Friday, January 28, 2011

One Day/One Lunch

We are honored to spread the news of what 15-year-old Addisyn Block is doing to help feed children in Ziway, Ethiopia.  Addisyn is quickly approaching her 100th day of eating soup for lunch instead of buying her lunch at school, and she's donating the money to feed the children at Adami Tulu Preschool in Africa.  Can you believe that just $3 will feed a child at this school for an entire MONTH?!?  And can you believe that this precious American girl has chosen to eat the same African-inspired soup every day for 100 days in order to help feed less fortunate children?!?  I think we should all join her on February 3 (Addisyn's 100th day of eating soup) and donate our lunch money to feed these children alongside Addisyn!  Way to go, Addie, we are so proud of you!!!

Amy Block asked if I would help get the word out about what Addisyn is doing.  I was HONORED to do so.  If the world was filled with people like Addisyn, there'd be no more hunger and starvation.  We could all learn something from reading the following post, which I'm re-posting from Addisyn and Amy Block's blog (Building the Blocks):

A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor Proverbs 22:9
Every 5 seconds a child dies of starvation.
 And the truth is this, most days; this never even crosses our minds.
Perhaps that is because with a number like this- we don’t even know where to begin.
 But what if you knew where to begin? What if you knew what to do to make a difference?
 And what if that difference simply started with your lunch?  
What if all it took was One day and one lunch- to make a huge difference in the life of a child?
What if all you had to do was simply give what you would have spent in one day for one lunch?
If you are reading this today- yes YOU… I’d like to ask you to be a part of something big.  God usually preferred to work through people- people like you and people like me. You have two choice right now- you can click off this page and pretend you didn’t read this and go on with your everyday life- or you can choose to see that God brought YOU here- to read this- for a purpose- to be a part of something big.
Don’t worry,  I am not going to ask you to do something you can’t- I am asking you to do something you can. The Average American spends between $2.00 and $8.00 a day on lunch. If everyone who reads this blog post would simple choose- on February 3nd to give up their ‘lunch money’  and then donate what they would have spent on lunch that day to Lifesong  For Orphans for the Adami Tulu preschool  in Ziway, Ethiopia. Can you image what Jesus could do? A mere $3.00 feeds a child for ONE MONTH. Can you imagine the impact we could make- simply by giving being willing to make a small sacrifice for someone else?
But more than that… can you imagine how it would affect those around us as we say ‘enough’. Enough of over abundance. Enough of the waste. Enough of going on with our lives like we are the only ones that matter. Enough of turning our back to the needs of others in this world. Enough of pretending we don’t know what to do. If a 15 year old can think of something to give, then so can you and I. No more excuses- all it takes is one day and one lunch.

So mark your calendar for Feb. 3nd and spread the word about the One Day- One Lunch Project. Put it on FB, add it to your blog- ask your friends, coworkers and church family to join in. Let’s make a small sacrifice- to make one big difference.
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." ~ Mother Teresa
Donations can be given online at: please indicate it’s to go to the Adami Tulu Preschool.
Or mail checks to:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744
Indicate for the Adami Tulu Preschool

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