Tomorrow I am going to spend a couple of hours with a house church here in Harrisonburg. Its leader, Harvey Yoder, is also a blogger and what follows is an extract from his latest post. See the whole post, and more of Harvey’s wisdom, here: http://harvyoder.blogspot.com
Rice Bucket And “Bucket of Compassion” Challenges
In the wake of over a million people dousing themselves with buckets of ice water to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), there’s now a new movement in India called the “rice bucket challenge”.
In that country, more than 100 million people lack access to clean drinking water, so Manju Kalanidhi, a 38-year-old journalist from Hyderabad, came up with a different idea. Since a third of her people live on less that $1.25 a day, and two pounds of rice costs over half that amount, she proposed the rice bucket challenge, which works like this:
1. Fill a bucket of rice.
2. Give it to a needy individual or family nearby.
3. Post a picture on Facebook with the hashtag #RiceBucketChallenge.
Thousands of people worldwide have already responded, and tons of rice or other foods have been donated as a result.
Or here’s another idea: In light of the ever worsening situation experienced by the now three million Syrian refugees alone, let’s challenge ourselves and others to make generous online donations to help alleviate these and other desperate needs around the world. We could call it the Bucket of Compassion Challenge.