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Summary: Here we are in the United States of America. In contrast to other people living in the poorer countries of the world; we are pretty comfortable. For this gift, have you daily given "Thanks to God"? If you are not comfortable, have you given that up to The

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Here we are in the United States of America. In contrast to other people living in the poorer countries of the world; we are pretty comfortable. For this gift, have you daily given "Thanks to God"? If you are not comfortable, have you given that up to The Lord?

In God there is life everlasting. Defeating death by the suffering, death, and resurrection is a gift given by God's Son. Lamb's blood on the door post saved the first born of Hebrew slaves from the angel of death. The blood of Jesus Christ removes our sins and redeems our souls or life everlasting. "Do you need God?" Are you aware there is nothing a human can do to earn salvation, we are sinners, we need God.

During 1997 Southern and South Eastern Ethiopia suffered a drought that created an urgent need. The UN disaster agency issued a plea for almost one hundred thousand tons of non perishable food. This need was projected as the amount required to sustain life for the poor people living in this region for three months. Three months was projected as the time required for the land and livestock to recover from the drought.

There was an Old Testament event in which the prophet Elijah was granted by God a request for there to be "no rain. This drought lasted for three years till God called it off." Elijah was told to shelter the perils of the drought at a widow's house. While the flour and oil used to make cakes held out her son died. Elijah cried out to God, asking first for life to return to the son. Additionally Elijah needed to life, to understand what God was asking of him.

You can read about this event in First Kings chapter seventeen. Rabbinical teachings explain the reason Elijah was sent to a poor gentile widow during the drought, was so he could learn first hand the suffering effect this drought he had requested, had on poor people. Widows suffered greatly already, the last thing they needed was a drought to combat. But God has a loving heart of compassion for widows, his Son illustrated this love.

For not knowing the reality of starvation, do you daily give "Thanks to God"? Maybe the question should be, "do you need God"?

His American name is Billy. He managed to escape the horrors of life in drought stricken Southern Ethiopia. Billy remembers going to bed without any clothes on his body, and his belly hurting because it was empty. Each morning Billy awoke without clothes and he still had a hungry belly. Billy, his mother and sister had no knowledge if they would eat that day.

Not only was Ethiopia trying to deal with the drought but their border with Somali was in conflict. Additionally UN relief workers were under attack by armed robbers. Some of these relief workers were murdered.

Billy spoke about remembering the sounds of screaming. Men with rifles would enter his village, people were dragged away. Sometimes happened in the dark of night. Billy could hear the screams and commotion from huts around theirs. Billy said it was expected the people who had been dragged away, to never be seen again. Billy said he remembers his mother, sister, and himself quite often and everyday to be praying to God.


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