Eye on the world: Feeding the hungry in Africa

In “Famine must receive more of the world’s attentionThe Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board writes, “That famine could ravage millions of people in the 21st century seems unthinkable. But somehow the same world that is agog at driverless cars and looming trips to Mars is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in seven decades. As many as 20 million people face the threat of starvation in South Sudan, northeast Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen, according to the United Nations. When the UN declares a famine, it isn’t saying that a crisis looms on the horizon: It means that very bad things are already happening, that many people have already died…. The ‘why’ behind famine isn’t mysterious. Enough food is produced to feed the 7.5 billion people on the planet. But often wars and other internal armed conflicts interfere with the ability of humanitarian groups to reach those in need. And more and more existing extremes of weather, including drought, are made worse by the creeping effects of human-induced climate change…. [T]his urgent issue needs to take a more prominent place in news reports—and in the prayers and individual efforts of Americans and people everywhere.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, bepitiful, be courteous:

I Peter 3:8

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man’s normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 205

Wholly apart from this mortal dream, this illusion and delusion of sense, Christian Science comes to reveal man as God’s image, His idea, coexistent with Him—God giving all and man having all that God gives.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 5

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Feeding the world’s famine”: “Prayer is the most potent instrument of all: the persistent recognition that divine Love tenderly cares for its spiritual creation, that it supplies all spiritual good, and that it meets every human need at the point of that need—harvests, grain, rice, effectively distributed.” And “In prayer we can also acknowledge that peoples and governments everywhere can express enough of divine Love to really care about helping the famine-stricken and undernourished. And that they can express enough of divine intelligence to direct their caring toward policies and programs that will not produce dangerous side effects but will really replace famine with sufficiency and self-reliance.”

In “Prayer for people in the Horn of Africa”: “... no country or people can be outside the care and love of the ever-present Mind ‘who understands all things.’ Therefore it is possible to prove that there is no place for hunger, conflict, or lack to appear or to have existence.” And “... under God’s government there are only infinite, unlimited possibilities. Through our prayers we will be able to move mentally beyond the limits of materiality, whether this involves belief in lack of resources or human pity, which dwells on the mortal, hopeless sense of things. Instead, we uplift thought and hope by acknowledging the reality of God’s goodness and His inexhaustible provision for all.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

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