Richer than you think?
    September 20 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    An article from Baptist Global Response begins like this: “They volunteered to die.” Why would elderly men and women in a West African village volunteer to die? Because there wasn’t enough food and they chose to give their food to their children and grandchildren.

    This scenario is real and it happens all over the world, probably more often than we realize. Hunger and malnutrition are the number one health risks worldwide. Every day about 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes.

    David Platt talks about hunger and poverty in his book Radical. I recommend it and I encourage you to read it. But I should warn you: your toes will be stepped on and sometimes it will be difficult to turn to the next page. It is a very convicting read, but one that will change your perspective on quite a few things.

    Pastor Platt writes that more than one billion people in the world live, and also die, in poverty.

    These are people trying to live on less than one dollar per day.

    Another two billion people live on less than two dollars per day. What that amounts to, Platt writes, is “nearly half the world struggling to find food, water, and shelter with the same amount of money I spend on french fries for lunch.”

    I don’t know about you, but for me, that is hard to read. If we are honest, we must admit that we sometimes use money frivolously when people around the world are dying because they cannot get enough food.

    Platt also says that if you have running water, shelter over your head, clothes to wear, food to eat, transportation (even if it’s public transportation), you are in the top 15 percent of the world’s wealthiest people. We may not want to acknowledge it, but in this comparison, we are rich people.

    October 10 is World Hunger Sunday. Across the nation, Southern Baptists will give to the Southern Baptist World Hunger Offering. This offering helps provide food and clean water for thousands of people.

    You may be reluctant to give because the problem is so overwhelming and you cannot change it. If that is how you are thinking, I would say to you that you are correct. You cannot change the hunger problem for the entire world. Yet, you can do something. You can give something that will make a difference to someone. I hope the church you attend will develop a plan to share information about the reality of world hunger and ask people to give in October. What can you sacrifice in order to give to this offering?

    What can you go without in order to give more? If the Lord has blessed and you are rich, please give generously.

    For more information about the World Hunger Offering, visit

    “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…”Matthew 25:35  
    9/20/2010 8:50:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

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