As the morning progresses towards the afternoon, a little elementary school boy begins to get anxious. A time that is normally filled with laughter and a needed break has now become quite stressful. It’s lunchtime. For this little guy, even though his family qualified for reduced lunch costs, even the small cost every day adds up over time and becomes too great for them. Sometimes this little boy will receive a free PBJ, but this free lunch also comes with the obvious label of “poor kid” to his schoolmates. Other times he would just not eat at all out of embarrassment.
In America, stories like this are much more common than we might think. Every year families will rack up lunch tabs they are unable to pay. Ashley C. Ford, a New York City writer, decided to do something about it. It started as a simple appeal to her 66,000 Twitter followers, “A cool thing you can do today is try to find out which of your local schools have kids with overdue lunch accounts and pay them off.” Two months after this post, people all over the country took action. In Minnesota, a fundraiser has paid around $100,000 in lunch debts in Minneapolis and another $28,000 in St. Paul. Several other states have made efforts as well (Fox News).
It’s heartbreaking to think of kids out there who are unable to afford something even as small as a school lunch. Wouldn’t it be awesome if the Lord’s church was able to join in this cause? What huge impact it could make if the church reached out to struggling families with something as simple as lunch? Maybe your congregation, or even you personally, are in a prime position to help with something like this. The best news is we could then take this to the next level.
See, as Christians, we can certainly fill little tummies, but even better, we can provide spiritual food. Jesus put it plainly in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” If we can bring families to Jesus, not only could the church help their physical hunger, but their spiritual hunger as well.
If we are looking for a place to make an impact as Christians, perhaps this is one place we can look into. Pray about it. Think about it. Talk to the elders about it.
If it’s not this area, then let’s think about another one. The point is, there are struggling people in our world looking for answers. We have the answers; we have the truth (John 14:6). Now we just have to find ways we can show people that we truly care about them.
Have a great idea for reaching others? Doing something personally that’s been really successful? Attending a congregation that has implemented something particularly effective? Let us know! Together let’s keep growing the Lord’s kingdom!