Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Famine in East Africa

Warning: This post has not been well thought out nor will it be a happy one. Continue at your own risk.

In case you don't keep up with the world news but do read this pitiful excuse for a blog, there is a famine/drought going on in the Horn of Africa that is the worst they have seen in YEARS. An estimated 29,000 children under the age of 5 have died from starvation in SOMALIA ALONE over the past 90 days. The drought is affecting the countries of Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti and 12.4 million people.

Many people are making the long journey to Kenya where there are refugee camps that are bursting at the seams with people.

I read THIS article the other day and the words are forever burned into my mind. I am torn up by it. I cannot imagine being faced with the decisions so many people are having to make and yet it is a daily part of their life. Please go read that article. Please.

This is one of those moments where you can make a decision to ACT and give or just sit around and let someone else do what you are meant to be doing.

I can spout scripture but really? You already know what the Bible says and how the Lord feels about the least of these. It's not a suggestion, it is a COMMAND. It's not up to governments to fix these problems. It's up to us. The body. You and me. Together.

What are you going to do about it?

Obviously the biggest need is for financial support for aid on the ground in Africa. If you can make any donation at all, here are a couple of ministries that are happy to take that money off of your hands and save some lives with it:

Samaritan's Purse - give to "Kenya Emergency Food" to help with the refugee camps/food distribution points

World Vision - give here for relief efforts across the entire Horn of Africa

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Embrace the Camera 8/4

A Story in Pictures

1. Uh oh. Cute picture but zoomed in a little too much. Try again.

2. Hang in there buddy! Just smile one more time!

3. Please?? BOYS! Smile!!

4. Ugh. Fine.

Get your Embrace on!