Becoming Aware

If you started wearing glasses as a kid, chances are that you didn’t know you even needed them. Someone else probably saw you squinting at the TV or chalk board and let you know about it. Or they just became tired of the weird faces you were making.


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David Beckmann recently came by Fuller to offer insight on his organization, Bread for the World. Dr. Beckmann shared the quiet injustice of world hunger. While at epidemic proportions worldwide, the US is also experiencing inequity:

  • 1/4 children in the US live in a household without sufficient nutrition
  • Among African Americans and Latinos, this rate increases to 1/3
  • Nationally, food stamps, food banks, and school meals meet only 6% of the amount that’s needed

These statistics are hard not to notice. But they remain relatively unknown among most of the population.

Recently, bullying and intolerance has surfaced as another epidemic. Likely you feel somewhat part of these injustices because the characters involved are our neighbors or kids in our youth ministries. The same people on the same roads we drive on and same schools we go to are quietly facing deadly issues.

The issue at stake is awareness. You can’t help answer any problem until you know what it is.

  • Do you know what’s really going on in your group?
  • If you asked a student, volunteer, or coworker about the biggest issue challenging your setting, would their answer match yours?
  • When’s the last time you talked about an issue to make sure everyone knew about it? And it wasn’t gossip?

Your awareness determines your success at a solution. Seeing the issue at hand always precedes fixing the problem.

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