I recently posted about World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine at our church’s youth group where the leaders & students were to take part in fasting for 30 hours in order to raise money for children who are malnourished and in great need of help.
Everyone started fasting on their own while still in school (or working) at 12:30PM on a Friday. We gathered together at 6PM. The first night was pretty low-key. We were able to learn what hunger does to a child by watching a few videos as a group. It opened up our eyes to many things that we don’t understand in our own day-to-day living. We had some alone devotional time (I would read a verse and would ask questions for them to ponder when they went off on their own as they re-read the passage to themselves). We prayed to the Lord to help those who are suffering around the world and to cry out to Him to be there with them. We also got to participate in a few games. The gist of the time we had together was that we were to put on identities as refugees from various countries from the Horn of Africa and West Africa. Each person may have also had a handicap (such as loss of eyesight or hearing to not being able to have full function of their hands or a broken leg. We ended the night with the building of a refugee camp (which we built two).
In the morning, it was great fun to watch how the male leaders woke up the boys’ side of the “refugee camp” by singing worship songs. It wasn’t too pleasant for a few of them, but I was up for a couple hours by then so I was laughing (sorry to the guys who really wanted to sleep in longer). We continued to play various games and get a small idea of what life is like for many, all while going without breakfast and eventually lunch too (so by then it was 24 hours without food for us). I was really proud that I didn’t hear one complaint from the students. Sure we heard grumbling stomachs, but that was to be expected. We had more videos to watch and more alone time with God. We didn’t do a service project this time around because it was the first time for many of our students and even some of the leaders to go without food for over a day. Next year we are arranging a service project. We had a lot of free time to be able to have fun and connect to one another, which was really nice. The games were really powerful lessons for many of us!
To break our fast at 30 hours, Rob led communion for our group. We then got to enjoy tasting delicious emergency foods that World Vision creates to help revive people back to health as they enter countries and villages dealing with starvation. We saw many students and leaders go back for more because it was really good (especially the Plumpy Nut). We all had pizza together and had such awesome conversations including learning how the event impacted and changed the minds and lives of our leaders and students.
Now, I know you may be wondering the following:
How much money did you raise and where is it going?
We decided to give our money to Zimbabwe through World Vision. Here’s why:
“Zimbabwe is burdened with extreme poverty compounded by political strife and natural disasters. In recent years, government mandates have caused hundreds of thousands of people to be plunged into homelessness and chronic hunger. And in 2007, massive flooding hit northern Zimbabwe, resulting in widespread displacement. World Vision provides assistance for nearly 70,000 sponsored children in Zimbabwe. Their development programs throughout the country include HIV prevention and care, water and sanitation, and refugee assistance at the Tongagara Refugee Camp.
• Life expectancy in Zimbabwe is just over 39 years — the fourth lowest in the world
• More than 1.3 million Zimbabweans (10 percent of the population) are living with HIV or AIDS, and more than 1 million children have lost one or both parents to the disease
• Zimbabwe’s HIV prevalence rate is among the world’s 10 highest
• More than 72 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day”
We raised $2085!!!! Thank you so much to all those who donated both online and through giving checks to our students! It was really a blessing to know we raised more money than our goal! Thank you for your hearts in wanting to help those in need! If you’d like to sponsor a child in need as well as help their family and community, sponsor a child through world vision here. You can also help the hungry by giving World Vision money here.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.“ -Matthew 25:34-40