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A CHURCH FORUM ON PREPARING FOR FOOD SHORTAGES

Today I lead a forum at our church on preparing for coming food shortages. I was impressed with the maturity and evenness of our participants. Some have been “Preppers” for years, others are just getting started. The most important thing was that we all share concerned for every member of the local body.

We keep our eyes on Jesus, not just the wind and waves. Food shortages constitute one wave to be aware of and prepare for – but our eyes must always be set on Jesus!

For those interesting in viewing the notes from our first meeting, Here You Go! I encourage you to consider doing something for your own church fellowship!

Steven C Johnson

Landing Strip Enterprises

 

RESPONDING IN THE SPIRIT AND POWER OF JESUS CHRIST

TO CONCERNS ABOUT FOOD SHORTAGES. July 24, 2022

Thank you for joining us and caring about your church fellowship enough to be here. Our subject for discussion is, responding in the spirit and power of Jesus Christ to concerns about food shortages.

We will be covering several subjects on this matter and encourage your interactions, questions and suggestions. I hope we will all be good listeners, as well as talkers. Both are necessary to have a meaningful time.

Our end game is

First to discover how to prepare ourselves individually and as families for potential food scarcities. That’s independence.

Our second goal is to learn how we as believers in Jesus can support one another, particularly the vulnerable among us. That’s interdependence.

In the process of sharing we want to stimulate awareness and practical action rather than fear and anxiety. We are determined to maintain a Christ-centered, peace-filled attitude for greater community cohesion.

OUR TOPICS WILL BE

1          Are the danger warnings of food shortages credible?

2          What things cause food shortages?

3          What problems would we face if we had food shortages?

4          How can we prepare ourselves and our personal families?

5          How, as a Christian Church, can we watch out for and support one another in a food shortage window?

 

1       Are the danger warnings of food shortages credible?

HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THE NEWS ABOUT FOOD SHORTAGES?

From the UN to White House there are reports about food concerns. Economist and food experts are talking about it. Warnings come from economists and food analysts. The most practical and awaking warnings come from everyday farmers.

Discussion

I was talking to a man who specializes in loan to farmers. Some farmers are asking, “Can I take the risk of taking out a greater loan to cover fuel and fertilizer costs?” Many farmers are down-sizing their crops and herds. Some are quitting. This man said the farmers themselves will be ok. He also told me emphatically, “There will be food shortages.”

Simply type in “Food shortages” and you will find many fact-based articles. One estimate saw 700 million are in immediate peril. It is overwhelming. I can’t blame people for not wanting to know about it. America will do better than most nations. But that doesn’t mean it will be easy.

 

DOMESTIC HEADLINES

WARNING FROM A FARMER

RANCHERS RUSH TO SELL CATTLE AMID DROUGHT IN TEXAS

FOURTH-GENERATION FARMER: ‘FOOD SHORTAGE IS COMING’

SIX MONTHS TO COLOSSAL FOOD SHORTAGES: Attacks on Food Supply Chain

FOOD SHORTAGES 2022: LIST OF POTENTIAL FOODS IN SHORT SUPPLY

HOW BAD WILL THE FOOD SHORTAGE GET?

FOOD BANKS SEE FOOD SHORTAGES

            GLOBAL HEADLINES

Global food shortage a ‘catastrophe,’ UN chief says

The global food crisis explained 

Rising Social Unrest Over Energy, Food Shortages Threatens Global Stability

Food shortages could be ‘just as deadly’ as global pandemic

Sri Lankan immigration official says president has left the country amid crisis that led to shortages

Food Shortages in Haiti Spiraling Out of Control

Only Putin can end the global food crisis, says UK’s Minister for Africa

 

How have you seen food prices go up? My parents saw in one month the price of groceries go from $300 to $400 with an identical grocery list.

 

2       What things cause food shortages?

 

Be dismayed, you farmers, wail, you vinedressers,

over the wheat and the barley;

for the crops of the field are ruined. Joel 1:11

Discussion

 

Famine is mostly man-made:

Government restriction on food production for “ecological” reasons

Government policies with Covid 19 set the economy back

Crops destroyed to keep food prices high

Poultry growers forced to kill millions of birds 

Spending to stimulate programs set off inflation

Gas prices

Fertilizer prices

War in the Ukraine       

Oligarchs  and foreign nations like China purchasing farm land

Two million mouths to feed from the Southern boarder

Food plant fires

Droughts in much of the US.  “because of this the land dries up.” Hos 4:3 

 

3       What problems would we face if we had food shortages?

Discussion

 

Have you heard of The Maduro Diet?

Families in fear

Social infrastructure collapse

Riots

Wars

Population loss

Worldwide depression

 

4          How can we prepare our individual families for shortages?

 

Discussion

Scalable approaches: Prepare for 3 days, then 3 weeks, then 3 months.

 

10 ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR PANTRY

Water

 

Rice

Beans/lentils

Wheat/pasta

Oats

 

Canned meat/fish

Peanut butter

Cheese

 

Cooking oil

Salt and seasonings

 

40+ Foods You Can Store for a Year (or Longer) in Your Pantry

Pantry Staples: A Master List of Everything You Need

5       What resources or skills do you have to help the church?

Discussion

 

SKILLS TO SHARE

Gardening

Food preservation – Freezing, drying, canning, salting, smoking.

Foraging

Medicinal Herbs

Fishing

Hunting

Knife sharpening

Soap making

Sewing

Motor repair

Machining

Building skills

Water collection, purification and storage

Coupons 

OTHER ___________________________________

 

MATERIAL RESOUCES TO SHARE

Share water

Share heating and food cooking

Food to share

Help others buy necessities

Space for someone to plant a garden or raise a goat

Seed saving and garden seed to share

Share a car ride

Phone call people

Child care

Other ____________________________________          

 

I can lead a workshop  on ____________________________________.

Name ____________________

Email_____________________________ Phone _________________

 

 

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES AND ENCOURAGEMENTS ABOUT FOOD

CHRISTIANS CAN BE HUNGRY. 

1 Cor 4:11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.

Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ULTIMATE FIX FOR HUNGER

John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Rev 7:16 Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat.

 

SOMETIMES WE DELIBERATELY CHOSE HUNGER. 

Acts 13:2-3 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

A PROMISE FOR THE HUNGRY

Luke 6:21  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. 

WORKING YOUR LAND AND GAIN ABUNDANCE

Prov 28:19 Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS OR INDIVIDUALS MAY STEAL

Prov 13:23  The field of the poor may produce much food, but it can be swept away through injustice.

GOD’S GRACE CAN KEEP US ALIVE IN FAMINE.

Psalm 37:18-20 “The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance. But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.”

Psalm 33:18-20 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.

GOD CAN PROVIDE MIRACULOUSLY! 

MANNA.  Deut 8:3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

ELIJAH PROVIDED FOR BY RAVENS.  1 King 7:4     JESUS MULTIPLIED FOOD.  Matt 14:13-21

 

 

WATER RESOURCES

 

            Stored in bottles, rain barrels, water heater

             

            Well water. Generator backups and hand pumps

 

            Purifying with filter, chlorine or boiling

           

            Remember water for washing and toileting.  Chamber pot and latrine.

 

GARDENING LINKS

 

Is it too late to plant a garden?

Garden crops for a short season

WHAT TO PLANT IN A VICTORY GARDEN?

LIGHTING

Lanterns

Candles

Kerosene

Flashlights. Some are solar rechargeable

Solar yard lights

           

COMMUNICATIONS

Solar charger for phones and batteries

CB’s and walkie talkies 

Short wave battery-powered radio.

Ham radio

Bulletin boards

Pen and paper

 

HEATING AND COOKING

Warm cloths/rain gear

Propane

White gas

Fire place

Grill

 

 

EMERGENCY BUGOUT KIT:

Provision for 72 Hours

 

WATER!

Bottles plus chlorine or iodine

 

ILLUMINATION

Flashlights and batteries

Matches, lighter, candles or glow sticks

 

COMMUNICATION

Radio, Cell phone and charger, 2-way radio, whistle, mirror (Phones may be down)

 

LOGISTICS TO CONSIDER

Agree on Rallying points. Out of state

phone numbers for rallying

 

DIRECTIONS

Maps, compass and watch (GPS’s may be down).

 

FOOD

Cliff bars, dried fruit, Nuts, oatmeal, Juice, tea, coffee, cocoa candies, peanut butter,

crackers, romaine noodles, canned food with pop tops or freeze dried food

 

KITCHEN

Dish soap, towels and cloths

Bunsen burner

Plates, cups  and utensils

Garbage bags and zip locks

 

TOILETRIES

TP

Handy wipes

Toothbrush, paste, floss

Feminine products

Skin lotion, Lip balm

Soap and shampoo

Razor

Bug repellant

 

CASH AND VITAL DOCUMENTS

(Again, ATM’s may be down)

 

TOOLS

Fixed blade and folding knife

Multi-tool

Duct tape and rubber bands

Rope and twine, zip ties

Pen, paper, marker

 

FIRST AID KIT with instructions

Burn ointment

Eye wash

Surgical kit

Scissors

Anti-diarrheal and laxative

Sterile gloves and hand sanitizer

Bandages

Super glue

 

CLOTHING

Prepare for all weather

Gloves, shoes, socks, hats,

Windbreakers, jackets and rain gear

Underclothing

 

SHELTER

Space blanket, tent, plastic sheeting sleeping bags, blankets

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

Consider children, the elderly, handicapped and pets.

 

GLASSES/CONTACT SOLUTION

 

PRESCRIPTIONS

 

PERSONAL DEFENSE

 

IDLE TIME

Pocket Bible, book, playing cards

 

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