I know many of you out there read the stories of the hungry and homeless recently and with the holidays coming up of Thanksgiving and Christmas, nothing has changed. Christina Aguilera works with World Hunger Relief and I have included a video she made recently to share with you the one billion people hungry daily. This was also recently mentioned as increasing during the Clinton Global Initiative as the world population goes up to nine billion people in 2050.
Last year, Chef Stormy and I gave up Christmas and did not celebrate it, instead we went to a local community hall and cooked all day long with our Pastor, Dee Liss, and many other loving members of our church at Long Creek in Kings Mountain, NC. It was a Christmas Dinner for the poor and lonely. We hope to do it again this year.
I recently had the chance to reflect on those in America starving and something I did not mention, that one in four children in America go to bed hungry every night. I have never understood the mega-missions to other worlds, the search for the Holy Grail and helping those in other countries to massive extremes when there are folks right here starving on your block. Psychologically, I believe it is the thrill of flying on jet powered aircraft, landing and being celebrated as a hero and having the impoverished in other countries view you as an exalted savior. These are very difficult emotions to turn off and the eternal joy of traveling far away to “save” others. When coupled with religious sharing and bringing cases of religious tomes to the impoverished, it becomes insatiable.
Is it okay for those on your block to die racked in the grip of pain and eventual death while one travels to all ends of the earth to distribute religious texts? Yet their own people around them hunger, cannot afford medicines and have diseases that could be cured?
“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” Mother Teresa. (Source Brainy Quote)
I’m not saying occasional missions to other countries with your church are bad. I’m saying that in the country you live in, the block you live on – your focus should mostly be there and helping things in your own back yard as a primary mission.
I have been focusing on a mission locally for several years and it’s called the Bessemer City Area Crisis Center (111 12th Street, Bessemer City, NC 28016). I just delivered some more groceries to it with my wife, Chef Stormy. If you have an idea of how we can help this center, please let me know in the comment block below!) Please think about the economic holocaust we are experiencing in whichever country you live in. Focus the majority of your love and energy where you live – not on flying inside of airplanes around the world and giving all of your money away to the crusades. Respect other governments, other religions and other eating habits and customs on earth. Everyone should not be made to bend on knee to your dictates and way of living, nor abandon their religion, recipes and customs.
If you are already living your life of respect you will have no problem with these words written here. It will be the Crusaders clothed in chain mail, helm and adorned with robes cloaks and shield who attack me and this article. For them to give up their glory, golden chalices and being ego celebrated as victor and savior is too much – any mention of it leads to attack.
Tonight one in four children in my country (America) will go to bed hungry with not enough food in their American homes. The pain in a child’s stomach and diseases brought on by malnutrition are embarrassing, shameful and sinful.
Fix your own village first before flying repeatedly to others and boasting to me of, “having been on 26 world missions.”