As a class we discussed the contents of Exodus 16. If you’re not familiar, it’s the chapter in which God sets up the manna system. This manna comes on the other side of the community’s complaints about being hungry 15 days into their journey from Egypt. It’s here that God helps them address hunger in their community by providing what they need, but there’s a catch, it's only enough for that day. God prohibits them from taking more than what they need, and this is an incredible lesson for the community. Fearful, hungry, and self-reliant community members take more than what they need and this leads to a hunger epidemic that we see contemporarily. In our world today it is estimated that 1/3 of all produced food is wasted, and in the U.S. alone, on average, an individual will waste 20lbs of food per month. If that's not enough to disturb you; In the U.S., a whopping 40% of all food produce is wasted. We are taking more than what we need and people are going hungry, this is the consequences of not learning the lesson God teaches this wilderness community.
So I’ve challenged the class to come up with ways that they can reject food waste, practice faith in God for daily provision, and love others by using God’s provision responsibly. They created keynote presentations and presented them this morning. Student presentations are always a good time :)