On the way to Sunday … the usual

I’m not thirsty,
but I’m standing in line.
I’ll have the usual
I’ll have the usual

from John Hiat’s song The Usual

The 2010 estimate, the most recent, says that 925 million people were undernourished in 2010.  925 million people is 13.6 percent of the estimated world population of 6.8 billion or almost 1 in 7 people are hungry.  Nearly all of the undernourished are in developing countries. The number of hungry people has nearly doubled since 1995.  More information about the world hunger problem is available here.

The increase has been due to three factors:

1) neglect of agriculture relevant to very poor people by governments and international agencies

2) the current worldwide economic crisis and

3) the significant increase of food prices which has been devastating to those with only a few dollars a day to spend.

Children are the most visible victims of under nutrition. Children who are poorly nourished suffer up to 160 days of illness each year. Poor nutrition plays a role in at least half of the 10.9 million child deaths each year–five million deaths. Under nutrition magnifies the effect of every disease, including measles and malaria. The estimated proportions of deaths in which under nutrition is an underlying cause are roughly similar for diarrhea (61%), malaria (57%), pneumonia (52%), and measles (45%). Malnutrition can also be caused by diseases, such as the diseases that cause diarrhea, by reducing the body’s ability to convert food into usable nutrients.

Simply put every 6 seconds a child dies in the world as a result of hunger related problems.

If that is the usual, then something should change.

Thankfully it can thanks to organizations like Pack Away Hunger.  My church has partnered with this organization to help provide meals to people in Central Indiana and far away places like Africa and Guatemala.  Mark your calendar now for our Annual Fish Fry – June 14-16 as proceeds from this event will help fight hunger and nutrition problems.  You can volunteer to work or just come and eat!

Until then … join us on Sunday … as we explore what more of the usual looks like in the weeks following Easter morning!

See you Sunday …

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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