(Act 11:27-29 KJV) And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
(Proverbs 29 also read)
If you are involved in a church that believes in missions then you probably just went through a push for the Thanksgiving offering for missions. One of the things I noticed from Biblical examples is that we seemed to be getting things backward. Later in Acts you will see Paul taking a collection on the mission field for the home church in Jerusalem. We tend to get it backwards. Another reversal is that in the Bible the missionaries seem to work to support themselves and the pastors are to be supported by the church.
Here we see another example of how the church has historically reached out to help those in need. The reason that might be a good reminder is the current state of the world. We are hearing all kinds of forecasts of shortages and famine. If it is as bad as it sounds then there will be little we can do for the masses in the third world but we need to be aware of our neighbors and community.
So? If you have an aversion to the term “prepper” then just think of yourself as building a personal food bank for the hungry. A worst case scenario is that you will keep people from starving. A best case scenario is you will be able to be generous. Win/Win.