It’s Not Fair

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

It's Not Fair - It's Not Fair in MalawiYou work late hours too many days in a row. Parents calling wondering why you aren’t choosing their son or daughter to be the lead in your youth band. Sunday school, camp, and Wednesday night youth group to plan … oh yeah, and be everywhere at all times. It’s not fair.

When I was young, “it’s not fair” meant my big brother Tim had something that I didn’t… and I wanted it. He had some cool toy that I wanted. Badly.

Working for the 30 Hour Famine, “It’s not fair” has taken on a whole new meaning.

A toy. Only now it’s a different toy. It’s a toy I saw on a trip to Zambia in 2010. A dirty, mud-caked stuffed animal that was once a prized possession of a 6-year-old girl who died as a result of poverty. Absolutely preventable. I have to be a part of the solution. My passion for the 30 Hour Famine is that no mother or father in the world should grieve from needlessly losing a son or daughter.

You and me… together we are the solution. That is written on a Famine T-shirt that I have. Maybe you have one as well. It’s true. When you hold a 30 Hour Famine event, you join me in saying, “It’s not fair.”

Here’s the good news. God loves us. All of us. You, me, a 6-year-old girl. Why are there things in this world that aren’t fair? I wish I had an answer. Does it mean that God doesn’t love us? Absolutely not. You and me … we both are testaments that God loves us. We love the crazy middle and high schoolers that we serve. If that’s not proof of God’s love, I don’t know what is.

And there’s more good news. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. What you do by raising money for the Famine is literally helping to save lives. In the past 20 years, the number of deaths related to poverty (including hunger) has dropped by over 50%. One person who dies from hunger is not fair, but what you’re doing is literally saving lives.

Thank you for all that you do to stand up with us on the 30 Hour Famine team and say, “It’s not fair. I’m doing something about it!”

Dan Berggren

Dan Berggren30 Hour Famine Marketing Manager since April 2012 (At World Vision for 18 years!)

Favorite Food: Sri Lankan egg hoppers (look it up)

Pet peeve: slow drivers in the fast lane (move over people!)

What I’m praying about: generosity