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Hunger and poverty are rampant in our world, and escalating in the current economic conditions. Something can and must be done about them. Our local CROP Hunger Walk is a great place to start. For a few hours and a few miles, friends and neighbors will be coming together to, in the words of 1 John 3:18, ď...love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.Ē

On Saturday morning, Oct. 13, the second annual Lusby CROP Hunger Walk will be held to show our love and active concern for neighbors in need near and far. The participants, ranging from newborns to nonagenarians, will be raising awareness and funds to change the world in real and measurable ways — digging wells that will bring clean water to villages; providing seeds and tools so that people can grow their own food; and helping communities and families rebuild after disaster. Whether itís responding to flood and tornado damage in parts of the U.S. or helping to rebuild earthquake-damaged homes in Haiti, CROP Hunger Walks are making a difference.

CROP Hunger Walk funds will benefit the overall work and ministry of Church World Service — working around the world to help those in need help themselves through refugee assistance, self-help development programs, advocacy and disaster relief. And, itís important to note that 25 percent of what we raise will help S.M.I.L.E. Ecumenical Ministries in its important work here in Calvert County.

So, please mark your calendars and join us, whether as a walker or sponsor. Together — with your family, group or congregation — we can change the world, one step at a time.

You can register online today and begin gathering sponsors at www.cropwalkonline.org. For additional information or to volunteer, please contact St. Paul United Methodist Church at 410-326-4475, ext 10 or 11. Thank you.

Beth Rogers, Lusby

The writer is the missions chairwoman for St. Paul United Methodist Church.