The World Health Organization reports that two-thirds of the world’s population is under-fed or starving. Every day, 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That is one child every ﬁve seconds or about nine children in the time it will take you to read this message.
When I hear statistics like this, I immediately think of far away places like India and Africa. And then I learn that, in the United States, one out of every eight children under age 12 goes to bed hungry every night.
There is a story about a man who stands on a hill overlooking a refugee camp. Seeing the starvation and death, he turns his face skyward and screams, “God, how could you let this happen?” God responds with, “How could you?”
We have the means to ﬁx this. The world’s poorest could have their health and nutritional needs met for less than 25% of what Americans spend on clothing each year. The issue is not a lack of abundance. It is simply a lack of distribution.
How many children will die today while I sit on my savings account? It is a painful question to ponder.