In exactly one week we collected 3704 ounces of formula.  More than enough to fill the 50 pounds of luggage we were trying to fill. 

It's enough formula to make 617 six ounce bottlesLittle Ethiopian baby bellies full of formula 617 times.  617 times that an overworked nanny at Kids Care Orphanage doesn't have to worry that there won't be enough for one more bottle.  617 times that a baby cries and gets fed.  Enough.

So often we stand around and shake our heads about the state of the world.  How sad something is.  Babies are starving in Africa, isn't that sad?  But what are we really doing about it?  I think most of us are waiting for someone else to do something about it.

Every time we have collected donations it amazes me how quickly it comes together and how easy it is.  This collection would have never happened if this woman hadn't asked for my help.  All she did was ask me and all I did was ask you.  So simple.  No one went bankrupt buying donations.  No one spent hours working.  No one was really inconvenienced in any way.  We all just went about our week and bought an extra can of formula.  But look what good it did?

I understand that 3704 ounces of formula isn't going to change anyones life or solve any long term problem.  I think the best we can hope for is that this little collection inspires someone else to make a little collectionIf we all did just a little bit more... we could do so much. 

It isn't enough to know that there is a problem and to say how sad it is.  We are all responsible for doing something about it.  How ever small the effort may seem. 

James 2:14-17“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

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