Friday, April 17, 2009

30 Hour Famine

This weekend the youth will be participating in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine.  This is a time where we commit to fast for 30 hours to gain a little understanding of what it means to be hungry.  Leading up to this time the students have been raising funds for World Vision where $1 will feed a child for 1 day.  Here are some of the startling facts about poverty in the world:
- Each day over 26,000 children under the age of 5 die from preventable diseases such as malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, 
    and acute respiratory infections.  That is about 1 child every 3 seconds that dies and around 9.7 million children each year.
- More than 840 million people in the world don't get enough to eat.  That is 1 in every 7 people on the planet.
- In the last 50 years, 400 million people worldwide have died from hunger and poor sanitation.  That's three times the number of 
    people killed in all wars fought in the entire 20th century.
 - Of the 6.6 billion people in the world today, 2.1 billion live on less than $2 per day.

We learn from Jesus in Matthew 25:31-40 that we are to take care of those who are less fortunate.  We are called to be the hands of feet of Jesus and this is one way that we plan to do that.  

I ask that you pray for our youth ministry and everyone involved in this 30 Hour Famine this weekend.  My desire is that God will show up in a mighty way, and that we will never be the same.

If you would like more information about this you can go to www.30hourfamine.org 

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