Day 20

I am very happy to say that I am 66% of the way finished with this fast! I have been doing alright but the foods are really beginning to get old. The farina wheat cereal used to be a “joy” in the mornings but now I am having to split it into three different servings in order to choke it down. I have continued to try many different ways of cooking the cracked wheat and have decided that I like it the best ground up, made into buns, then toasting it for a little extra flavor and a differing texture. I am still enjoying my split pea soup every night. I’m sure it is because it is the smallest amount of food I get every day. It is amazing how lacking this diet is in both flavor and nutrition. I have mentioned numerous times how I am ready to add some flavor to my food but I am ready to once again have more energy and a well balanced meal.

I almost messed up on Sunday and cheated a little bit without thinking. The guy next to me in church offered me an Altoid and I grabbed one without thinking but before it got in my mouth I realized what I was doing and gave it to my wife. She has been joking that I am becoming slightly delusional lately. I had a dream the other night that I was eating a cinnamon roll and didn’t even realize that I was cheating until after it was done.  Then while I was away on my solitude I read the book of John and when I got to John 18:3 where it says:

“The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove.”

Instead of reading “they arrived at the olive grove.” I readthey arrived at the Olive Garden.” I even got all the way home and tried to show Rachel that it talked about the Olive Garden in the Bible only to realize that I had read it wrong. Rachel thought that was pretty funny :-)

I realize every time I make my food how easy we have it in the US. I am struggling with my food intake but I am able to cook it on my nice stove or warm it up quickly in my microwave. These are luxuries that the people of Darfur don’t have. They need to put their lives in danger to gather wood in order to make a fire and most of the time it is the women gathering the wood. They can’t just stick a bowl of farina wheat cereal in the microwave for a couple minutes and then eat. It is an entire process that needs to happen. I am losing sympathy for those around me who mention that they are “poor” or “broke”. The majority of us in the US have no idea what it means to be broke or poor. We continue to forget what is happening around the world and base our “status” on the people that are around us. Hopefully that will start to change.

I have been enjoying many good conversations with people on the topic of Darfur because of this fast. I am hoping that the least I can do with this is to increase the awareness of my family, friends, church, and community and hopefully by doing so we can start something bigger as a whole. The people of Darfur need us to start doing something about it. We can’t continue to wait for the government to fix things because they are very caught up with their own agendas. What can we do to help bring peace to the people of Darfur?

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