Last week our Junior Youth had the chance to go out and collect food as a part of the Drive Away Hunger campaign. Unlike last year, we were blessed to do it without rain, which was a bonus!
In total, the campaign brought just about 20 000 pounds of food into Southeast Helping Hands. This food will find its way to the hands of the people who need it most.
Something that I really appreciate about this event is the way that our group gets to join together with so many other groups to combat such a large issue. The unfortunate reality of hunger is that a single campaign like this isn’t going to make it go away. But, participating in events like this can help our youth become aware of the need that exists even in our own area of the world.
I think it’s easy for us to think that poverty and hunger exists in far away places, in other countries and in other cities. It’s easy to disconnect from the problem. But it’s not just far away, it’s next door, and perhaps for some, it’s right at home.
In James 2:15-16 we read:
“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”
Throughout the Bible, we’re reminded that our faith must be more than just an intellectual assent. What we believe must not just direct what we think, but the actions that we take. What we do proves what we really believe.
Last week’s food drive was a great way for our group to experience a small part of the Christian walk. The timing of the event gives a particularly stark experience as we collected food for those in need just days before our own Thanksgiving dinners. We’re reminded that while we may go to our family and church events with the assumption that food will be on the table, not everyone is blessed with that experience.
This week, let’s seek to be especially mindful of the needs of those around us, looking for ways that we can act on the things that we believe.