This week I have been taking part in the Ration Challenge. This is a program through Church World Services which raises public awareness and funds for Syrian refugees living in Jordan to give them access to food, medical care, and education as they rebuild their broken lives.
As part of the Ration Challenge me and several thousands of others around the world take a week to sign up sponsors as we eat the same exact food rations that these refugees are given. What kinds of foods are these? Not much! Here is what one week’s worth of food looks like for each individual refugee:
- 4 pounds & 4 ounces of plain, dry, white, rice
- 3 ounces of dried chick peas
- One small can of kidney beans
- 1 & 3/4 cups of plain white flour
- 6 ounces of dried lentils
- One tin of sardines
- 12 ounces of cooking oil
- Water as needed
As you can see, the bulk of the week’s food is plain white rice; the remaining items are very sparse. And that’s it. No spices, flavorings, sugar, or sauces. No coffee, tea, or juice. No fresh fruits or vegetables. Granted, members of the Ration Challenge may “earn” some of these extras dependent upon the amount of funds their sponsors have raised on their behalf, however the real-life refugees are at the mercy of local kindness when it comes to anything extra.
This is a worthy program to fulfill our commandment from Christ: “Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back” (Luke 6:30, ESV).
If you are a reasonably healthy adult I ask that you also consider signing up for the Ration challenge. All the money you raise from your sponsors goes to help support Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan who have fled eight years of conflict and violence in their own country.
If you cannot join the challenge, then I ask that you sponsor me during my week of Ration Challenge by clicking on this LINK, as this will make a great difference in giving these refugees a chance to get their lives back together.
Proverbs 3:27: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”
God Bless all of you!