In a time of enormous wealth in the western world it is hardly possible to imagine the extreme poverty that is the reality for over half the world’s people. 27,000 children die every day from hunger and hunger-related causes. All over the globe, three billion people—young and old—live on less than $2US/day. 80% of the world’s population lives on only 20% of the world’s resources. We hear it in the news and see it on the television, but we have trouble comprehending what it must be like to have nothing to eat or drink. Our minds cannot conceive of the pain and hopelessness that is the all-too familiar story for many men, women and children.
All over the world hunger pains are seen and heard.
In developing nations, the physical needs are obvious but our priority of comfort, security and safety pose another danger, equally as grave. Our material blessing and fixation of self has left us void of the power and presence of God in our lives. As a result, many Christians have found themselves questioning if their experience of God is really what He intended. In addition, many others have observed the lack of relevance and unity in the North American Church. Where is the power to transform lives? Where are the signs and wonders that point to a God of power and might? Where is the abundant life that He promised?
Spiritual starvation in developed nations significantly contributes to physical starvation in developing nations.
Life desires to motivate spiritual transformation in the developed world by
leading the Church to call upon the name of the Lord, asking for His power and
presence. 2 Chronicles 7:14,
“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (NIV)
responds with revival and renewal among His people, Hungry For Life desires to
mobilize social transformation in the developing world by leading the Church to
demonstrate compassion in impoverished communities worldwide. Isaiah 58:10, “and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the
darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” (NIV)
The Church has been given the power of God and the resources of the kingdom to affect unprecedented change. Change that would provide the basics of life required to end needless suffering worldwide. Change that would cause the world to take notice of the Church for what it was intended to be—a force of love and compassion.