30 Hour Famine

By , May 20, 2011
Last month our youth experienced an eye-opening event that challenged both the heart and the stomach. The 30 Hour Famine started after lunch on Friday, April 8th, and for the next thirty hours, the youth of St. Paul’s went without food.

Yes, teenagers who never stop eating went without food, and they all did it without a single gripe. Much of our time was spent playing “TRIBE”, a game in which each student took on the personality of a real child in Haiti whose life was changed in last year’s earthquake. Through the five rounds of this very serious game, students faced different challenges that point us to the real struggle for survival that many children face every day.

We also spent Saturday afternoon volunteering at PIVOT Ministries in Bridgeport. The youth painted fences and washed cars right alongside recovering addicts. Then we followed these men to the streets where we prayed for many in the neighborhood.

To break our fast, we celebrated Eucharist at 6 PM, and then we literally ate breakfast as our first meal in 30 hours. It was a powerful experience.

On a practical level, all the youth raised sponsors for this event. All proceeds went to World Vision, a Christian organization that meets the needs of starving people around the world.  We went hungry so others could eat, and our youth raised over $3,700 for this cause — enough to feed 10 hungry children for a year!

Praise God for how he moving among our youth. They are learning how to advance his Kingdom in power of the Holy Spirit both locally and across the world.

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