I am sitting in my hotel room here in Angola watching CNN’s Breaking News about the terrorist attack in Paris, where it seems at least 15 people were killed. What a tragic and senseless loss of innocent lives. There is much discussion around how to solve these problems in our modern times; however there does not seem to be any simple solution. This is not a good way to start 2015.
My thoughts immediately go to the malnutrition clinics that we support here in Angola, which I frequently visit, where more than 15 children have died in the last month alone. I ask myself why they are nameless and why there are no breaking news reports about the hundreds of thousands of children who die each year here in Africa? Surely their lives are as valuable as any other? I have held many of these children in my arms and although we tried everything, it was often too late and many of them died. This breaks my heart.
The good news is that this is not a problem that cannot be solved. We are extremely grateful to all of you who have already partnered with JAM, making it possible for us to help more than a million children every day through our school feeding and food distribution projects. The children we reach now have good nutrition and are no longer in danger of malnutrition. Despite the great ground that we have covered in addressing hunger and malnutrition, the problem is that there are at least four million children that we still need to reach in the countries where we work..
You might think, ‘How do we solve this enormous challenge?’ It is quite simple if we work together and make this one of our goals for 2015. It is very strongly etched in my heart that 2015 should be a year in which we make huge inroads into solving these challenges. As each of us is dedicated to this cause, I believe we can each sponsor the feeding of one or more of these disadvantaged children. It only costs R30.00 a month or R360.00 a year to feed a child. These small amounts seem almost impossible, but we at JAM have over the past 30 years, established the infrastructure to keep costs low. Some of the many factors that make this possible are that we grow some of the food supplies ourselves through our agricultural and skills development projects and we have established out growers who supply the food commodities used by our own factories to manufacture our highly nutritious porridge packed with all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Please join me in this cause to fight on behalf of these nameless children who will never make breaking news, but are loved by God like every human being is. This year, Ann and I have personally committed to sponsoring the feeding of 150 children. Please consider making the sponsorship of hungry children a priority in your 2015 commitments. Together we can make the change and improve the lives of these precious children.
May 2015 be a year of great blessing for you and your families.