Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Fires. These natural disasters have dominated our attention lately. Because they have hit close to home, those of us who dwell in safety right now are looking for ways to help others.
That’s me – Kristen Harper – with the former Volunteer Coordinator for CHF, Liana Hofer.
I would like to highlight my favorite charity: Children’s Hunger Fund. It was the model I used to write about food distribution to the needy in my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room.” Since 1991, 97% of all donations have directly supported programs that serve suffering children and families. CHF has received a score of 100% from Charity Navigator for accountability and transparency. (Source: childrenshungerfund.org/disasterrelief/)
Children’s Hunger Fund has an ongoing ministry to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry. They accomplish this by distributing food and care items in Food Pak boxes to churches whose members personally deliver them to families to meet their physical needs, along with the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ to meet their spiritual needs. In the wake of the recent natural disasters, CHF has activated its already-established ministry networks to deliver food and care items in the affected regions of Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Florida and Texas.
So, what can you do?
1. Volunteer: give time. If you’re near Chicago, San Antonio, Dallas or Los Angeles, please consider spending a couple of hours at Children’s Hunger Fund.
2. Donate: give money. Here’s a link to CHF’s Disaster Relief fund.
3. Collect: develop a habit of redistributing your resources
- collect coins in a CHF Project Coin Pak;
- clean out your closets to donate clothing and household items;
- buy extra non-perishable groceries to share with others;
- always have Bible tracts available to give away. (My favorites are available from Living Waters.)
You might be feeling fearful in these uncertain times. Just like all of the victims of these disasters, someday you will die. (See the video 10 Out of 10 People Die.) Now is the time to consider what you will say when you die and meet God at His judgment throne. If you take the Good Person test, you will know that you are guilty and deserve to go to hell. But God is offering to you the free gift of salvation. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). Read your Bible to find out more. Then live like you know that you’re going to heaven!
With all this attention on the global disasters, we don’t want to overlook people in our communities that need help, too. Next week, I will share a video about how to make gift bags for the homeless.