Do you remember the old folk tale “Stone Soup”? Hungry people in a poor village hoarded what tiny scraps of food they had, unwilling to share. But then an inspired individual built a fire in the center of town and started cooking up a large pot of “stone soup”—just a stone boiled in water. As the curious townspeople watched, the impromptu chef stirred, then tasted the “soup.” “Not bad,” he announced thoughtfully. “But it would be much better with a little salt.”
One woman decided she could spare a little salt. When the soup-maker tasted it next, he declared it really needed just a bit of onion, which another villager agreed to contribute. One by one, individuals gave carrots, potatoes, turnips, other vegetables, and even a bit of meat. Before long, everyone in town could eat their fill of a fine soup—soup that none of them could have made alone.
That story makes an important point: the sum of our gifts is much more than we could ever do or imagine alone.
The task of feeding and ministering to the hungry children of Asia Pacific is an overwhelming task—but not when we all give from what God has given us.
Some provide the basic ingredients: money, clothing, or medicine.
Others season the effort with fervent prayer.
A few give of themselves to go and serve the children in answer to God’s call.
And God himself gives the increase.
Thank you for giving what you have to make “ALO soup.” Together, we can feed Asia’s hungry little ones—with a heaping helping of love.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others” (1 Peter 4:10)