OMAD

OMAD…or One Meal a Day to you and me, is apparently a recognised and popular form of weight loss programme. It is not without its dangers though, as without careful management it can create health issues.

In contrast approximately 700 million people in the world go hungry every day, not because they want to diet but because they can’t afford food. They have no choices about healthy diet. Covid added around 100 million more to this figure. Hundreds of millions live below the International poverty line figure of $1.90 per day. This is just wrong and should stir our hearts to action.

North Korea πŸ‡°πŸ‡΅ is one of the countries with extreme poverty and lack of food but it affects much of Africa and South East Asia. I remember meeting two farmers and a pastor in Vietnam πŸ‡»πŸ‡³ and they were obviously desperately poor, trying to eke a living from small plots of land after being driven from their village for their faith.

I am now five days into my one meal a day of soup and bread. Butternut squash soup made with leftovers is delicious. Having said that you feel full for the afternoon but by the evening and for the next morning you physically the hunger pangs. I have kept the same work and running πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ routine to relate to North Koreans but it does slow the metabolism and make you lethargic. Living this way permanently would be draining at the least, especially if you have to do manual work and have poor living conditions. It’s only by accident of birth that we are blessed to live in the west.

Open Doors makes such a difference around the world. Food and medicine is somehow smuggled into North Korea. I remember meeting refugee families in Iraq who were so grateful for the food parcels they were receiving. The pastor from central Asia who was visibly pleased to receive a cow to supplement his income. It makes such a difference. Your gifts via my justgiving page helps to transform lives.

v https://justgiving.com/fundraising/AdrianSmith6060

Thank you for being change makers. This is the difference Open Doors supporters are making in Syria πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡Ύ after 10 years of civil war.

Published by adrian60

Turning 60 is a door to a new decade. I want to use these years positively, starting with the next one. So I want it to be a year of trying different things as well as familiar one and to do a couple of challenges. 60 things at 60 with the aim of raising Β£6 000 for the charity Open Doors, serving persecuted Christians around the world, many who live with very little. Would you be part of the adventure with me?

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