How excellent it is to see the church's young people focused out on the world and hoping to bring a congregation along with them. Theirs is a goal that exudes youthful exuberance and confidence that "we can do anything we put our minds to." We need that kind of faithful response, trusting that with God all things are possible. Even if it sounds like "pie-in-the-sky" to someone who has lived long enough to see the truth in Jesus' statement that the poor will always be with us -- sometimes in spite of my (our) best efforts and sometimes because of my (our) indifference.
Even if hunger can't be ended in their town in a handful of years (and I pray that it can be, everywhere), their goal suggests some deeper objectives that can shape their lives for years to come:
- being aware of what they are blessed with, and what others lack
- creating a way of life that includes sharing with those in need
- getting to know those who are hungry and in poverty
- raising awareness among their complacent neighbors of the needs of the poor
- learning about and advocating against the causes of as well as the results of hunger