In 1982, Duran Duran filmed the music video for their hit song Hungry Like The Wolf in the jungles of Sri Lanka. In that context the word “hungry” doesn’t mean physical hunger, of course, but I can’t help but think of the different types of hunger that that we’ll be meeting in Sri Lanka in a few short days.
Hunger for nutritious food.
Hunger for knowledge.
Hunger for a peaceful future.
Hunger for hope that tomorrow can be a little better than today was.
I also have a hunger as we set out on this journey. I have a yearning in my soul to help us all to meet the children of Sri Lanka in a way that opens our hearts and captures our collective imagination. I want to join you in a great big beautiful dream of children with plenty to eat, with good educations, and futures that are bright. And I want to inspire us to work together to make that happen.
But prepare yourself! No dream comes without a cost. It will take our time to stop and see the need. It will take a risk of sharing someone’s pain to let our hearts be open. It may take a little of our hard-earned money to help this child right now who is waiting for one of us to help them get that hope and share that dream.
I too am hungry like the wolf. I’m on the hunt and I’m after you to have your life changed as we help change the lives of a generation in Sri Lanka on child at a time.
Did you know you have a little bit of Sri Lanka in your kitchen? Cinnamon trees are only native to the island of Sri Lanka and every cinnamon tree in the world is a descendant of one there! Go ahead, open up that spice canister and take a whiff. A few hundred years ago that spice was so rare it was considered and appropriate gift for royalty.
These days cinnamon is so common that we barely even think about it as we sprinkle it our oatmeal or lavish it on our baked goods. But for the next week or so I’d like you to do something for me: whenever you smell cinnamon think of Sri Lanka and if you pray, say a prayer for the kids there waiting for someone to change their lives through sponsorship.
It’s less than two weeks now until we head out! I can’t wait to get there and start sharing the stories of Sri Lanka with you all.
Historically, I don’t usually post on SFL on the weekend unless there’s some kind of breaking news. Three years of daily blogging takes its toll and I need a day off once in a while too. Beside which, most of you are busy on the weekend and don’t catch up here until Monday anyway.
But for the next few weeks as I prepare to travel to Sri Lanka I’m going to be taking Sunday to do a spotlight section on both the country of Sri Lanka itself and the efforts of World Vision to help children there.
To start, I’m going to do a bit of shameless self-promotion by showing you my very own personal page over at World Vision’s website
I know that the people who read SFL are a generous and loving group of people because they have been generous and loving to me on more than one occasion. For those of you who are able please do prayerfully consider sponsoring a child who desperately needs your help. And if you do sign up to sponsor a child within the next few days feel free to send me their name and I’ll do my best to coordinate with World Vision to see if I can meet them on your behalf while I’m there.