Two Lunches & a Backpack
By Allison Cheng

Micah 6:8 says, "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Growing up I never had to worry about where my next meal would come from. The sad reality is not everyone can say the same. To those who God gives many blessings, He requires much in return. Until I went to college, I never really had a face-to-face encounter with the stark reality that some people don't have enough food to make it through the day, let alone the week. I knew hunger existed. I knew that people died from hunger, but it never hit home until I found out some of my friends were practically starving themselves because they didn't have enough money.

God requires us to use our gifts to glorify him, and benefit others, and to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him. He doesn't want us to hide our gifts under a rock or run away from a situation that needs help. If I had asked myself two years ago what I could do to make a difference regarding hunger, I never would have thought I could do it with my voice.

Two years ago, when I was approached to record for the non-profit, People to People Ministries, I was excited that I would have a chance to make a CD. The experience has certainly opened my eyes and given me not only a new appreciation for recording artists, but the realization that it's possible to use my talents for a cause and how blessed I am.

There are many ways to further God's work in the world and you don't have to go overseas to serve. Sometimes the greatest missionary work is in your own hometown. If you saw me on the street, you probably wouldn't guess that I am a singer. But that's the way God works. If God can use my voice to feed hungry children, He can use your talents for just about anything.

When I was asked what I wanted to do with the CD project profits, I said to donate it to the ministry. Apparently in today's times, it is astonishing to some that a young person is not always driven by putting themselves first. I just don't understand how doing the right thing seems so foreign. The only difference between me and some other people is that I took action to use my talents.

I encourage you to take action and support the Weekend Backpack Program. Many children do not have enough/anything to eat from the time school ends on Friday until classes begin again on Monday. The backpack ministries program helps fill that gap by providing two sack lunches to a child during the weekend. Many children in your own neighborhood probably go hungry and you may never even know about it. Every child deserves the chance to have a full stomach. If you want to be the change, help a hungry child today because you will be investing in the future of tomorrow. For more information about feeding hungry children through the Weekend Backpack Program visit