Tools for the Journey
- a cardboard box
- a few rules
- a budget for your food storage
The Church as provided guidelines to help it’s members to become more self-reliant. Along with budgeting, living within our means, paying honest tithes and offerings, savings and taking care of needful things first, it as also instructed it’s members to have a store of food, water and other essential items, such as fuel and clothing to feed their families in the case of emergency.
When we think of the word ’emergency’ we often think of blue flashing lights and sirens, major earthquakes and floods, but, thankfully, most of us will not encounter such things. However many of us will encounter the lost of income, either due to the loss of employment or ill health and many of us believe, falsely that we would be able to ride the storms of life if these things were to happen.
The Trussell Trust, UK now operate 445 food banks across the UK. The Trussell Trust provide, through donations, food and essential items to people who are in need. They are not the only organisation providing such a service to those in need, who are people like you and i, but who, because of circumstances beyond their control have found themselves unable to provide food for themselves or their families. We need to not be so blase, to believe that it will not happen to us, it might.
The Lord’s Way
‘We encourage Church members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings. We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.’ (All is Safely Gathered in, pamphlet, 2007)
We have been asked to do the following –
- Build a three month supply of food that you eat on a regular basis. One way to do this is to buy a few additional items each time you shop for groceries.
- If circumstances allow, store clean drinking water.
- Build a financial reserve. Save a little bit, often.
- Build a long term storage of food items, such as wheat, white rice and beans, that can be stored for up to 30 years.
To do list
- get a box, about 40 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm (approximately, if you are in the UK think crisp box)
- prayerfully decide how much you can afford to spend on your food store
- make a list of food items, start with breakfast, then add lunch, dinner and even snacks, this will be your master list.
- work out how much you would need of each item, for a week, a month and then three months
- buy one of more items for your food store each time you shop, plan a head what it is going to be
- if you can only afford one item at a time, it is still worth doing
- don’t forget to rotate items so they do not go out of date
- store what you eat and eat what you store.