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Area Church of Christ teens will participate in 30 Hour Famine, June 28-29

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On June 28-29, area Church of Christ teenagers will participate in the annual 30 Hour Famine, forsaking food for 30 hours to get a taste of what the world’s poorest children and families face every day.

Prior to the event weekend, teens raise funds by explaining that $30 a month – just $1 a day – can feed and care for a child for 30 days. Energized with compassion rather than food during their fast, 30 Hour Famine participants gather as groups and consume only water and fruit juices, focusing on activities like hands-on community assistance by coordinating food drives, serving in soup kitchen, or assisting in homeless shelters.

Funds raised by 30 Hour Famine participants help feed and care for children in poverty-afflicted countries around the globe. 30 Hour Famine funds contribute to World Vision’s response in areas where famine, conflict, and other crises make children vulnerable to hunger and preventable disease. Last year, 30 Hour Famine raised $11.6 million around the world. This year’s goal is $12 million. World Vision works in 100 countries, helping approximately 100 million people every year.

Right now, 852 million people around the world don’t have enough to eat. Chronic poverty, affecting half the world’s population is a root cause of hunger. Nearly 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day. Annually, more than 10 million children under the age of five die from disease and malnutrition as a result of hunger.

The connection between HIV/AIDS and hunger is even more heartbreaking, especially for children. People affected by HIV/AIDS are often less able to grow or find food to eat. In sub-Saharan Africa 12 million children have been orphaned.

Visit www.30hourfamine.org or call 1-800-7-FAMINE for more information.

— Information submitted by Patrick Luse, youth and family minister,   League Street Church of Christ, www.lscoc.org

 

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