Food for the Hungry Leadership invites you to join us in fasting and praying to protect the most vulnerable of this world. Our fast will begin on Monday, March 28– along with many others participating in the HungerFast – and end Sunday, April 24. We also invite you to join this time of prayer and fasting to collectively commit everything we do as individuals and as an organization to God (Proverbs 16:3).
The US Congress has proposed to significantly cut humanitarian assistance to hungry people around the world. We are inviting you to join together in prayer and fasting to form a spiritual circle of protection around those who would be most hurt by the cuts.
The budget cuts would deny approximately 18 million poor and vulnerable people life-saving help. As Dave Evans, US President, has explained “These programs account for less than one-half of 1 percent of the total federal budget, thus cutting them to the bone will have absolutely no measurable impact on the federal deficit; instead, it will result in millions of people around the world falling deeper into poverty”. Food for the Hungry leadership will be fasting. As part of the FH activities linked to this fast, Dave Evans will also be visiting Ethiopia in late March/early April. He will relay stories from people in communities where FH/Ethiopia is engaged in food security programming. Last year FH activities around the world had a significant impact on the lives of the hungry with nearly three-quarters of a million people benefiting from better food security. As another global food crisis grows to extremes this summer, we are calling all peoples of the world to step up their commitments to the most vulnerable – not scale back.
We are joining Tony Hall, a good friend of Food for the Hungry’s, who is organizing this effort. Tony is a strong believer and has been a faithful advocate for the hungry for many years. You can learn about this time of prayer and fasting and sign up for how you can get involved at: http://hungerfast.org/.
You can visit the Food for the Hungry website to learn more about how YOUR efforts will make a difference.
I encourage you to prayerfully consider joining us in this effort.
Keith Wright, International President, wrote,
“In addition to rallying around the most vulnerable of the world I would like us to use this time as an organization to prayerfully ‘commit everything that we do to God’. One of the most powerful lessons I have learned in recent years is that when we commit everything that we do to God, our plans succeed (see Proverbs 16:3). I have seen God unleash incredible progress and opportunities in FH when groups of staff do this together and intentionally. As we join this time of praying and fasting my challenge is for us, collectively, to commit this ministry, our work, our relationships, and our leadership to God. As we do that I know God will honor the promise he has given us in the past.
In closing I would like to include a statement from Tony Hall. He wrote this regarding the HungerFast but I believe it applies to this season of FH as well:
In the faith community and hunger community, we’ve tried just about everything, from reason, to letters, to visits, to admonishments. When you face a crucial situation and all the things you’ve tried seem to fail, a fast signals an appeal for divine guidance and direction. It’s time to call in God. A fast has to be first unto God to humble ourselves and unleash Him. Your faith is also unleashed when you struggle against injustice. Fasting, when done with the right heart and the right motive may provide a key to unlock doors when other keys have failed. When you set aside the needs of your body and seek God with all your heart, you’re saying, “God, I mean business, and I’m not going to let go unless you answer!” Fasting gives an edge to your prayers – a power. And it says I do not intend to take no for an answer.
Food for the Hungry Leadership is committed to this action. Please JOIN US.
Go to http://hungerfast.org/ to learn more about how you can get involved and to register your participation.