Posted on in Celebrating our Ministries by The Rev. David Marshall
Last night 23 people gathered at St. Dunstan’s Church in our Parish Hall to watch a gripping documentary about hunger in the United States. We so often think of skinny children with extended stomachs somewhere in the third world when we think of hunger, but one in four children in the United States will experience hunger at some time in their life. One in two children will receive some form of government food assistance. 50 million Americans experience food insecurity, meaning that at least once a week they do not know where their next meal is coming from. That is here, in the prosperous and powerful United States of America.
Feeding programs are important, but only address the urgent, immediate need. We also need to look at ways to effect political and social change to reduce the problem.
About half of the people that came last night were from Ronald United Methodist Church. We are exploring ways to work together between our congregations to influence our political leaders on issues of food security and hunger. Two of them were the regional directors of the Faith Action Network, and we will be in dialogue to explore ways St. Dunstan’s Church can help with their work. This is another example of the value of developing relationships with our neighbors to do God’s work in the world.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. David Marshall