Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Geophagy - Sustaining Life?

I've noticed there was increased traffic yesterday on the news and blogs about Haiti and the infamous mud cakes or cookies. The practice of eating dirt is called geophagy and in some places of the world its culturally accepted. Especially among pregnant women. Unfortunately in Haiti it's done for one main reason and that reason is hunger. You'll see it proliferate the Internet for a week or two at a time as new readers find out and spread the word sharing their own shock and displeasure. Here's an MSNBC article from a while back. The reality is this practice is not new or recent. It's been happening for a long, long time. It happens everyday around the world. Should it? Absolutely not. We as a society need to step out and do more. More long term actions that sustain, teach and empower locals to produce and care for their own people. Caring for the least of these is just one way we can be the hands and feet of Jesus while here on earth and when we do that, it's as if we care for Jesus himself. (Matthew 25:37-40). What a privilege to care for others. Thank God that we're physically well enough and in most cases financially well enough that we can do that. Both here at home and in places like Haiti. Don't wait for someone else to do it. If not you, then who?

I have an exciting day ahead. This afternoon I have an opportunity to share Haiti with the owners of my local Chick Fil A. We're hoping we can come up with some fundraising ideas. I'm sure we can. Please be in prayer.

This evening the team is meeting to plan the fundraising events for the month and finish flight plans as well. This will hopefully be the first get together for the entire group. I'm really looking forward to that as well. It should be a good time of fellowship and making new friends.

Continue to pray about our funding. We're working hard on it, but the timing is tight. Fortunately we serve a God who works on a perfect timeline. Talk to you all soon.

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