you are receiving this e-mail, it means you are a die-hard zealot; that you
have an incredible heart to stretch yourself and connect with the poor. Or
maybe you hesitantly committed, and are wondering how you are going to make it
through. Maybe you were just too embarrassed not to raise your hand this weekend
when Bill asked who would participate.
you are like my one friend who is already panicking. He is trying to
rationalize his coffee addiction. After all, it’s just beans and
water. How is that for a weak argument? Maybe some family member
guilted you into doing this and you have to eat beans and rice because that’s
all mom is cooking. Regardless, I am proud of you for taking this first
step. I truly believe the next five days are going to shape each and every
one of us.
we experience the pangs of hunger today and the monotony of our food choices,
it will take great discipline to fully
commit to this challenge. While I'm eating rice and beans today, I will be
thinking about the situation in Zimbabwe. At
the end of last year, the government in Zimbabwe declared a national
emergency because of the cholera outbreak and the level of poverty. Basic
services and health care systems have collapsed. Because of the crisis,
less then 20% of children are able to attend school. Nearly half of the
population doesn’t have the resources to buy food and other essentials.
declare together that’s not okay!
Foster writes, "Our fasting is a sign that nothing will stop us in our
struggle on behalf of the broken and oppressed."
and the Celebration of