Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, October, 2017

posted Oct 3, 2017, 9:27 AM by Lois Kerchner


We read in Psalm 147 that God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Ps.147:3). God obviously cares for us all, but consider the words of a poem by Annie Johnson Flint that is often quoted entitled “God Has No Hands.”

Probably based on an earlier writing by St. Teresa of Avila from the 14th century, the Flint version reads like this:                 

God has no hands but our hands to do his work today;
God has no feet but our feet to lead others in his way;
God has no voice but our voice to tell others how he died;
And, God has no help but our help to lead them to his side.

 The CROP Hunger Walk gives us an opportunity to get our hands, feet and voices working for God. Did you know that hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria, and TB combined? It is estimated that throughout the world there are 795 million people who do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. Somewhere around 1 out of 6 children in developing countries is under-weight. Sixty-six million primary school-age children across the developing world go to school hungry. That can be changed. 

For us our water is readily available and taken for granted. For many around the world to access water requires walking up to six miles daily with the average walk being 3.4 miles. More than 140 million hours a day are being spent by mostly women and children to collect water. The time spent in walking for water creates lost productivity greater than the combined number of hours worked in a week by employees at Walmart, UPS, IBM, Target, Kroger's and McDonald's. 

Water is not only readily available at the tip of our fingers for us, it is also clean. One out of six people in our world do not have access to water as clean as the water in our toilets. The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of all sickness in the world is attributable to unsafe water and sanitation. In fact children are dying because of unsafe water and sanitation at a rate equivalent to that of a jumbo jet crashing every 4 hours. 

By walking in the CROP Hunger Walk you can help change these statistics for the better. You can actually change lives by providing clean water systems closer to communities in need. Families there will become healthier. Women and children will be able to be more productive with their time by their going to school, or by farming or doing other tasks. 

The annual CROP Hunger Walk for our area, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017, will take place on Sunday, October 15. You can help be hands and feet for God by being a walker and/or sponsor for this worthy cause. Join the CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) movement. You can be part of a world changing effort for good and God.

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries