searching my soul for the off button. It plagued me with frustration-born anger and caused me to vent, and like a cough during flu season, spread to others in my circle of life. Between the injustices abroad and the political upheaval at home, I felt frustration, but the bully pulpit I considered mounting was repulsive and I saw the error of my ways.
Enough of my self-chastising banters; the story is about humanity and not me, the real facts are clear.
We have an amazing group with a mission, and it is their lives work ending the suffering. Huge food producers and their army of distributors work around the world and here in the United States. We have evangelizing missionaries spreading the message they see as vital, and lifesaving. They are an example of why someone faces discomfort, danger, and even death to feed the starving. One of the rewards I harvested is that my research put me in touch with many of these missionaries, and even the evangelist at home. I learned making bibles feeds starving people, go figure. Hindsight knocked the bliss out my ignorance, the entire effort is concerted, and all of its components, large and small, are vital to the mission.
We have national and international government organizations working towards the goal of feeding starving masses in critical danger zones, the most dangerous. These groups have a large list of volunteer nurturers who lost their lives for offering a hand. We have people joining the effort secularly as well and they care too. I will embrace the good, such that it is. This army has the donors, large and small, fueling the troops. Just when I thought I found somebody to look down my nose at I find a giant group of the world’s top 1% wealthiest fueling efforts because they care. Now I have completed the study I recognize my intolerance.
Objectivity is a writer’s true power tool and cannot be left at home while we toil, it must but be used. In the end, I am glad I bite my tongue, and curb my quill. The biggest lesson I learned I have learned before, but time erodes the clarity of my knowledge. Sharing is a privilege, and believe me when I say that it was a privilege to share this with you. May the world become intolerant only of intolerance and knock the bliss out of ignorance.
Another of my books you are welcome to review “The End of Humanity”