Have you ever been hungry – I mean really hungry? I’m not talking the kind of hunger you get when you are fasting or going on a diet. Have you ever worried about not being able to feed your children? Have you ever watched your child slowly decline because he/she did not have adequate nutrition to sustain them? My husband and I have never been that hungry, or not able to feed our children – we are blessed; but we know the sadness from seeing others go through this universal challenge. From living and traveling overseas and seeing overwhelming poverty and hunger outside our U.S. borders, we can understand why hunger persists. We cannot understand why there are people within the United States that go to bed night after night hungry, and parents that feel they have failed because they can not feed their children healthy and substantial meals. As Individuals, as Friends, as Parents, as Americans, as Citizens of the World Community, and as Christians, we challenge each of you to make a difference. You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Our passion is called Hogs for the Hungry. This is a passion to feed the hungry.
We have a small farm in Loudoun County and, wanting to use whatever the Lord has given us, we are donating pigs from our herd for the hungry, and we are calling for others to do the same. Churches and farms may team with us, or with each other in this effort to feed local meats for the local hungry. Help us to bear the burdens of strangers.
The local farmer is diligent in supporting the community and is usually working on a shoestring budget. He/she cannot bear this burden alone. Church congregations can support the farmer by partnering with him in this endeavor. Our church, Community Lutheran, provided funds to buy the animal and to pay the processing costs. We, as the farmers, provided the feed, the daily care, the vaccines, the fresh water, and the love in raising the animal. The end result is fresh, organic, restaurant quality meat provided to community shelters that assist in providing food for the hungry. And for churches that may not have any farmers in their congregations but want to participate, they can team up with another church in a more rural area. As an individual, you can also team with us or another farmer in your area to start your own Hogs for the Hungry Project. And when we say “hogs,” we mean livestock, which can include pigs, cows, steers, lambs, in short, anything that the Lord has blessed you with.
For more information on how you can be involved in this local ministry, and/or start one in your own church or community, please contact Mark and Stacey Johnson ([email protected]; 703-431-7644), or Community Lutheran Church (703-430-6006).
FOR THOSE OF US THAT ARE BLEST, LET US NOW BECOME THE BLESSING.
What good is it, my brother, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothes and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.