Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Day 18 of the 40 Day Fast - Team 2

First off, I would like to thank Kat and everyone over at Inspired to Action for putting together the bloggers and organizing this year's 40 Day Fast. Secondly, if this is the first 40 DF post you are reading, I encourage you to click on any (or many) of the links to the right of my blog to be inspired, challenged and encouraged by what God is doing in the earth among those close to His heart - the broken and forgotten.

Today my "blogging buddy" is Crystal and you can read her amazing post here.

I am a person who can be easily overwhelmed. Reading the different posts from the fast, watching the news and hearing about tragic events that take place every day around the world can weigh me down. The problems seem insurmountable. Un-over-come-able. Hopeless abounds. Evil seems to flourish. However, in the darkness, light shines. Light overcomes.

One of those shinging lights is Bob Blair. Bob runs a Volunteer Farm on land that previously was used to grow Christmas Trees. I first learned about Bob while watching ABC News while visiting relatives in Texas back in June. Everyone was sort of talking, not really paying attention, but I strained to hear the story. Basically, Bob runs his farm to provide food for a local food bank relying on on donations and volunteer workers. During harvest season, the peas and onions that are picked in the morning are served that same day at a nearby soup kitchen. Bob told ABC his reason for starting the farm: "It's 'love thy neighbor,'" he said. "There is no other motivation — perhaps, no better motivation."

Bob's story may seem small and seemingly insignificant in light of the global food crisis, however, he is making an impact. He was inspired to action. My prayer is that this 40 days of fasting will inspire all of us participating to a greater level of action. That Bob and others like him will have the resources they need to reach out to the poor, needy, hurting and alone. Mostly, I pray that the "least of these" verses would not be felt only in our hearts, but in our pocketbooks, in our hands and in our feet as we actively serve Christ.

For more information on Bob Blair and his work, please click on this link to the World Foundation for Children.


Blogger euphrony said...

The beauty of simplicity - thanks for that reminder, Davida. We don't have to move the world, just do something. I'll be praying for you today.

8:40 AM  
Blogger nancy said...

Thank you for sharing. I'm praying for you.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

That is a really great story. I agree with euphrony!

Thank you for being a part of the 40 day fast!

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Kat said...

I understand how it can feel overwhelming. I feel that way sometimes. It's wonderful to hear stories like this of people who just used what they know and have to help others.

9:06 PM  
Blogger MamasBoy said...

Great post. Thanks for the story and info on this unique farm.


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