Jon Foreman is the front-man for multi-platinum selling rock band Switchfoot. Over the course of the last ten years Switchfoot has developed a reputation as an amazing live experience with songs that transcend the boundaries of simple rock and roll. Jon is also fasting for Darfur.
Many others are joing him in solidarity for this cause. To learn more and to get information on how you can get involved visit the link below:
If your not able to join along please remember to pray for these people! God bless you!
Something my son wrote about the situation in Darfur:
As I sit here late at night I stumble across something said very well by one of my favorite artist/songwriters.
"America requested a $1.5 billion emergency appropriation to deal with a flu outbreak that has killed 3 people in the US. An estimated 300,000 folks have already died in Darfur and we do nothing... $0.00. And three people die of the flu and we spend $1.5 billion to figure things out. $1,500,000,000.00"
- Jon Foreman
Are we that selfish of a nation that we can let thousands of innocent people die each day in other countries and it’s no big deal to us, as we fatten ourselves behind our TV screens. While we leave it up to them to deal with it while the weight of it all comes crashing down on their shoulders. But all of a sudden when something happens to us (the flu) we act upon it immediately. I understand the need to protect ourselves from an epidemic but when are we going to start thinking outside our convenient Lexus cages, or beyond our nice houses with central air. Are we so blind that we can't see past outside of our Hollister stores to a world in hurt and pain? We need to start stepping into reality; just because we can't see it doesn't mean it’s not happening.
We spend millions of dollars a year on PETA in an effort to protect our innocent, cute, and fuzzy little animals that spend half the day licking their butts and chasing their tails, when we don't even turn our heads to a nation that is under mass Genocide. Picture, two innocent children being taken and slaughtered, that have a future a life ahead of them. Picture, women being raped and murdered. Why do we not care, is it because these people have a different color of skin, or maybe because they haven't showered in years and most likely smell? Are these people not worth one ounce of our time? What makes us so much different than they are? Maybe the answer is simply because we are fortunate enough to have running water or a safe place to rest our head at night. We are much more than Continents separated by water. Are we not all human beings? Do we not all have our own unique voice, face, heart, mind and soul?
The trees will replant themselves each year with the seasons. The flowers always bloom and open every spring without our help. Our environment is fine; it has been fine for two thousand years and will continue to be for two thousand years more. It is WE the people that need all the help we can get.
Why are we sitting back waiting for Obama to make the change? When are we going to awaken? Were we all not taught to memorize in school "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
If we want to see change WE need to be that change that WE are so dying to see. WE choose the president, WE create the media, WE ARE THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION to all this madness, hurt and hatred in the world. It has been years now Darfur has suffered long enough and yet we do NOTHING. It is not limited at Darfur there are many other countries out there that are hurting as well. Even in America children go hungry at night and don't have a roof under their heads. If we can look under our couch cushions and find $1.5 billion for the lives of 3 people in the US why can we not help someone else out? Do we not care until something bad happens to us? When will we ever get past our selfishness and greed? It is about time we stop complaining about someone else having the same prom dress or that our parents only gave us $100 dollars to spend at the mall. We are fortunate enough to live in a nation where we can rest our heads at night without worrying about mass Genocide. So why can we not extend a hand out to someone else in need and spread love?
This goes beyond holding picket signs and yelling. WE need to wake up or we will be woken up. This being said I will fast not because it’s the cool thing to do but because I want to know what it feels like to go to bed hungry to feel the pain that all these children and families go through. God created us all with a voice so I am going to use it. I don't want to be Labeled behind a group of activists. I want to be my own voice in this silent world.