I've really been slacking in the creativity department. Please have mercy on me. I'm taking a turn for the worse today.
So here's what I'm going to talk about today:
One of my Lenten studies is a calendar from ELCA World Hunger and it's 40 days of thinking, praying and doing. I really like it. Today was a "tell" day.
ELCA Global Barnyard is like Heifer International in that a certain donation can buy a certain farm animal to help a family in need. $10 buys 10 chicks that will help a family survive.
What can you buy with $10?
I was thinking about it and I found a few thing online too.
I can buy a bottle of wine for $10.
Raspberries at my grocery store, at the moment are $3.99 a pint. I could buy 2 pints and have a few cents left over.
I love mangoes. Mangoes are 99 cents at our grocery store right now. I could buy 9 mangoes and still have money left over.
I could even buy a pair of shoes! And in this case, I could buy TWO pairs!
$10 could feed 40 children.
$10 could ship quilts or health kits to a family of five who lost everything in an earthquake or flood.
$10 could provide a small grove of trees to protect the soil from erosion in Zambia.
$10 could provide enough maize, bean, and groundnut seeds for a Mozambiquan family to replant after floods.
I really enjoyed the reading for today too - 2 Corinthians 9:6-15:
Generosity Encouraged6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
I got an e-mail in my inbox today that said:
Dine at Thalassa & Fight Hunger
10% of your bill will be donated to the NYC Food Bank!
Anyone here live in or around NYC? If so, here's where it is: 179 Franklin Street in Tribeca
And then here's the website: http://www.thalassanyc.com/