By J. Merritt Johnston
Executive Director, Baptist World Alliance Women

As the parent of three children with specific tastes, meal planning can be a challenge at my house. But truth be told, my kids have never been in a situation where there was no food to eat. In a land of plenty, there is space to be picky.

But in 1 Kings 17, we see that meal planning was a challenge for one mother for a far more difficult reason – one that is not unlike the situation mothers face in various parts of the world every day. In fact, from 2019 to 2020, the number of undernourished people grew by an estimated 161 million, a crisis driven largely by conflict, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic.