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Every day that Jen and I sit to eat, we thank God for the fact that we even have food on our table, let alone the luxury of being able to enjoy that food and all that we've been blessed with.

All of us have seen the commercials and frequently we turn a blind eye to it. There are people starving everywhere. Yes, here in the USA, it's a problem with over 15% of people under the poverty line. Living in NYC it is prevalent - walking just between our home and the train we pass homeless, hungry people all the time. Jen is particularly heartfelt about this - it is rare to not see her give something, whether its money, a prayer, a bottle of water, something.

People have commented to us that we shouldn't turn a blind eye to the problem in our own country in favor of those in other places and I don't deny that we need to solve the problem here. The difference is that in the USA, despite all its problems, we have things like social services and welfare and missions that are a last line of resort for many. In other places - Africa, Central and South America, parts of Asia - there isn't any such thing so those without are literally without.

Children's Cup is a donation-based Christian ministry whose mission is to take both humanitarian and spiritual aid to devastated and neglected parts of the world and give children some hope, some food, and with God's grace, a fresh start.  We learned this weekend just how little it costs to feed, clothe and educate a child for a year and the amount is so small, I couldn't help but think that even a collaborative effort to help one person is mercy in and of itself.

I am in the tech world and I watch Kickstarter projects amass contributions to get incredible projects off the ground. I think its an amazing and bold initiative that might just possibly have saved us from the 1999 bubble. But at the same time, just an iota of that money towards helping someone who is desperately in need and you've saved more than just an idea, you've saved a life.

So please, next time you are about to donate $10 to that project, think about possibly just giving it to Children's Cup, or any other organization truly dedicated to bringing a change, and bring a little grace to someone's life.  And if you want to stay closer to home and live in NYC, check out Liberty City - I'll write about that another day :)

"4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

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