We had such an incredible response to our Feed the Hunger event. For four hours, 350 young people packaged meals. We were moving all day, working really hard, and we got 75,000 meals prepared for the food banks.
Only one news crew showed up. We thought that was sad. You had 350 kids in Spokane, Washington taking care of people that were hungry, and the news crews had something better to do? I think not! I think that they missed the ball on that.
We weren’t doing it for media exposure, but the community needs to see that young people are acting in a positive way. These kids definitely didn’t come to be on TV, yet they’re doing such a special thing. That needs to be known.
This country needs to see that young people are no longer going to be uneducated. They will respond when a crisis hits. They’ll hear about something like the suffering after the earthquake in Haiti, and they’ll respond. They won’t sit there and say, “We never knew that this was happening.” They’ll say, “We know what’s happening, and we’re here to help with that. We’re going to fix that. We’re going to love our neighbor as ourselves.”
The Bible was written to bring complete peace to the world, by teaching us to love God and our neighbor. There’s no law against love. You cannot love somebody too much. You can’t go to jail for loving somebody. No one can hate you for loving somebody. No one’s going to be able to do that. The Bible is a fulfillment of peace, that’s what it is.
And so these kids, loving their neighbor as themselves, need to be known. The human traffickers need to know about them. They need to know that these kids have made up their minds and said, “We’re not going to sit back and accept that the chocolate industry is slaving out our kids. We’re not going to be okay with that. Because that’s a lack of respect for humanity, and that’s not how we love our neighbor. And the only way to bring peace to this world is to love our neighbor as ourselves.”
People need to know about the devastation of hunger, and lack of water, and lack of homes. And above all people need to know that our kids are no longer standing for it, and they’re going to fight it. This generation is going to be the generation that does what it takes to bring about a worldwide peace. People need to know.