Today we welcome Leah Swindon, the new National Director of the 30 Hour Famine! With 4 months on the job, Leah has already shown herself to be a fearless & passionate leader with a huge heart for students, youth leaders, and the poor around the world. Today, Leah shares some of her heart for the 30 Hour Famine and what you can expect in the coming months and years.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
This verse has been on my mind, and as I have been thinking through my first post as the National Director for the 30 Hour Famine, I’ve found myself reflecting on it again and again.
There are so many things to share in regards to our program that I will use more opportunities to blog and update you. “Our program” is a very specific callout here, and in a simple way, that phrase defines my vision for 30 Hour Famine program. While the Famine has a long and global history, there are new opportunities in the way we communicate that will allow us to have more of a sense of community.
In our Famine community, I am very much like many of you. I have a full time job, wonderful spouse and kids, and I am the youth leader at West Seattle Christian Church. I balance the excitement and overwhelming sense of being very humbled at the opportunity to lead this small group of students. At the same time, I occasionally wonder how it will all get done.
In those moments, I lean back on that verse. We are His handiwork….what a gift it is to know that. God is so amazing, to bring us as youth leaders to a place where we can work with His children to bring hope and health to even more of His children. In a way that only God can do, He has also brought us together to learn and grow as a community of youth leaders and pastors who are united by our passion in caring for His children.
Over the next few months, you will see and experience our team reaching out in new ways to you. We’ll be offering you additional opportunities to connect with each other and join our efforts to work as one team throughout the country to engage and challenge our students. During that time, know that I am right there alongside you–experiencing many of the same challenges and blessings as we share in “doing the work He prepared in advance for us to do.
In Christ’s name,
Questions or thoughts for Leah? She’d LOVE to hear them! Just leave a comment!