Students Go Hungry to Feed Others

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Valerie G. Lowe

Students in the United States and
abroad not only turned down their plates to fast during World Vision’s
latest 30 Hour Famine, they also helped raise money for starving
children in other countries.

In late April, participants fasted for
30 hours, performed community service projects such as feeding the
homeless, cleaning up shelters and giving care packages to hospital
patients. Some students even slept outside to try and duplicate the
experience of young people in impoverished nations. Partakers also
raised money to donate to World Vision’s efforts to end child hunger
and build wells in nations around the world.

At press time, the total amount of
money raised was unknown, but organizers were hoping to collect $12
million as a result of the famine. Since 1992, students worldwide have
raised more than $130 million for the project.

But for some kids, saying no to food
was a challenge. “I wanted to open their eyes so their compassion for
the hungry would increase,” said youth minister Ross Runnels, of Canoe
Creek Christian Church in St. Cloud, Fla. He said it was important for
students “dragging their heels” to get involved with the famine. 

                   Students are sacrificing by:

» Fasting for 30 hours       » Sleeping on sidewalks

» Feeding the homeless    » Making care packages

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