Over the years, Conservatives have been reviled in the media as being insensitive to the needs of our neighbors. What the Left always forgets is that while we do believe in individual responsibility, we also believe in training others those in need to fish. However, when they cannot, we are there to give them a “hand up”. Organizations like Samaritan’s Purse are doing exactly what Jesus called us to do: provide for the physical needs of those who can’t provide for themselves.
I grew up in a single parent family. We were poor. Mom had few marketable skills, so finding work with three kids was not easy for her. We accepted second-hand clothes, and food from caring organizations like the Salvation Army, on a regular basis. The stress that this can put on us as children was unbearable at times.
But I believed in hope. A real hope in a God that provides and a country where hope is allowed to thrive. One of the ways we can solve the problem of hunger is through the free market system. Yes, we can give through the abundance of our wealth, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about devising unorthodox ways to help a hungry child or the authentically poor.
We give because we receive. Not because we are forced to. Not because the government tells us to.
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And while some are vocal, we Conservatives aren’t always the loudest about helping others because love is “not self-seeking.” But as Americans we can responsibly practice self-interest. That’s not a bad thing. Self-interest simply means that we can pursue the development of our talents and gifts so that we cannot just provide for our family (which we are called to do) but to be a source of encouragement to those around us in whatever form that may take.
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I’m an author of Science Fiction for kids and young adults. And because of my experience and the wonderful opportunities this great land has to offer, I have learned to professionally build my own book imprint and brand called Leonardoverse. Through it, I’m able to write how I feel called to write without anyone looking over my shoulder and still employ the level of professionalism that other publishers do. No other country in the world would have allowed me to pursue that dream. And that brings me to the unorthodox.
The BUY A BOOK FEED A FAMILY campaign will send proceeds raised to our local food pantry. Filled with action, relatable concepts, and memorable characters, The Orb of Terra is for readers aged 8 and up. As I mentioned, we as kids, lived in extreme poverty. I was even homeless at one point. My soul aches for children who experience what I experienced. So, while raising money to publish The Orb of Terra, we’ll also be helping those in our community.
If you’d like to check out the campaign, visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/buy-a-book-feed-a-family-adventure/x/513791#/
What do you think are some innovative ways to solve hunger?
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