BLOG – The Cure for Fear of Poverty, Being Duped, and Death

On Sunday, I said there are 3 main fears that keep us from feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, and visiting the imprisoned as Jesus commands us to do in Matthew 25 –

  • Fear of Poverty – we’re afraid if we’re generous we’ll end up broke.
  • Fear of Being Duped – we’re afraid people will manipulate us and take advantage of our generosity.
  • Fear of Death – we’re afraid we’ll be put in dangerous situations around contagious sick people or dangerous convicts in prison.

The cure for our fears is not guilt or command, but faith, which is why we’re so often told, “Do not be afraid,” throughout the Scriptures. What will take away your fears and mine and free us to live truly generous lives?

            Jesus gave up glory in Heaven and become completely destitute, was taken advantage of and betrayed by those he tried to help, and finally was killed. He too was afraid of those things, but for the sake of save you, blessing you, and bringing the Kingdom of Heaven, was courageous and faithful through his fears. When you see him do that for you, our hearts are transformed to do the same for others. We are given courage to act in spite of our fears.

            Further, when we are faithful and obedient to bless, give, serve, feed, visit, etc. we find that Jesus is faithful and trustworthy – Jesus keeps his promise and our faith grows again, rereleasing us to serve.

Sept 6 – Sept 20 – Quarterly Food Drive – Backpack Buddies

Sept 6 through Sept 20

BackPack Buddies is not a school supply program or a backpack donation program. Rather, BackPack Buddies fights Child Hunger here in Cleveland Community schools by providing children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. The children, selected by school principals, guidance counselors, and supervisors of various after school programs, receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of every week.


The Facts


of students applied for free or reduced meals in Johnston County in 2012-2013.

1 in 4

North Carolina children is at risk for hunger. 

More stats available KidsCountDataCenter.

Specifically Requested Foods:

For this BackPack Buddies, Individually wrapped items work best:

Whole Grain Cereal Bars or Granola Bars
Individual Cereal Packets
Easy Mac
Dried Fruit (Raisins, Craisins, etc)
Fruit Cups (Light Syrup)
Canned Spaghetti
Canned Ravioli
Beenie Weenies
Canned Soup


“When asking a 1st grade student what type of food he ate on the weekend, he replied ‘oh… we don’t eat on the weekend.’  When I asked him if he would like to be a ‘BackPack Buddy’ and explained the program to him, he started jumping up and down with an excited look on his face and exclaimed ‘YES, YES, YES!”

- BackPack Buddies Coordinator

“Toward the end of the year last year, the day before we delivered backpacks, a third-grade student mentioned to her teacher that she was hungry because she and her brother and her mother had to share one apple for breakfast that morning, and they were hungry – they were out of food. And the next day I delivered that bag of food to her classroom, and the teacher said that child lit up like a Christmas tree, she was so excited to see that food. That tells you that you’re making a difference right there.”

- BackPack Buddies Coordinator

For more information on the BackPack Buddies programs in North Carolina available HERE

Sept 23 – Stop Hunger Now! Meal Packing

805 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. This number is down more than 100 million over the last decade, and 209 million lower than in 1990–92. Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014

One in every nine people on our planet go to bed hungry each night. FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014

Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014

The vast majority of hungry people (791 million) live in developing countries, where 13.5 percent of the population is chronically undernourished. Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014

Let's Do Something About It!

Help End Hunger in Our Lifetime

September 23

Oakland is hosting a Stop Hunger Now meal packing event to fight hunger around the world. We are working with Stop Hunger Now to pack and deliver 1200 meals. There will be two shifts of volunteers packing meals. First shift runs from 6:00PM to 7:00PM and second shift from 7:00PM to 8:00PM. You can volunteer for a shift any Sunday between now and then.