|Giving Goes Further|
Than We Think
With Ukraine’s exports of grain and oilseeds stopped and much of Russia’s threatened, the war in the Ukraine could have an impact far beyond the battlefields. Ukraine’s food exports feed an estimated 400 million people worldwide and the war is also putting pressure on a global food system already weakened by covid-19, climate change and the recent energy price shock.
On 18 May Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General issued a stark warning of “the spectre of a global food shortage” that could last for years.
Actually, the term shortage is a misnomer. This looming disaster is a distribution issue, not a production problem. There is more than enough food to go around, but as usual, our own worst enemy is ourselves. Humankind’s greed, corruption and warlike nature all work together to exacerbate existing problems and create new ones.
How can we help? There are so many ideas such as local foodbanks, collections to help others put bread on the table, and intervening personally as we are able. The Christian message is that we don’t just share our food with those we like or with those who like us. Paul reminds the Romans of a well-know proverb: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink”. Romans 12:20 ESV, quoting from Proverbs 25:21 In so doing, the impact of our generosity might go much further than we think.
Let’s help those in need, be they friends or foes.
|Peter Mill is Regional Pastor for Scotland, Ireland and the North of England|
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