30 Hour Famine

behungrytitlec.pngOn March 14th & 15th, our church youth group (Donna and I are the leaders) is doing a fund raiser to help feed starving kids. It’s a 30 hour hunger strike type deal, and the kids are gaining sponsorship to send money to feed some of the 29,000 kids that die every day. This is a pretty nifty idea, and significant for a couple reasons:

  • The teens are actually quite excited about this. Teens excited about something worthwhile is generally considered a good thing.
  • Our church, which is still shaking off the shackles of legalism, separatism, extreme fundamentalism, and several other funky isms, is stepping a bit out of their comfort zone. I think this is a very good thing, not only because of the actual good the funds will do — but because I think it’s a healthy thing for our church. Yay for teenagers making a difference on several levels. 🙂
  • World Vision seems to be on the up and up. Here is the Better Business Bureau’s review of the establishment. (Also, here is another link, from Janiece, that shows info on World Vision. Her link has prettier graphs. 🙂 ) I don’t claim to be an expert, but I haven’t found anything that stinks.
  • Feeding hungry kids. Yeah, I’m good with that.

Just to be clear, World Vision is a Christian organization. Their humanitarian efforts seem to be quite legitimate, however. While I’m certain their Christianity isn’t made a secret — it does appear that actual humanitarianism is their goal. By that I mean, I don’t think the group forces (or attempts to coerce) people to adopt their views before feeding them. If anyone knows different, please tell me, because that would be messed up.

I’m not soliciting funds from my readers, mainly because that’s just not how I roll. I also realize this is a cause that might not fit into the “where I want my money to go” category for many of my readers, because it’s a Christian group. I get that, and I really don’t want anyone to give money to something they’re not comfortable with so as not to offend me. Really, I’m not offended.

Here’s what I would ask though: If you think teenagers raising money to help feed starving kids is a noble and worthwhile “thing” — please drop an encouraging comment. Not eating for 30 hours is going to be tough on them, and I want to have some encouragement ammunition. I’ll be sure to read any encouraging comments to them.

Lastly, if you really do want to send our group money, I won’t say no. I mean, I don’t want to roll that way either. 😉 Our goal as a group is to get $360 in sponsorship, because that will feed one child for a year. Yes, it seems like a low goal — but we’ve never done ANYTHING like this before, so we would rather far exceed our goal than to fall short. You know, morale and all… If you want to send something other than comments, just drop me an email and I’ll get you my address. My email address is shawn shift-2 brainofshawn dot com. (uh, shift-2 being the @ symbol)

Thanks for reading!

UPDATE: Janiece brings up an interesting point in the comments. We are consulting the local doctor’s office in order to make sure we are properly addressing health concerns. I’m not sure if we will have a medical professional there the entire time, but we will make sure to follow the guidelines the doctors give us. Plus, it’s a small town, and we can call the doctor at home in pretty short order. We do have juice and water available at all times, and at least one of our participants is diabetic, so will be eating as appropriate, but still participating. (We also don’t penalize the kids if they can’t make the whole 30 hours, although they will have to offer a refund to those folks that sponsored them individually for the whole 30 hours.)

7 thoughts on “30 Hour Famine”

  1. Shawn, I’m in. Feeding the hungry is good thing, regardless of who’s doing it.

    Where do I send the check, and who do I make it out to?

    P.S. This fasting is being supervised by a medical professional, yes?

  2. Awesome. 🙂 Thanks Janiece. I did update the post, because you raise a VERY important point.

    (Address info is coming your way via email, and the check goes to “World Vision”) Thanks again!

  3. “For I was hungry and you fed me…” How great! And to fast as well, as a reminder of what so many people in our own country and around the world feel every day. You’re right, going hungry will be tough. Kudos to you and to all the kids participating. Let me know where to send the check.

    A good point from Janeice. One of the reasons she’s a “smart chick.”

  4. I did this too as a teenager (yes, I went to church as a kid). I think we went 24 hours, at camp. During the fast, we played a long role playing game based on world events where we could earn points – more points at the end meant more food at the post fast dinner. Some kids naturally earned far more than others. However, at the end the leaders sat everybody down and asked if that was the ethical thing to do – and the group decided to redistribute the points equally, and everybody got the same at the dinner. One of my fonder memories, actually.

    Yeah, let me know where to send the check. And tell the kids they are doing something worth while, and in fact may actually change the course of someone’s life. It is often the smallest things that make the biggest differences.


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