Friday, June 29, 2012

Do you want to play a game?

So, I got asked to play a game.  I already knew that I would lose.  The name of the game is Survive125.  Standing in the grocery store yesterday, looking for healthy things to put in my body, I thought about the game and knew there was no way I could do it.  And that broke my heart, because nearly 1.3 billion people are faced with this challenge everyday and it isn't a game to them.  It's life.

I actually teared up while playing the game.  Faces of people I love and other images were flashing across my brain.  I saw water barrels sitting by the street waiting for clean water to be delivered.  No money?  No water.  I saw children dressed in rags that sort of looked like school uniforms.  No uniform?  No school.  I saw children so hungry they can't lift their heads and their eyes are dull.  No food?  No life.

Do you think this is how it has to be?  The people behind this video say no. 

58: is a global initiative to end extreme poverty by living out Isaiah 58.  Don't know about the Fast of Isaiah 58?  Well, grab your Bible or read about it here.

Also, 58: isn't trying to reinvent the wheel.  They partner with organizations that have proven track records.  Two of my favorites are in the mix:  Compassion International and International Justice Mission.

My challenge to you is for you to play the game.  See how long you can last on $1.25 a day.  I only made it to Day 14.  I started crying before I ran out of money.