30 Hour Famine

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Does your ministry participate in the 30 Hour Famine? Our group has been doing it for many years and it always proves to be an extremely impactful event. I believe nothing brings a group of students, or anyone for that matter, into tight community like a service oriented event. This one does it!

The beauty of the 30 Hour Famine is it helps students take their eyes off of themselves and onto the many in our world that are in desperate need. With 29,000 children dying each day of hunger and hunger related causes it can seem overwhelming and may cause us to think there is nothing we can do, but there is, and the 30 Hour Famine is one of those things.

If you have not considered being a part of this incredible event I encourage you to give it a look.

If you have done the event what are some ideas, programs, activities, etc. you have used? Does your group do a service project? If so, what have you done? It would be great to share ideas here!

7 Responses to “30 Hour Famine”

  1. Anonymous Matt Wilson 

    The most powerful activity that I ever did with the 30 Hr. Famine is when I was in high school.

    My youth minister gave our group 2 hours to pick up as much trash from whatever part of town we wanted to go (we had a chose with the chaperones there). When we came back he had us put out all the garbage we collected. The garbage varied from little piece of paper and bottles to tires, pieces of wood, etc.

    He then told us to build a shelter out of the trash we collected. Alot of groups couldn't do it. The ones that could weren't very good.

    It made a powerful impression on me.

  2. Anonymous Brian 

    Wow, what a cool excercise!

    A couple of times we have had our group walk through the mall and observe people's actions and attitudes in regards to their prosperity, as well as observe people's actions and attitudes in regards to the needy. We also had them all walk through the food court. That was difficult and yet very powerful!

    In our debrief they all shared what the observed and felt. It made for a very good discussion. It was particularily hard for them to walk the food court seeing everyone eat (and waste) so much food knowing that they could not have any. To many in this world that is exactly what the face each day.

  3. Anonymous Chad Nall 

    Would those of you who have done the 30 Hour Famine mind posting a typical event schedule that you use. I'm considering doing the one in April. What kinds of things do you encourage the kids to do to raise the money? What do you do during the 30 Hour fast? Do you do a lock-in or overnight event? Do you do a one-day ministry project? What do these weekends look like?

  4. Anonymous Brian 

    Here is what our schedule looked like last year...

    30 Hour Famine
    February 25-26, 2005


    7:00 Arrive / Register

    7:20 Leave for City Wide Rally

    8:00 - 10:00 - Rally

    10:30 - Group time to discuss expectations, motivation, scheduule

    11:00 - Bed time


    9:00 Wake Up

    9:30 30 Hour Famine Powerpoint Quiz

    9:45 Worship

    10:00 Personal Devotion Time

    10:15 Prayer

    10:30 Leave for Service Project at Northwest Children’s Outreach

    11:00 - 1:30 Service Project

    2:00 Break/Prepare for Workshops

    2:30 - 3:00 Child Sponsorship
    3:10 - 3:40 How The Famine Helps
    3:50 -4:20 World Missions

    4:25 - Debrief

    4:45 - Church wide Missions Banquet (students share about their famine experience)

    6:00 - Break-fast!!

    We distrubute the fund raising packets about a month prior to the event and have students share with their families, friends, neighbors, etc. what they are doing and ask for their financial support. We then have the students bring all their collected money to the event so we can total it up and share with the students how much was raised. It is always excited to see how much was collected!

  5. Anonymous Chad Nall 

    Thanks, Brian. If you don't mind, could you send me a copy of the packet you use. I'm still trying to get my mind around this thing and the best way to do it. I've been praying and wanting to challenge our students to think more globally while also serving locally. How much time did you give for the fund raising and how did the students raise the funds?

  6. Anonymous Brian 

    Chad, the fund raising packet/materials are provided by World Vision. I am sure they would be happy to send you all that material. We spend about a month, prior to the 30 Hour Famine event, doing the fund raising. Students simply approach their family, friends, neighbors, etc. and share with them what they are doing and how the money helps. People then donate whatever amount they would like to. World Vision also provides donation receipts, as all donations are tax deductable.

    The 30 Hour Famine truly is a great way to have your students begin to think globally as well as serve locally. If you haven't yet been to the 30 Hour Famine web site I would encourage you to do so. It's at http://www.30hourfamine.org. You will find LOTS of helpful information there.

  7. Anonymous Tim 

    I actually just posted my 30-Hour Famine materials from last year on my blog under "Resources." It's my schedule and the small group Bible studies I wrote on "Feeding on God's Word" about how to study the Bible.

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