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December Update

FACT: One in 9 people in the world don’t have enough to eat.
FACT: To be “officially” categorized as undernourished, you must be in a state of not being able to acquire enough food for one full year.
FACT: A child in the world dies from hunger-related causes every 11 seconds.

But still we have hope.

HOPE: There IS enough food in the world to feed everyone.
HOPE: The total number of hungry people has been steadily dropping over the last few decades.
HOPE: There are people like you, like our youth, who are committed to creating a hunger-free world!

Last month, our youth, many of their parents, and confirmation mentors participated in the 30 Hour Famine, a program of World Vision to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief. Through fasting for 10, 20 or 30 hours, we physically experienced hunger while learning about the issues related to hunger through different challenges. Following each activity, we took time to reflect and turn to the Bible for more examples of hope.

Shelter Challenge – Scavenger Scramble: Where would you go if you had to leave your home?
New York, Montreat, the beach, anywhere with my family

Water Challenge – Endurance Waterfall: What do you think about the lack of safe drinking water in many places?
The next big war will be a World War for Water – AJ

Economic Challenge – Karatina Market: Why do you give?
There is a fine line between doing something/giving because you want to and because you want recognition. – Ann Harper

Education Challenge – Swahili Dodgeball: How would you feel if you couldn’t go to school?
Without school my life would be an empty shell. – Isabelle

Health Challenge – Clinic Crisis: How do you take care of the weak?
Try not to judge them. – Luke

Food Challenge – Rice Relay: What does Matthew 25 mean to you?
God is very clear on what is expected of us – we are called to serve others!

During the day, they also helped load and unload over 300 Thanksgiving food bags for the Athens Area Emergency Shelter, made 70 lunches for Our Daily Bread and raised $200 for A Heart for Korah, a community in Ethiopia. We broke the fast with a lovely family style meal in Fellowship Hall. Thank you to everyone who participated.

During this season of Advent, may we not only have hope, but also actively work to create a place where all of God’s people are hunger-free.

Kim Ness, Director of Youth Ministries

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