Today at the Harvest Festival service in church, the shocking statistic of 22,000 kids dying every day from poverty concentrates the mind. And here’s the phrase that stood out for me:
“Live simply, so that others may simply live.” Mahatma Gandhi
Having taken the obligatory items for the food bank collection to the service, and with the vicar undertaking a week of hardship in a Shelterbox tent to highlight the good work done by the Helston based charity and RELEASE international supporting those persecuted for their Christian faith, I felt rather churlish for our lack of effort.
I had tidied out the cupboards to find the food bank items – tomato sauce, pesto jar, jelly, chicken soup. But really, with the freezer full of food and plenty to keep us going, we really are beyond lucky.
So the family challenge this week is to use up everything in the fridge, the cupboards and not waste anything and can we do it for less than £20. Can we do it? Well it will take some effort but we’ll give it a go.