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About three weeks ago we took some of our students from Two Cities Church to the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game. It was “Christian Fellowship Night” and “My Job Depends in Ag Night.”

During the game I was taking a lot of video on my Go Pro Hero 6 Black. Some kids took notice and eventually came up to us and excitedly asked, “Are you guys YouTubers?”

Josiah thought it was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Here are some highlights…

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Feel like you can’t possibly change the world?

There is so much corruption, perversity, injustice, rage, hate, ignorance, and the list goes on… in this world. When I turn on the news all I see is violence, crime, disaster and the like. I was recently talking to a local business owner and we were expressing how we don’t like watching the news because it’s so negative.

But shouldn’t we stay informed?

I hate the news, but at the same time, it’s not the news channel I hate, it’s the stories. Everyone love’s the feel-good, every-day-hero, someone-found-a-cure kind of stories, but those are 1/100. So, in general news seems to be bad news. Ever heard the saying no news is good news? Sometimes I feel like the news outlets have it backwards saying good news is no news.

So what is a Christ-follower supposed to do with the news? Should we listen, read or watch it? Should we burry our heads and only think about the good things in life? Here’s a little bit of perspective from swiss theologian, Karl Barth (1886-1968).

[Barth] recalls that 40 years ago he advised young theologians ‘to take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.

The Time article goes on to give us more of Barth’s thoughts on journalists and their place in the world:

“Newspapers, he says, are so important that ‘I always pray for the sick, the poor, journalists, authorities of the state and the church – in that order. Journalists form public opinion. They hold terribly important positions. Nevertheless, a theologian should never be formed by the world around him – either East or West. He should make his vocation to show both East and West that they can live without a clash. Where the peace of God is proclaimed, there is peace on earth is implicit. Have we forgotten the Christmas message?'” (source)

I think he’s right. I love his belief that peace is a real possibility. Despite the terrible things in this world, it can be accomplished in Christ’s name.

So, what then do we do with the news?

What if, instead of watching the news and being victims of the world around us we decided to do something. What if we did something to make news? What if we were the news makers, not the news watchers? What if we didn’t let the broken nature of our world hold back our efforts to expand the borders of the peaceful kingdom of God?

You have an opportunity to Do Something.

You can make a real difference in the world. Significant difference in the world starts with significantly small efforts. When those small efforts pick up steam by mass involvement is when movements start and I believe we, Fresno and Clovis, are on the cusp of a significantly small movement.

You see, we have bad news here locally. We have elementary-aged kids who don’t eat on the weekends. They are the least of these. Some are homeless, some are transient, some are immigrants, some are the kids of drugs users, dealers or prostitutes. These kids didn’t choose their circumstances, their circumstances were determined by the choices or circumstances of the families they’re born into and many of them don’t have food at home.

The last meal they eat is supplied by the state on Friday’s at lunch, they come back on Monday’s and eat again. That’s not right.

Fresno, let’s do something about it.

You don’t have to do much. Movements are fueled by masses of people doing significantly small things. There’s a movement beginning. It’s called Fill A Belly. For $20 a month, you can help feed two kids from our own backyard every weekend for as long as you give. Fill A Belly is run by a new non-profit in town called Feed our Future Fresno.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Go here and sign up for Fill A Belly, it’s only $20 a month.
    Starting last March, Feed our Future served 75 kids every week at a local Fresno Unified School. Starting this month, they will serve 125 every week and I believe it could easily be 1,000 by next fall with the help of our community. You don’t have to believe in God to know it’s the right thing to do.
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  2. Come learn more, buy some food, hear some great music and bid on some silent auction items.
    Two Cities Rocks for Feed our Future
    Thursday, Aug 28, starting at 6pm
    Peeve’s Public House
    1243 Fulton Mall
    Fresno, CA 93721
  3. Spread the Word
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I don’t care what side of Willow you live on. We are all a part of these two cities and if you claim to follow Jesus you’ve got a responsibility to do something, to contribute, to leave it better than you found it. You may have another way you are contributing, but if you’re not or if you can scrounge an extra $20 a month, together we can start a movement that changes the future our of chronically hungry kids.

Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. – Andy Stanley

#DoSomething.
#WeAreTwoCities.