We had the honor of partnering with 1Nation1Day as they blessed the country of Nicaragua. During the event, hundreds of thousands of people gathered across Nicaragua in 12 different locations and millions of people watched through a live broadcast. The event brought the nation together for the same cause–to see a brighter, more vibrant Nicaragua.
We provided food that was distributed to families in need. As a recent report said:
“We also distributed thousands of meals to families in need–just the start of the 300,000 meals our team will give away throughout the trip. If we do the math correctly, that adds up to 300,000 smiles. More important than simply meeting the material needs of the townspeople, we met their spiritual needs. We ministered to the locals and began to see God moving in ways that only He could move. We saw people healed, both physically and emotionally. We saw chains of the enemy broken and generational curses cancelled in Jesus’ name.”
Missions like these are possible through partnerships. We can’t do it alone. We thank everyone who made this possible and we ask you to partner with us. Will you donate today, so we can feed more hungry people?
During the Beans & Rice Challenge October 16-20, we are asking people to join with us in eating like others do, to “walk a mile in another man’s shoes,” to eat for a week from someone else’s bowl. For five days, we ask you to forgo your typical fare and instead eat beans and rice for one to three meals a day. Then we ask you to donate the money you save. Whether it’s $20 or more for the entire week, every little bit matters when it comes to the cause of feeding hungry people around the world.
So, why should you join the challenge? Because together we are feeding refugees, including families who have fled Iraq. The following is a thank you letter we received from one of our partners who is on-the-ground, helping feed these refugees:
I have been here working with children and women coming out of ISIS as sex slaves. We will soon be finished building a safe house for 28 of these women. Also we will have a sewing factory with a program for 50 ladies.
The situation here is close to starvation. I hear stories of families of 12 sharing one egg a day. I have lived among this people now for several months and have seen the desperation and the hunger.
When we received the gift from FTN, we wanted to target the widows and the orphans. Out of all that suffers, they are the ones that suffer most.
These families are living through the unimaginable. But when we join together to be Christ’s hands and feet, we can make a difference in their lives. We can give them food, hope and the love of Christ.
Need more reasons to join the Beans & Rice challenge? Try these 10:
10) Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more people than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
9) Just $1 can provide 20 meals for hungry children.
8) 1 in 9 people on our planet go to bed hungry each night.
7) Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under the age of five. That’s 3.1 million children each year.
6) Because you have a stocked pantry at home.
5) “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.” ~Deuteronomy 16:17
4) Nearly half of the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 a day. That’s more than 3 billion people who, each day, try to survive on the cost of a medium fast food milk shake.
3) “Never be so busy as not to think of others.” ~Mother Teresa
2) One out of six children—roughly 100 million—in developing countries is underweight.
1) “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” ~Matthew 25:35
Commit to joining with us, and challenge your friends and family to take part by sharing this page via social media. Follow us on Pinterest to find recipes for your five-day challenge. Stay up-to-date with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Together we can make a difference. Together we can feed nations of hungry people.
For more information, take a look at these frequently asked questions.
*Source for some statistics: WFP and https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-global-poverty
We’ve all heard the expression to “walk a mile in another man’s shoes.” But what if we ate for a week from someone else’s bowl?
Someone like Zoré Issouf.
Issouf is an orphan living in Burkina Faso. Issouf comes from a family with eight siblings. His father died because of alcohol. The children were left to a younger uncle who also began to drink heavily and died a few years later. Issouf’s sisters were forced to get married and the other brothers are doing small jobs in the village.
Right now, nearly half of the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 a day*. That’s more than 3 billion people who, each day, try to survive on the cost of a medium fast food milk shake.
Do you know the difference $2 can make? It can provide 40 meals to hungry people around the world.
Most of us who are reading this right now have stocked refrigerators and pantries in our homes and at our disposal. We have the option to cook our own dinner tonight or grab something when we leave the office. We don’t know what it’s like to live outside abundance and availability.
And, that’s exactly why we created the Beans & Rice Challenge. On October 16-20 (only five days), we ask you to forgo your typical fare and instead eat beans and rice for at least one meal a day, or more if you so choose. Then we ask you to donate the money you save.
Tally up what a typical week’s worth of meals costs, figure your beans and rice cost, and then donate the difference. Whether it’s $20, $120 or more for the entire week, every little bit matters when it comes to the cause of feeding the hungry around the world.
This challenge isn’t only about partnering with us to change lives. It’s also about walking in the shoes of people around the world who live with a lack of food on a daily basis. This is about actively choosing to better understand the plight of many around the world, including Issouf.
Eight years ago, Issouf went to live at Hope Center where he received consistent meals from Feeding The Nations, along with an education. Today, he is the only person in his family to have a diploma.
His cousin expressed gratitude for the help Issouf has received: “I have come to say thank you for what you have done for Issouf. Because you accepted him at the Hope Center, his life was not wasted. He survived because you cared for him, gave him food, a place to live. Thank you for saving his life.”
Commit to joining with us today so we can save the lives of more kids like Issouf. Mark your calendar now. Post this link on Facebook and challenge your friends and family to take part. Make this a learning experience for your kids. Together we can make a difference. Together we can feed nations of hungry people.
Follow us on Pinterest to find recipes for your five-day challenge. Stay up-to-date with us and learn about upcoming giveaways on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Sign-up for our email list to receive updates, recipes and encouragements along the way.
*Source: United Nations Development Programme via https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-global-poverty
This morning I swam over a 1000 meters in the pool. This length is more than half the distance I will need to swim for the Ironman 70.3 which is pretty encouraging!
My coach had me do different lengths, different speeds and different rest periods. Her quote of the day was, “Give me 50 easy and 50 hard.” Working on multiple aspects of swimming she wanted me to focus on form and breathing first, then just swim. For the first 50 meters, I was to take it easy to think through it and during the next 50, I swam my race pace. The whole time we were adding multiple 50 meters and 75 meters along the way all the way up to sets of 200 meters. From isolating the kick to focusing on my pull to swimming different strokes, I did one thing: I kept going.
Many hungry children around the world only have one goal in life: to keep going. For them it is a much more serious issue than swimming. One of the orphans we help feed around the world is a young man named Zoré Issouf in the country of Burkina Faso. His full story is found on our blog and shows the importance of food in the life of an orphan. Here is a short excerpt:
Zoré’s cousin expressed gratitude to the staff saying: “I have come to say thank you for what you have done for Issouf. Because you accepted him at the Hope Center, his life was not wasted. He survived because you cared for him, gave him food, a place to live. Thank you for saving his life.”
“Issouf is the only family member with a school diploma. His sisters were forced to get married and the other brothers are doing small jobs in the village. If Issouf had stayed in the village he would not have had this opportunity to earn a diploma.”
This effort of completing an Ironman 70.3 triathlon is much more than swimming, biking and running. It is about helping others, so they can keep going.
Join with me in helping kids like Issouf keep going. Simply click the button below to donate and choose “#TRI2FEED Ironman Triathlon.”