Youth of the Serbian Cathedral in Chicago help feed starving children in Africa
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)
On Friday, November 23, 2018, the Teen Youth Group of Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois, volunteered at “Feed My Starving Children”, a Christian non-profit organization that helps feed starving and malnourished children all over the world.
The youth were able to put their Orthodox Christian faith in action to help pack simple meals that children eagerly look forward to receive just to stay alive. The parents, family members and the Cathedral Clergy, Fr. Darko Spasojevic, Fr. Dobrivoje Milunovic, and Fr. Nikolaj Kostur, also joined the youth group to offer support and to help in the efforts to pack meals. The Teen Youth Group of the Serbian Cathedral in Chicago is led by Protinica Jelena Milunovic.
One of every nine children in the world go to bed hungry. These statistics have a worse ratio in countries like Africa. To a starving child, hope can only begin with a reliable source of nutritious food. Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life.
On the doorstep of Advent and in the spirit of almsgiving, the youth were happy to see how their volunteering had a direct impact on helping feed hungry children. Through our efforts, we were able to pack 44,064 meal packets (204 boxes) that will help feed 120 children for ONE year in Africa. The youth understand that we have so many of God’s blessings to be thankful for, and that we should always try to help those in need.
We truly share the mission of “Feed My Starving Children” that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has called us to feed the hungry and serve those in need, and that we should follow His calling every day in all that we do. When we “love our neighbors as ourselves,” our lives are enriched. (Mark 12:31) The same is true when we graciously give our own time and resources to help others in need. “Give and it will be given to you.” (Luke 6:38) Every child has a right to be fed a nutritious meal. “For I was hungry and you gave Me food.” (Matthew 25:35)