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11/3/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Work with Jesus to feed the hungry

On Nov. 1, food stamps decreased nationwide. Half of all children and a quarter of all seniors will be affected. The food bank subsidies have also been lowered. The country is in a crisis when it comes to feeding the hungry.

A pastor of a church in the south decided to do something about this problem. He started a food bank right next to his church. Many parishioners were so glad he had started his food bank because it helped with their food budget, especially the last week of the month when the cupboards were bare.

The pastor would go to food companies and get donations as well as the public that helped by supplying the food bank. He made a comment that he couldn't preach the word of God to a congregation if their stomachs were empty.

I belong to a church in Kingman, and I'm sure there are many people who go to church every week. All you have to do is drive down the streets and you find many churches. Each church could put a container in the back of the church for food donations. It sounds like it should be simple to help our fellow less fortunate citizens as Jesus had preached and guided us for so long. We all have a responsibility to help our neighbor.

I challenge all citizens and churches to step up to the plate and practice what the Lord and Jesus have taught us to do throughout our Christian teachings.

Vivian Rausch

Kingman




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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: Amy Ringley

Me and my husband along with 6 other people in Kingman, have start a soup kitchen at St Mary's church called Our Daily Bread. As of now, we feed over 600 needy people a week. We work as volunteers and only on donations. We had our first food drive on Saturday November 9. A lot of people donated to help feed our local homeless. Thank you and God Bless.

Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: Just J

@ frank.....I am a republican but I tell you right now I believe in feeding the hungry, I feel horribly bad that the poor woman Edward mentioned was in that situation and that not one church in the area would seriously help her, though it doesn't surprise me either, they are like that here and everywhere! And they call themselves Christian, yeah! I feed people I see on the streets asking for food, I go and buy them food! So not ALL Republicans are selfish okay. We live in a world of "it's all about me" and that is the sick fact, it isn't Rep or Dem it is people in general who are selfish.

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Article comment by: well done .....

@Mr. Tomchin......it isn't what you say, but what you do. Good job.

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

I'm sorry, but don't talk to me about this area and what Christ taught in the same breath. A year ago I found a neighbor, an old black lady in her 70s, living without food, power, water, telephone or transportation. I brought her some food as well as a portable propane stove. I also managed to shame one neighbor and two local churches into at least bringing her some food, but beyond that nothing was forthcoming from the local community. I spent three days contacting the police, every social agency and church in the area, and every other neighbor I knew, trying to get help for her.

I finally found some help but not here. A lady working at a social welfare agency in Laughlin responded and was able to bring resources to bear. She found some of the woman's family who took her to live with them in San Diego.

There is little Christ-like compassion in this community that I've seen. Most people appear to enjoy hurting each other. There are some good people living here, but they are hiding in self-preservation.



Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

Him: "and what of the poor, the hungry and the homeless who are not Christian"

You: "she doesn't say only give food to christians. she is called for christians to step up and donate to the hungry."

You need to understand. In the view of some people, only paternalistic big govt. should be allowed to take care of people. It's a leftist thing.

LOL


Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Article comment by: Too Hort

"and what of the poor, the hungry and the homeless who are not Christian"

she doesn't say only give food to christians. she is called for christians to step up and donate to the hungry. read it again.



Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

... and what of the poor, the hungry and the homeless who are not Christian, who worship a different god or none at all? What of them? Send them to the nearest dumpster? Line them up and shoot them? Herd them off to concentration camps? What?

Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Article comment by: good idea, but .....

.....bring the container inside after dark, and without surveillance cameras even during the day.....well, this is Kingman after all.

Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Article comment by: What a beautiful idea! Hope it works!

Vivian, your idea is simple and hopefully will be very successful! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Article comment by: Trained Observer

Good idea but businesses can also do this and its always good publicity.

Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Article comment by: Frank in Kingman

Vivian,
I'm sorry, but many people here call Kingman a republican, conservative town and you know how they feel about moochers on food stamps and them thar moochers that go to food banks. If you put them out make sure you glue them to the ground so the moochers don't steal them to use as an family room addition to the box their living in.




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