In an attempt to learn what the less fortunate must endure, several members of the youth group from Cross Creek Community Church will voluntarily go without food for 30 hours this weekend.
As participants in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, the students will not only be without food, they will also raise money, knowing that for every $30 they raise, they can help feed and care for a child for a month.
As part of the famine, participants will raise money and participate in a three-hour car wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Cross Creek Community Church, 370 Carverton Road, Trucksville.
Hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of more than 20,000 of the world’s children every day. Nearly 1 billion people go hungry every day. With more than 6 billion people living on the planet, that means one in six will go hungry tonight.
For some families, the only food they have is whatever they can grow themselves. One drought or flood can wipe out a year’s harvest and, when it does, there are no supermarkets or food banks to help.
Laura Sarnak, administration assistant at the church, who, along with Lora Troy is coordinating the local famine, says it’s just “amazing” that the youths are volunteering to participate in the famine. “Some are a little nervous about having to fast,” Sarnak admitted. “But, they’re willing to do it anyway.”
The youths will begin their fast after lunch on Friday afternoon, then will converge on the church at about 6:30 p.m. Friday where they will remain until 7 p.m. on Saturday.
At the church, participants will separate into tribes, representing other countries. There will be events set up to simulate challenges of people in other countries, such as trying to find food and clean water.
A worship band will entertain during the evening and participants will build their own refugee camps out of cardboard boxes. Each tribe will have a corner of the chapel to build its own village.
“The hope is that the kids will understand what it’s like for those who don’t have as much as they have,” Sarnak said. “I know, my own kids have so much and don’t understand how much other kids don’t have. I’m hoping this will open their eyes to families who are struggling, not only in other countries but right here in our own country.”
Sarnak said that, even though the participants in the church event are younger, they are still able to help.
“God calls on us to help others,” she said. “These kids will learn what it’s like to go hungry. By going hungry themselves, they will experience what it’s like for kids without food.”