I often see things during my daily life that remind me of the work of ELCA World Hunger. These little things make my brain spin as I consequently try to come up with an inspired blog idea. So I thought I’d share some of these bits of inspiration and reminders of anti-hunger work, and hope that in return you will share some of your own similar experiences.

  1. A few weeks ago I was in Copenhagen and as I walked along the cobblestones I noticed a sign on the corner of a building across the street. On the side of the sign it mentioned the ACT Alliance or Action by Churches Together. The ELCA is a member of ACT and we often collaborate with other members to support projects around the world, such as our response to the 2010 floods in Pakistan. As I walked through the store I discovered that it was a very unique mix of coffee shop, fair trade store and vintage clothing shop in one. It turns out that the shop, fisk, supports the work of Dan Church Aid — another member of the ACT Alliance.
  2. Today I was at an outdoor store with my brother exchanging one of his Christmas gifts. While he was at the register I wandered past the reusable water bottles where I read a great quote from Benjamin Franklin printed on one of them, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” I admit I don’t know the context of when this quote was originally said, but it made my mind wander. I started to think about what it would be like if my faucet didn’t turn on, or if the rain didn’t fall or what it feels like when I forget to pray. There are many people around the world who know the value of water much better than I do. ELCA World Hunger supports water projects around the world.
  3. This weekend I finally buckled down and went through my closet. As I put together a pile of clothes to give away I thought about World Hunger’s emphasis on simple living. It felt good to pare down my life in that way, but also comforting to know that those clothes wouldn’t end up in a landfill, but instead, hopefully, become a positive addition to another person’s life.

What things in your day to day life remind you of the work of ELCA World Hunger? What reminds you of those who could use a little bit of help? What things remind you of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are hungry or are fighting hunger around the world?

~Lana Lile