Sweetwater students go hungry for 30 hours

Wars and natural disasters dominate the world’s daily headlines, but behind the scenes and far from the spotlight, 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. More than 6 billion live on the planet. One in six will go hungry tonight.Why so many? 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. When it does, there’s no supermarket or food bank they can turn to. Others can barely afford food despite their best efforts. Either way, hunger is anything but yesterday’s problem. For 1 billion people, it’s a problem right now. But world hunger is 100 percent preventable, and teens from The Salvage Yard, the student ministry of Emmanuel Fellowship Church, are ready to help.This coming weekend, Nov. 23-24, they will set aside the usual “stuff” that fills their daily lives. Instead, they will do World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine by going without food and getting a taste of what the world’s poorest children and families face every day. Leading up to the event weekend, students have raised funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raise can help feed and care for a child for a month. This Saturday, they will also be doing some other hands-on service projects right here in Sweetwater in order to make a difference in their own community.Funds raised by 30 Hour Famine participants help feed and care for children in communities in need around the globe through World Vision. A portion of the funds raised assist families in need in the United States. Famine funds contribute to World Vision’s response in areas where famine, conflict and other crises make children vulnerable to hunger and preventable disease. Since 1992, 30 Hour Famine has raised close to $150 million, representing countless lives saved. World Vision works in nearly 100 countries, helping approximately 100 million people every year. If you are interested in helping EFC’s youth ministry fight against world hunger, you can contact Loran Rule at 236-9200 or by visiting their online fundraising page at http://30hf.worldvision.org/goto/TheYard.