“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘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 and 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, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” – Matthew 25:37-40
Just a month or so ago, we celebrated the birth of our Saviour and Lord. Over the season of Christmas and New Years, I participated in at least seven different events that included immense amounts of food. Turkey, ham, stuffing, vegetables, Christmas pudding and a host of other foods all were a part of the various menus. For the meals my family prepared, we simply went to the grocery store sometime earlier in the week and bought what we needed. Not once did I wonder if I could buy a turkey, ham, bread, or vegetables. We just assumed the store would have plenty.
During one of our family advent devotionals we read from Matthew the story of Jesus and his family fleeing to Egypt as refugees and it struck me – did they have food? The Biblical story doesn’t indicate that hunger was a reality but it also does not preclude it. So often we read the story of Jesus’ birth at the conclusion of a meal that most persons around the world would deem a feast. Yet for us it was simply Christmas dinner.
Today, whether it is in Malawi, Venezuela, Zimbabwe or many other parts of the world, Christmas dinner can be a very different experience. Hunger is a reality. For many, Christmas dinner likely has more in common with Jesus the refugee fleeing to Egypt than how we experience it in Canada.
In December 2018, Be in Christ Church of Canada partnered with the BIC Church in Malawi to provide immediate food relief to people who were hungry. Large scale hunger was the result of significant dry spells and an infestation of army worms that decimated crops. Be in Christ Church of Canada and the BIC Church in Malawi together provided 23,475 Kgs of rice and beans for those who were most hungry. This provided immediate relief for approximately 1,175 persons in the districts (provinces) of Chikwawa, Machinga and Mangochi.
We were able to respond quickly to provide this relief because of the generous responses of our people to the World Hunger Fund (WHF). The WHF allows us to provide immediate response to the physical needs of persons around the world through our partner BIC churches. The WHF is not a development agency; it is simply a way for us to say to our sisters and brothers, “You don’t walk alone. We are with you when you prosper and when you are in need.”
Let me encourage you to consider giving to the World Hunger Fund.
DONATE HERE (Select “World Hunger Fund” from the GLOBAL PROJECT dropdown menu)
It allows us to respond to the immediate needs of our sisters and brothers around the world. In 2018, together as the Be in Christ Church of Canada, we helped with food and other needs for people in Malawi, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. Through your giving to the World Hunger Fund, you make an immediate difference in the lives of many.
1. For a healthy crop (a good rainy season) / growing season.
2. For the Church to continue to grow in effectiveness and mission in the midst of economic struggle.
— Doug Sider is the Area Director for Central and Southern Africa at BIC Canada Global.
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