Julie Sanders, my friend and Scripture Dig teammate, has a heavy burden. God has prompted her to do something about the severe famine in Somalia. I asked her if I could share it with you. The following post originally ran on her blog “Come Have a Peace,” earlier this week. My request is that you would read it with an open heart and see how God would have you respond.
I was in the airport in Wyoming when I first saw the pictures. In the 2 weeks since, I have watched and prayed and thought and laid awake and pondered. Maybe this blog is my “two mites;” I know God wants to use it to help answer the prayers and cries of suffering people.
I’m talking about the crisis unfolding in Somalia, impacting areas in the Horn of Africa such as Ethiopia and Kenya. Millions of people are being impacted in the first official famine declared by the UN in the 21st century. The first chance of rain is expected to be October. The Dadaab Refugee Camp is overflowing with over 400,00 people, with 1,300 more arriving daily. Refugees are walking out of Somalia for up to 50 miles, just to reach the camp and a chance for food many haven’t had in a week. Surviving parents are making the difficult decision to leave some children alone to die on the road when they are too weak to go on. Along the way, women are facing increasing violence and sexual assault from the truly wicked.
This crisis is the result of an awful collision of drought, food prices, and violence. Many people are responding in the name of many worthwhile things, but I want to respond on behalf of God’s name. I was waiting for someone else to lead the way, but God has imprinted an idea of His on my heart and mind that I am sure He is waiting for me to obediently respond to.
There are 4 Saturdays in August. One one or more or all of the Saturdays in August, would you forgo solid food with me and use the money, instead, to give it to meet needs in Somalia?
I’m asking for you to think, pray, and give for “Somalia on Saturdays.” I’m calling it “S.O.S.” for short. I want us to remember to pray for those who are suffering every time a hunger pang strikes or the abundance passes us.
Many experienced organizations are intervening. As of now, these are faith based organizations I have found that are already on the ground or implementing plans of support in crisis areas: (Click on any one to read about their plans.)
You don’t have to tell me if you give or where you give or how much you give. Just give in Jesus’ name in the way He would give. Will you help me honor Him by taking at least one Saturday this month to think, pray, and give to “Somalia on Saturday?” I know the Lord is calling me to act, and I pray He will call you too to join me in S.O.S.
I’ve created a Facebook event to help spread the word. Please visit and help spread the word so that more followers of God will act on His behalf in response to the cries of Africa.
If you are a blogger who wants to join me and share this wherever you have “two mites,” feel free to copy the code. We are using the hashtag #SOSproject on Twitter.