Monday, July 21, 2008

Mud Biscuits For Meals, Anyone? (Pity Those Who Eat These "Foods")


This addendum was placed because of the message sent by my good friend Shiela (Bluebirdy).

Actually dear Brothers and Sisters, THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO! There are reputable, HONEST agencies that help these people, and as little as $1 can get medical treatment for a whole family, food for a month, education for a child, vitamins to prevent blindness, or even leprosy treatment. When I had a bigger income, I sponsored 1 child for 60 cents a day, and sent it once a month, and it took care of the food, housing, education and medical of the whole family of that child! I can no longer do that much, but I can give a little.
I remember a Bible story and I wish I could find it now, where Jesus says it is good to pray, but if we are able to actually do something, it is sinful to just say "Oh pray for the hungry, and the naked" but to do nothing about it. If you are too poor to help, that is a different story. The Lord understands, but if the Lord has given you much, you should be happy to give.
Here are a couple of agencies you can look at to see if you want to donate.
Food and many other daily life services such as education, health, housing, clean water:
Here is one that gives poor people loans of $25 so they can start their own business and be self sufficient. When they pay you back, you can either take your money back, or use that $25 to help another person:
Here you can buy pig, chickens, cow, seeds for growing vegetables, so many gifts of livelihood:
There are 2 mottos we can think of. "If not me, who? If not now, when? -Hilell
"Think Globally, act locally." There are poor and starving in your own communities that you could help, and if you want to reach out internationally, those organizations that I mentioned help you do that too.
Look at the scriptures about tithing, giving 1/10th of your income to the poor in the Bible. Giving 1/.10th of your income is paying back God for all that He gives us. He is so generous He allows us to keep 9/10ths of all, and asks for 1/10th to help others, and here is His promise:
Malachi 3:10-Bring your tithes...and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Mud cakes are dried in the sun

Pretty shapes these mud biscuits are
Mud cakes and biscuits will be transported to markets for sale
There's just too much hunger in the world

This is how they process those mud cakes and biscuits

This tragic story and its accompanying pictures were emailed to me by my good friend and guardian angel- Shiela (Bluebirdy- Living 4 Hours At A Time) who, although suffering from lupus and other debilitating and painful diseases, have spent her precious time ministering to the spiritual needs of others. God bless you abundantly my dear sister in Christ. Before we partake of the sumptuous meals in our dinner tables, let us utter prayers for these people in Haiti and other impoverished countries in Africa and Asia whose main fare for the day are sun baked mud biscuits. So many food are wasted in America, Japan, Europe and other affluent countries, enough to feed these hungry souls who could barely eat one square meal a day. If you have money to spare, send them to the appropriate UN agencies that are taking care of feeding the hungry people of the world.

This kind of putty biscuit
is made from clay, salt and vegetable oil or margarine, Haiti people call it "the special thunder", price 5 cents
The local merchant transports with a truck one kind of unique soil from the middle mountainous area to each market place. After the women purchase the soil, they process the soil to make the biscuits at the neighbor's workshop.
They bring the barrel of soil to the roof top, picking out the stones and the lumps, then the soil is mixed with salt and oil. Afterwards, they pinch the soil into a small cake shape under the hot sun. The processed biscuit is brought to the market for selling.

An Associated Press reporter has tasted one of "the special thunder". He said that this kind of biscuit has a moist taste. After eating for several hours, the taste of unbearable soil flavor still lingers in the mouth. American Colorado State University immunology Professor Gerald Callaghan said these people believed that the pregnant women who eat the soil can strengthen the womb and embryo's immunity, to resist disease. But parasites and toxins in the soil can be fatal to the human body. Local doctors said that the long-term dependence on putty biscuit can cause malnutrition and diarrhea.
Haiti is one of the of poorest countries in the world, 80% of the population's average earnings is less than two US dollars per person each month. Eating of the putty biscuit is due to the recent rising food price.
To Fill The World With Love

Tags: Hunger, Poverty, Disease, Deprivation, Isolation, Mud Cakes and Biscuits
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla


Anonymous said...

It hurts.

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

That is so pathetic,people having to eat mud of all things!To think of all the side effects that a dependency on these can cause,terrible!

I feel guilty now,that I have such a variety to choose from and still fuss about eating,while these people don't even have food.

Thanks for sharing this Mel.Take care.God Bless You.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Hobo,
Yes, it really hurts when we see some people reduced to almost subhuman conditions. There's so much food that go to waste in affluent countries while some people in very poor countries are reduced to eating mud cakes. God never intended it this way. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Sameera,
With the kindness of Shiela (Bluebirdy), I wrote this post to prick the conscience of people who have so much in life unaware that in some corners of the globe, people are starving and are reduced to eating mud cakes and biscuits. This is the result of the avarice of some men who wants to hoard more than they can consume. Their fate will be worse at the end of their line. Thank you so much my dear friend for your visit and kind comments. God bless you always with the abundance of God's graces and blessings.

Raptured Dreams said...

I enjoy watching and listening to this touching video.. I felt it deep in my heart Mel.. Giving me goose bumps..

Anyway I got you an award

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Ester,
Thanks so much that you appreciated the video. Thanks too for the award although as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always my friend.

Bluebirdy said...

As children, most little girls made mud pies to pretend we were cooking like our mother. We could never dream that in our lifetime millions of people would be happy to ease their hunger pangs with a special kind of mud pie! The world has more than enough food. I have seen so much food thrown away at one meal in restaurants and even in some homes that other poor people even in N. American would be happy to have. Yes, there is poverty even there, but not like Haiti and Africa.
Thankyou dear brother in Christ for your so kind words about me. I have felt the same way about you. I really feel the Holy Ghost when reading what you have written, and reading your emails. You are a precious man in the eyes of the Lord.

krystyna said...

Thank you Mel for sharing this beautiful video. "To Fill The World with Love", beautiful song is accurate to your today's message.
It is very sad that so many food are wasted in many countries and in many private homes
and on the other hand many people and little kids die every day because they are hungry.
We need Love and the world needs Love. With Love in our hearts we must go and help those starving countries.
So help us God!

fingertalks said...

OH MY. that's really horrible, and sad. i feel guilty because there's so much food that i buy sometimes, and end up not eating them all. i feel guilty because there are times, i am thinking of what to eat, not because there's no food, but because i don't feel like eating. yet some other people have to eat those mud biscuits, because they don't have any other choice.

the other night, i cried also for the plight of some expats working here. they weren't given their meager salary from three to six months. they were the street cleaners and were earning so less, yet they weren't given what they deserve, much more the money that they have worked for. it's so sad. the world is so full of imbalance and poverty.

i got carried a way, bro. mel, thus, this longish comment that looks like a blog post. thanks for sharing the story. it's an eyeopener.

God bless us all.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shiela,
First of all, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. When I received your email, it just occurred to me to make it into a special post, one that would shake the conscience of many people. We must be aware of the appalling hunger and poverty stalking the poorest countries of the world. When there's just too much affluence and extravagance in some rich countries and in other countries, there's abject poverty, hunger and disease, people and countries must be jostled to their
senses that they have the moral responsibility to share their excess wealth to the least of their brethren. That way, they can truly fill this world with love the way God wants us all to do. Thanks for your visit and inspired comments my dear friend and guardian angel. God bless you and your loved ones always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Krystyna,
Until man realizes that he is his brother's keeper, this kind of situation will persist. As affluent and powerful nations waste their money and resources in weaponries and arms struggles, there are people who are reduced to almost subhuman conditions and have to eat mud cakes and biscuits just to survive. May the rich countries offer more tangible food aids to these struggling nations to feed their impoverished and starving people. Thanks for appreciating the music video. God bless you always my friend.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Fingertalks,
No, on the contrary I really appreciate long comments. It shows you really appreciate and have read my post. There are practical things we can do to help ease the plight of our less fortunate brethren, but the most effective of this all is to pray for them always. God can help them overcome their own struggles in life. Thanks for your concerned comments. God bless you and your loved ones always my friend.

Emmyrose said...

This is such a moving post... very horrible.

Btw, I got something for you here:

Noushy Syah said...

OMG!! Seriously,I knew that in certain countries there are poverty here and there but not till this extend of eating mud biscuits!!!

My heart feels so much pain reading this Mel..just unbelievable that it makes me feel guilty of being too choosy on foods and at times don't even want to eat if it is not to my taste! I've learned a lesson here precisely!

Thanks for this post and May God bless you on spreading the news to give us awareness and hopefully more rich nations or individuals would provide food aids to them.

heiresschild said...

wow, this is really wild Mel. i remember as a child we'd play house and make mud pies, but who knew that people are actually eating them for real. i agree that some places much food is wasted. for instance here, in the fast food restaurants, once breakfast is over, they throw the food out, and the same at the close of business.

my culinary school i graduated from used to give food to the homeless, but one day when a person held on to the food longer instead of eating it, because it wasn't properly refrigerated, the person got sick and tried to sue. that's why here a lot of business have certain strict policies on what they do with leftover food.

on the other hand, there's enough money in the world with all of the wealth some people possess to distribute it around and share so everyone would have.

even in the Bible, people brought whatever they had into the church, and the church distributed to all who had such need. we are our brother's keeper!!!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi sis Emmyrose,
Yes, who would believe that some people would eat mud cakes because they do not have much money to buy real food. And these mud cakes are not free, they buy it at very cheap prices. God help the poor starving people on earth. Thanks for your visit and comments. I'll see what you've got at your blog. God bless you always my sister in Christ.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Noushy,
Now we have seen everything. Who would believe that the ingenious plays of children baking mud pies would suddenly become a reality and that some people are now actually buying and eating mud pies and biscuits? Makes one cry his heart out in pity and disbelief. How can man sink so low? Let us all pray that the rich nations will really extend their helping hands to ameliorate the plight of these poor starving people of the earth. Thanks for your visit and caring comments. God bless you always my dear friend.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Sylvia,
That's another one prayer item for all well meaning Christians. We can pray for the amelioration of the plight of these poor starving people of the earth. I've seen the worst of these subhuman conditions. How often have I seen crazed starving people rummaging in garbage bins for some food to eat. They are no better than lost dogs, cats and rats who would rummage their food from garbage. Yes, I agree with you 100%. We are our brothers keepers and someday the Lord will make an accounting with us in what we have actually done with the souls He sent to us. Thanks for your visit and meaningful comments. God bless you always my dear friend.

Lena said...

thats really very sad and no words can justify the real horror of the situation. I guess such things should be made public and discussed in open, then maybe something will start changing.

Steven and Aisha said...

I feel so bad. Oh, what can I do? These people need a lot of help and prayer. Thank you for sharing. Haiti.. I will remember that country.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Lena,
Sometimes people have to be jolted to awaken them to the harsh realities of life, that there are people who are now living in subhuman conditions while others are awash with so much wealth and pleasures in life. May this post prick the consciences of some people to utter prayers to our less fortunate brethren. Truly, we are our brothers keepers. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always my friend.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Steven and Aisha,
Surely we can pray for all the poor and starving people in the world. There's not much we can do individually for them but we can always pray and open heaven's floodgates of blessings and graces to pour down on them. Thanks for your visit and concerned comments. God bless you both always.

krystyna said...

I didn't notice this Addendum when I visited you.
It is very good that you/ and Sheila/ try to help and show how to help others.
Actually I sponsore 1 child,
and I'll see what can I do through those links.

Let be Peace & Love in The World!

Vadim said...

Here's another suggestion:

Specifically about Haiti, we're going to get $500 for students and help with their basic needs: food, medical care, etc. You can read more about the organization here:

Aside from that I recommend Kiva, that's what I give my money too.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Krystyna,
Thanks so much. You're an angel of the Lord. God bless you more for all the things you are doing for His kingdom.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Vadim,
Thanks for the information. Thanks also for all the help you are extending to the poor people of Haiti. God bless you more for your efforts to help the starving and impoverished people of Haiti.

"Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7b)


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