While on the 2011 Study Tour to Burundi, our team experienced a wide range of emotions. There were moments of incredible joy, like playing under a colorful parachute with children; and moments where our hearts would break when a mother would beg us for food for her children. One night though, we witnessed an immense brokenness and suffering as we listened to the story of Domitrien and Innocent. Domitrien, who described the life he shared with his son, Innocent, as “a prison”. We shared their story in August’s blog and today we are humbled and thrilled to share with you an update on their lives.
Meet Carter. He’s a scuba diving, alligator-hunting, hunger-fighting activist!
This down to earth, adventurous Floridian rocked the Famine’s world when he raised an incredible $30,000 in 2011 for the 30HF! That’s the most any student has ever raised in the history of the 30HF. We’ll pause here while you stare at your screen in awe…
New Years always brings the reassuring promise of a fresh start, a new beginning and a do-over. With the New Year right around the corner, the 30 Hour Famine team got to thinking about 2012, the changes we’d like to make and our New Years resolutions. This year we decided to spice it up a bit and share our, err, creative, resolutions with you!
Top ten most wanted Christmas gifts of 2011:
1. iPad 2
2. Play Station 3
3. Xbox 360 Connect
4. Modern Warfare 3
5. 42 inch LED screen in 3D
6. Amazon Kindle
7. iPod touch
8. Garmen portable GPS
9. Canon 12.1 megapixel
10. Apple laptop
Ten days, that’s all it took for my life to be completely transformed. Ten days in the most beautiful countryside, with the most welcoming people, seeing and doing the most unbelievable things. I can’t believe it’s already been over four months since we’ve returned from the Study Tour in Burundi. But even though the rest of the students and I are back home now, our journey is not over. Now we have been blessed with the privilege of sharing the incredible stories we’ve taken from Burundi.
The 30 Hour Famine team-Michele, Hilary, Michael, David and Hilary-wish you a Merry Christmas! Relax, sip some cocoa and enjoy spending quality time with your friends and families. Cheers!
Hey there! My name is Ellie and I’m the 30 Hour Famine intern.
Name: Ellie Hutchison
From: Shoreview, Minnesota
Interests: Fair Trade business, social justice, travel
Fun Fact: I’m a competitive monopoly player
Q: How did you end up interning with the 30 Hour Famine?
EH: In March of 2011 I planned a 30 Hour Famine event at my high school. I raised over $360 which made me eligible to apply for the Study Tour. Every year, the 30HF takes a handful of students overseas on the Study Tour to see how the money they raised is being used to change lives. I was chosen and got to go to Burundi this past August! It was an incredible trip and I would encourage every student to apply. While on the trip, our awesome leader Michele asked me if I would be interested in interning this fall at World Vision. I said yes!
Interested in doing the 30 Hour Famine, but first want to get the low down from veteran youth leaders? Hear from five leaders to learn why they do the 30 Hour Famine, and how they manage a group of hungry teens for 30 hours! With years of famine experience under their belt, Becca, Jared, and Bobby of Cornerstone Poway church near San Diego, are seasoned 30HF experts. They agree it’s their best event of the year. Read on to also hear from Jonathan and Mansel of Clovis Hills Community Church in Clovis, California and learn about their unique experience with the 30HF.
Growing up in the church, I’ve always been around ‘Christian-ese.’ I’ve heard thousands of sermons and they often seem complex and repetitive. Let’s bring it back to the basics. No fancy talk. God loves us, and there is nothing we can do to earn that love. Today I hope you soak in the simple, crazy reality that God loves you, just as you are.
White Man by the Michael Gungor Band