Compassion Week – Day 3 Encouragement

October 21, 2009

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IMG_0205Dear Partial Fast Friends,

We are at the halfway point, and if you’re anything like me, the lack of food and the monotony of meals are probably getting to you. If it is any consolation, I haven’t talked to anyone who has had an easy time with this challenge.

If you are tempted to quit the challenge or to cut a few corners, just focus on getting through today. In places like Zimbabwe, people often have nowhere to turn when they are desperate for food. I was told recently about children in Zimbabwe who go along the side of the road with old plastic bottles, looking for corn kernels, green soybeans or anything else edible that may have fallen from someone’s food sack as they were walking along. Even worse, I learned that some are so desperate, they pluck undigested corn kernels from cow dung. They wash the kernels, pound them out, and cook them. We really have no idea what it is like to be hungry.

I long for the day when the promises of Revelation 9:16-17 are fulfilled: “They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore . . . for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

Until that day, may we live out our call to be the Church in this world.

Working/Praying for His Global Glorification,

Pastor Virgil

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