Craig teens went hungry to change the world

On Feb. 23-24, 23 young people from First Christian Church changed their world as a part of World Vision's 30-Hour Famine. Students raised hundreds of dollars, which will be used, through World Vision, to make a difference in the lives of many of the world's neediest kids.

During the 30 hours in which no solid food was ingested from noon Friday until dinner on Saturday participants learned what it's like in other parts of the world where children don't have enough to eat.

The students spent their time learning about world issues and found ways to serve their community. At one point during the weekend, 30,000 beans were spilled on the floor as students watched. The youth were told that each bean represented a child who had lost his life in the preceding 24 hours due to hunger or preventable medical problems. A single bean was then picked up and it was pointed out that the students could make a difference between life and death for at least one child, and probably many more.

Before and during the 30-Hour Famine, participants asked family, friends, and neighbors to sponsor them with pledges as they went without food to identify with those who are hungry.

Through videos, games, special events, and involvement in local community service projects, they learned about hunger and what they can do to help.

The funds raised during the 30-Hour Famine will be used for both emergency relief efforts and long-term development projects in countries such as Tanzania, Peru, and the United States to help break the cycle of hunger and poverty.

The group spent the night together at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse. They spent time in prayer and in learning exercises. They also had fun playing games and swimming.

Early Saturday morning, the kids hit the streets of Craig to volunteer their services. Various types of work were performed. One group went to the Advocates-Crisis Support Services Office and helped straighten and organize a storage room. Another group went to one of the five Group Homes in Craig and painted one of the rooms. Several groups just hit the streets and shoveled driveways and sidewalks. Some young people spent time at Valley View Manor visiting some older folks.

One resident needed help moving out of her apartment, so one team helped move her possessions. Another group went to Sunset Meadows volunteered their time cleaning up, taking out the trash, and shoveling snow.

"The experience gave our young people a whole new appreciation for those who are less fortunate It also clearly demonstrated that teenagers can and do make a positive difference in the world," said John Graler, youth minister at First Christian. (Submitted by First Christian Church.)

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