This week we kicked off the World Vision 30 Hour Famine that we will be participating in for the second year in a row. Every day over 25,000 under the age of 5 die from starvation and hunger related diseases that are preventable. World Vision is working to put an end to this. With funds received through the famine and through child sponsorship, World Vision is able to go into villages, give the residents education, help clean up their area, give them clean drinking water, teach them a trade, and most importantly share the gospel of Jesus. Only $1 will feed 1 child for 1 day. The cup of coffee I bought yesterday cost more than that! We read in James 2:20 that faith without works is useless or dead. If we are truly saved by the blood of Jesus and are seeking a relationship with Him, then we can't help but do good works to share the love of Jesus with others. Bono has made the following quote: "God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them." The band Leeland has a song based on this quote and James 2:20 called Follow You. God is everywhere, but if we want to be closer to God then we need to follow Him to where there are hurting people.
February 26-27, we will fast for 30 hours to gain a little understanding of what hunger is. Students will get sponsors to raise funds for the famine. Last year we raised $1447 which fed over 4 children for an entire year. Our goal is to nearly double that this year and raise $2800, which is very feasible. Please pray for the students as they raise funds and as God prepares us for this weekend. I know that God is going to do a great work in this ministry.