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And now on a more serious note, (I KNOW--me?)I been thinking about stuff. At the women's conference I just came back from, a major emphasis was on social justice and concrete ways to make a difference in the world.
Perhaps you are aware that there are some problems with the global economy? A few news programs have recently carried stories about it, I believe. So you might know about that. One aspect of it that has not been so widely publicized (at least, that I've noticed) has been the meltdown's effect on the developing world.
The CEO of Compassion International spoke and said that in effect, the buying power for the average worker in developing countries has been at least halved. When you make $45 a month (not a bad wage for that part of the world) and a 10 kilo bag of rice (about a 2 weeks' supply of food) goes from $15 to $35, you got problems.
He said that mothers in Haiti are feeding their children mud cakes. Mud cakes. And that in Bangladesh, many are subsisting on what is called "rat rice". This is rice that has been snatched by rodents and ferreted away into their nests. People go looking for the nests or rat holes, to get the rice back so they can eat it themselves. He says HIV rates are rising and will continue to, because as currency is devalued, people will trade sex for food.
Compassion, is basically a child sponsorship program that is run through local churches in developing countries. Besides education, food and medical care, sponsorship also provides job training and counseling for the parents of the child. We've been sponsoring a couple children for a few years now, but I am really thinking of how we can do more. I think most people's tendency in times like this--ours included, is to cut back on their spending and their giving, but I've been wondering how that will ultimately effect the poorest of the poor.
It's a big world, and there are hurting people in rich countries, too. But on my worst days, I don't have to steal food from rodents to feed my kids. If you look up "sobering thought" in the dictionary, I'm pretty sure this would be an example given. Why am I writing about this? Well, it's just been on mind, it's been challenging me to reach out and do more, and I thought I might pass it on. Not a guilt trip, but an awareness one.
But this I know--God is good. God is love. He cares about the least, the last and the lost. He pays attention to how we treat them. And I don't wanna be ignorant of what's going on in their world. For info on child sponsorship,go here. Or here.
And now, a cute picture of Ava and Nate to cheer you. Mwah!