Steve in NashvilleSome of you know of my relationship to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank over the past several years. CFGB is a hunger relief and development organization that is doing some terrific work.

Children we met in Bihar India

Children we met in Bihar India

Nanci and I have traveled oversees with CFGB to lands like Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh and India.  As much as these trips heightened my appreciation for the complexities of chronic poverty and the complexities of poverty relief, I was more dramatically challenged to consider my own use of resources, particularly food and energy, realizing that, to a significant degree, our overuse and consumption is directly linked to resource shortage and climatic shock in vulnerable regions of the world.  You can hear a few of those thoughts and see some of the places we visited on a short video we produced on returning home. Click HERE to view film: The Fast I Choose

This Friday, October 16 is World Food Day and CFGB is encouraging folks to fast for the day and then gather in communities in the evening to talk about, and pray about the issues of  food justice.  I have no idea what events are planned in other locals, but in Winnipeg there is gathering at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church at 6 pm.

Fast For ChangeCheck out the the Fast For Change website for ideas about how you might spend your day – individually or with others. Make sure you register if you plan to participate in any way. If you live in the Winnipeg area and would like to join with others to break your fast and learn  about some of the issues of concern, click on the poster beside to enlarge image.

Fast For Change website click HERE

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