Changing Lives One Kid at a Time

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

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Wade Rutter, Study Tour Participant

Who knew that a simple high five with a kid could change your life forever? Certainly not me. Of course, it does help that this particular kid lives halfway around the world!

I met Tetcho on our first expedition to meet a local farmer in Ethiopia and hear his success story. At the beginning, I was paying very close attention to everything the farmer was telling us, but as we walked around, many kids such as Tetcho could be seen running through the fields to see this group of foreigners.

I remember us walking towards a river to hear about irrigation and how World Vision had helped the farmer learn better farming techniques, and as we were walking I spotted Tetcho and some of his friends lined up to watch us pass by. I looked at them and signaled them to put their hands out, and as they did, I ran by and gave them all high fives!

Apparently high fives aren’t too common around there because they all started laughing immediately… course, they could’ve been laughing at the goofy look I had on my face when I did it.

Now, I guess that one high five wasn’t enough for Tetcho.

We made it to the river and as I turned around, there’s Tetcho wanting more high fives! So, I knelt down and gave him another high five… and another… and another. Eventually this evolved into a game of some kind of deformed patty-cake!

The whole time this was going on, Tetcho was giggling his little head off!

And then, out of nowhere, a lot of the other kids wanted to start doing something similar to what we were doing! So they went to me and other team members and started playing! I think his joy was a little contagious.

About a month or two ago I asked myself why I did the 30 Hour Famine. To be honest, I really wasn’t all that sure. I knew what I was doing would be for a good cause and that it would be a great thing to do with my church! What a great way to bond with the youth, right?

Wrong.

God answered my question on August 5, 2013 when I met that little boy Tetcho. God showed me that I was doing it to give kids a fighting chance in life and overall, I did it because it’s what God calls us to do!

Matthew 25:31-40 says, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

I did the 30 Hour Famine because ultimately I’m serving God! What about you?