To Our Readers

Most of us have, at one time or another, been stirred by the images on TV, in newspapers, or in magazines that bring the issue of world hunger right to our doorstep. Undernourished children. Food convoys. Food aid packages being delivered to a sea of outstretched hands.

The causes of hunger around the world vary. Sometimes hunger is brought on by military political strife. Sometimes by excess of rain, or drought. Recently, the Ethiopian government reported that some 300,000 people were facing starvation and displacement as the result of drought. In the west, dysfunctional families sometimes drive kids to the streets, where they forage for food. Hunger isn't particular. It strikes children, adults, the poor, the elderly.

So what can be done? Organizations like the United Nations can provide desperately needed help. But many people have been moved to pray for solutions to world hunger. No need is too big, too desperate, too widespread, to be met through prayer.

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November 27, 2000

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