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Sara Acosta's Lessons from the 2011 Gathering

David Beckmann speaks during Bread for the World's 2011 Gathering. (Photo by Rick Reinhard)

Sara Acosta, an AmeriCorps VISTA in North Carolina, recently wrote on her blog about the lessons she learned at Bread for the World's 2011 Gathering. From discretionary government funding to church/state separation, she covers it all, including a reflection on foreign assistance (the focus of our 2011 Offering of Letters):

A common argument against domestic and foreign social programs (including foreign aid) is that we need to take care of ourselves before we take care of others. Why do we consider ourselves (Americans) a separate tribe from the rest of the world? We could answer that a thousand different ways, but my point is this: when you start thinking of yourself as a global citizen, foreign aid doesn’t seem so foreign because “ourselves” and “others” become the same people.

Helping Zambian potato farmers through federal foreign aid is just as important as supporting the federal and state tax bases that provide for WIC [Women, Infant and Children] and your local school district. You may not know that Zambian farmer or the mother using WIC, but you do know the kids in your local school district. Strangers are just as important as friends regardless of your relationship with them.

Read more at Acosta's blog and see more pictures from the Gathering on Bread's Flickr stream.



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In the book of Matthew 14: 13

Jesus feeds the 5,000.

In the book of Matthew 15: 29

Jesus feeds the 4,000

By observation it appears that their is a great creator who is in command.

Before our birth; the planet was prepared,
with mountains and hills and valleys.

Before our birth the planet earth was prepared and
designed with, oceans, rivers and lakes.

Before our birth; the planet earth was prepared and
designed with food resources in the ocean for
human consumption.

This drives me to believe that a great commander in chief, is ahead of us and with us.

Therefore, we must trust in His sacredness and
ability to act on our behalf.

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