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The Famine Blog

Being Led To Become A Leader



By Brien Bell 

Sometimes you just do something because it’s there.

That was me when I was younger. I was the “church kid;” my parents brought me to church when I was three years old, and I pretty much never left. I was there for their worship meetings and their fellowship gatherings. I was there for Sunday school and children’s choir. I was there for the ground-breaking of new buildings, the Eagle Scout projects, and the Easter egg hunts.

For younger me, “doing church” was a whole lot easier to grasp than my faith. When Jesus blessed the little children and said “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15), He knew that children trust and love and do because they haven’t been conditioned not to trust and love and do. I had faith because I knew God through the people of my church community, the people I saw every day, and the work I saw them do.

Growing up at my church eventually led to a growing of my faith, as those people and events and things I’d just done over and over as a child took root in the power of the Cross. And of all those things I did, few had more impact on my growth in the understanding of Christ’s love than the 30 Hour Famine. Five out of my six years in the youth program, the affectionately named Munchies (Jr. High) and CREW (Sr. High), I spent 30 hours in solidarity with people around the world who don’t always get to have a meal before bed or when they wake up. I spent those hours preparing meals to give to those in need in our community. I spent those hours playing games and drawing with chalk on sidewalks and taking naps, because after all I was still a teenager.

I spent those hours in community. I spent them learning, about who God is and how God works — not just through us, but in us. And I spent them watching our leaders, brave souls who, for some crazy reason, wanted to spend their Friday night and weekend shepherding a bunch of hormonal, cranky, hungry adolescents around Sacramento instead of doing, oh, just about anything else.

And that’s part of the reason why I decided to be a youth leader when I grew up.

Graduating from high school in 2003, I could have moved on from my life at church and in faith; some statistics says that as many as 50% of children who grow up in the church end up leaving the church. That would’ve been easy. But I hung around. I wasn’t involved, at first, but I was there. I watched as my younger friends did the Famine, or went on mission trips, or had epic games of whatever you can imagine on the lawn. I watched as they grew up and moved away and left the church. I watched as new youth came in, and left, and came in, and left.

And then something clicked. I was asked to help with our middle school students by our new youth pastor, began in January, went to an event, sprained my ankle, and then couldn’t go back to youth group for the rest of the year. Maybe I would’ve stayed away for good; spraining your ankle on a trampoline your first month on the job might be God’s way of saying “this might not be for you!” But then there was the Famine — and I remembered why I wanted to do this. To be a youth leader and mentor.

I was there for that Famine, five years after leaving the youth program that had ‘raised’ me. I’ve been there for each Famine since. And I’ve never once walked away saying “oh well, maybe something transformative will happen next year.” I see it all the time. Every time one of our students has that “ah ha!” moment during a service project or in TRIBE, I remember why I do this. Why I give up my Tuesday nights and Sunday mornings and Saturday afternoons and 30 hours once a year that I could be eating. And in the 20 years that my church has participated in the Famine, I know that God has been at work throughout it all.

The Famine makes a difference. The Famine invites change, in ourselves, and in the world. The Famine provokes us, challenges us, and encourages us that “the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth” (Isaiah 25:8).

The Famine changes lives — it absolutely changed mine.

NEW site just for students!


IMG_7719Over the last several months, we’ve been dreaming up ways to offer your teenagers something more. And after much prayer, countless conversations with youth workers & students, and a whole-lotta work, we’ve launched a brand new platform for your students to care about the world around them.

Over the years, your students have made an impact on lives around the world. Whether it was through fasting for the 30 Hour Famine, learning about Biblical justice, or raising funds for kids in need, they made an impression.

Lucky for the world, there are other students like them, who also want to punch poverty in the face. Teenagers make up a pretty-dang-powerful group, and we want to be a part of what they are doing!

We’ve launched a brand NEW site for teenagers to do what they already do. Whether it’s sports, art, music, dance parties, Xbox, etc., we’ve found a way for them to turn their passions into something GOOD for others. The will also have opportunities to learn about poverty and Biblical Justice, and advocate for important legislation. Changing the world shouldn’t feel like rocket science.

Check out our new site, share with your group, and encourage them to start something awesome.

Thanks for all you do on behalf of students near & far.

– World Vision’s Youth Team

3 Ways to Help Nepal



3 Ways to Help Nepal

The people of Nepal need your support. Please join us in prayer & rally your students to help Nepal earthquake survivors. Here are a few ways:


– Pray for the families that have lost loved ones and are experiencing deep grief.

– Pray for relief workers who are rushing to provide aid.

– Additional prayer points.


You can set up an online group fundraiser here.

At Church:

– Select a few students to speak at church on Sunday about the disaster, and take up donations after each service. / *Bonus- ask your students to bake some treats that could be sold after service with proceeds going to the Nepal Earthquake.

– Penny wars. This week start a friendly competition between classes, grades, or ministries to see who can collect the most change for Nepal in one week.

– 78 envelopes: Saturday’s quake was a 7.8 magnitude. One of the largest in history. Post 78 envelopes in the church, and ask donors to choose one. The request inside can range from $1-$78. Whatever they pull, they give!

At School:

– Cafeteria take-over: Grab some orange buckets and have students pair up to take donations for Nepal during school lunches. Be sure they’re equipped with stats and photos to share. *Make sure the check with the school first!

– Head to your High School sporting events (soccer games, track meets, baseball games, etc), and set up a donation booth (or walk around and collect donations with orange buckets).  Ask the announcer to send people your way! /*Bonus: Get concession stands involved! Either with a donation jar, or a portion of their sales going towards Nepal relief.


– On Saturday April 25, a 7.8 Magnitude quake hit Nepal right near the Capital city, Kathmandu.

– Around half of the Nepalese population is under the age of 18. 

– Over 3,700 have died and numbers are expected to rise as remote areas are reached.

– As many as 6 million people affected.

– World Vision is addressing the most immediate needs including child protection, clean water, emergency food, household supplies, and temporary shelter.

– Want to give yourself? Donate here.

– Want to mail a donation? Download this form.

38,000 strong


By 30 Hour Famine Team

this weekend will change the world.Starting TOMORROW, 1,500 churches and tens of thousands of teenagers (38,000 to be exact) will have their last meal for 30 whole hours. As one student said last year during her fast: “As our stomachs grow emptier, Jesus grows more abundant.” – Tess Cassidy, Ohio. That is our hope for your group as well.

We thank God for the giving spirit of a new generation of young people. We thank you leaders, volunteers, parents, teachers – all of you – for helping to bring this fire to life for each of your students. We pray for a life-changing experience. That sounds bold, and audacious, but we see it come to life each and every weekend through the 30 Hour Famine.

4 things you need to know for the 30 Hour Famine National Weekend:

1. Right now, text Leader2015 or Student2015 to 44888. // We will be sending out a few updates, encouragements, & photos via text! (They’re fun, we promise)

2. Check out our brand new video playlist & share with your students!

3. Theme-focused bible study! (Video & printable version online)

4. Famine Moment photo contest…send your favorite photo of the weekend to for a chance to be featured in next year’s materials! Hilary (our social gal) will also be living online this weekend and will be on the look-out for #30HF and #30hourfamine, & will be re-posting to our Facebook page!

We ask that you lift each other up in support & prayer, and know that our team is doing the same – along with our colleagues at World Vision! In fact, yesterday during our annual 30 Hour Famine Chapel, your brothers and sisters at World Vision (Seattle, WA) prayed for all 1,500 groups by name.

The Local Church Feeds the Hungry


feed-my-sheepby Adam McLane

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. – John 21:17


I got back to my hotel room on March 27th completely exhausted. I’d arrived in Grand Rapids in the middle of the night– more like “early morning”, gotten a couple hours of sleep, and had a full-day of visiting with people and getting ready for our youth leader training event, Open Grand Rapids. In the evening, running on fumes, I’d hosted a dinner for our speakers before retreating back to my room to catch a March Madness game, hoping to drift off to sleep before a big day on Saturday.

Even though I was exhausted, sitting on the couch in my room wasn’t relaxing. I looked at the clock, I looked at the TV, and I looked at the calendar on my phone. “10:00 PM – Visit Cornerstone’s Famine.” I couldn’t sit anymore. I needed to go.

I hadn’t exactly promised Chris McKenna that I’d pop-in and check out his 30 Hour Famine, but I’d certainly intended to pop-in on him because he’s a friend and a room full of middle schoolers raising money for children around the world is exciting to see for a life-long youth worker.

So I put my coat on and drove 20 minutes over to his church just in time to catch the end of their talent contest. It was instantly worth the drive. There were about 75 middle schoolers laughing and cheering, there was a volunteer upfront dressed in a metallic jacket challenging a 6th grader to a rap battle… one he lost badly. Within a few minutes there was a skit which ended with another group of students lifting a fully grown man above their heads and carrying him out of the room [after they’d spilled water on him] to a Katy Perry song.

Maybe this should have been disorienting? But it was oddly familiar and comforting! Youth ministry at it’s finest.

Within a few minutes, students were dismissed to some free time while Chris’s volunteers transformed their main meeting space for a time of worship. Over the next few minutes I got to catch-up with Chris, fully engaged in what he was doing and having the time of his life.

When the students came back into the room the mode instantly changed as they were lead into a time of worship and reflection. Though I couldn’t stay all night I left Cornerstone that night with the reminder that sometimes, even with middle schoolers, when you fast you are filled and in your hunger you are fed.


This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to travel back to Haiti with our missions partner and a dozen youth workers exploring bringing their students on a future mission trip.

Together, we spent three days driving all over the greater Port-au-Prince area, hearing from local pastors about their ministries as well as opportunities for churches to partner with them. At each stop, pastor told us about all that they do on a weekly basis, from leading worship to visiting the sick to evangelism to discipleship programs… sometimes both spiritually and physically feeding people in the community at the same time.

What was so abundantly clear to me was that these pastors, many of whom I’ve gotten to know over the past few years, are just as fully engaged in what they are doing as my friend Chris in Caledonia, Michigan.

Your Church

Here’s the point. Whether you are ministering to middle schoolers in Michigan or preaching to a congregation in Port-au-Prince… there’s something wholly engaging and FUN about feeding the people of God.

I think, sometimes, particularly this time of year where we start to reflect on the school year– we tend to lose sight of just how much fun it is to serve our Great God on a day-to-day basis.

Sometimes we want our job to be more attractive than it is. There are relatively few days which are truly highlights like hosting a group of visiting pastors from another country or leading the 30 Hour Famine.

But every day, whether ordinary or extraordinary, is a blast when we’re fully engaged in feeding the people.

Feed my sheep. 

Developing a Global Perspective


By Jen Bradbury

Developing a Global Perspective in Your Youth GroupShortly after returning from a mission trip to Rwanda, one of my teens called me in tears. She’d just returned from a bookstore, where she’d noticed less than a row of books about the entire continent of Africa and none about Rwanda. “Don’t people care about what’s going on in other parts of the world?” she asked me.

Another teen, also a participant on that trip, routinely gets upset every time someone refers to the country of Africa, which happens far more than you’d think.

These experiences are evidence of the fact that these two girls have begun to develop a global perspective, something that has deeply impacted their faith. When they read Scripture passages about the poor and oppressed, they understand them differently because they personally know people who live on less than $1 a day. Having glimpsed even just a fraction of the world first hand, they also read Scripture passages about the “world” differently than those teens whose world has only ever been the United States. Having been a confused foreigner themselves, they understand why God routinely calls his people to care for the aliens. Having heard people worship God in different languages, they’ve caught a glimpse of what it might be like to worship in heaven with people from every nation. Having seen black Jesus’, they’re less inclined to believe Jesus is a white man with blond hair.

Of course, all of this is great. But what about those teens who are never able to travel abroad for an international mission trip? How do we help them gain a global perspective? Here are 8 ways you can begin to do so, without ever leaving your local community.

  1. Participate in events that create a global awareness, like the 30 Hour Famine. These kinds of experiences help teens put faces on people who would otherwise be merely a statistic they could ignore. I remember how astounded my teens were the first time we held a famine service in which they blew out candles to represent kids who die daily from hunger. Living in a land of plenty, it had never occurred to them that thousands of children die each year from hunger-related issues.
  2. Incorporate global case studies and examples into your teaching. Teens are curious about topics like war and poverty. So when you discuss these things, in addition to using Scripture, use examples from around the globe. For example, in a recent discussion about war, my youth ministry wrestled with the question, “Why does religion seem to cause so many wars?” As part of this, we learned about the country of Nigeria, which is fairly evenly divided between Muslims and Christians and has, for the last 15 years, been involved in a series of religious conflicts.
  3. Pray for global events. Challenge teens to scan a newspaper, twitter, or Facebook for news about what’s going on in the world. Then incorporate a map into your youth room where teens can stick a pin into a country they’d like to pray for. Regularly lift up those prayers in your youth ministry. Then discuss how your prayers for those countries and places are being answered.
  4. Take advantage of the fads. Remember Kony 2012? For weeks, that campaign had teens talking about the plight of child soldiers. Seize the momentum from viral campaigns like that one and have in-depth conversations with your teens about related issues. In particular, discuss what else – aside from things like putting a red X on their hand – God might be calling them to do in those situations, both immediately and long-term. As part of this, wrestle with vocation and how teens might use their career – whatever it might be – to serve and honor God, locally and globally.
  5. Use your movie nights to show and discuss films about other people and places. Rather than get together and watch something that’s purely fun, watch something you can learn from. If you’re unsure where to start, check out Slumdog Millionaire, God Grew Tired of Us, or Kinyarwanda. 
  6. As a youth ministry, regularly participate in local service events that allow teens to rub shoulders with people from other cultures. For example, my church is located very near apartments where refugees – people who are forced to flee their homeland for fear of persecution or death – are resettled. As a result, our high school youth ministry regularly welcomes refugees to the country on the night they arrive. We show up at their apartment with the bare essentials needed to begin life in America (toiletries, bedding, kitchenware, food staples, etc.) Serving in this way has allowed teens to connect with people from Burundi, Bhutan, the Congo, Iraq, Iran, and Nepal without ever leaving their neighborhood. In so doing, in addition to learning about these people, places, and cultures, teens have also learned how to communicate with people who don’t speak their language, the importance of welcoming others, and what true hospitality looks like.
  7. Partner with churches that serve different demographics than yours. If your church is largely white, find an African American church to partner with. Don’t make this church your project, but rather your partner. Worship with one another. Serve together. Learn from and about each other.
  8. Provide context for what’s in Scripture. As Americans, much of what’s found in Scripture is culturally foreign to us. So provide teens with background information to help them understand the culture and context in which Scripture was originally written. In addition to helping teens better understand Scripture, doing so also helps them cultivate an appreciation for different cultures – wherever and whenever they might come into contact with them.

Cultivating these eight practices with your teens will not only help them develop a global awareness, but will also help them better appreciate, understand, and worship our global God.


Videos, bible studies, and more for April National Weekend!


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It’s hard to believe the 2nd National Weekend of 2015 is already nipping at our heels (4/24-25)! This month alone, ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-TWO GROUPS across the Nation are Making Hunger THEIR fight. That equals more than 44,300 teens giving up food, serving their communities, growing closer to Christ, and raising funds so that others may eat. In April alone! That’s right, you’re a big deal.

As you look over your own Famine weekend checklist, please take advantage of the brand new resources we’ve created just for you & your group including our global, 3-part bible study! (Because everyone loves a good Australian accent, right?)

4 things to know for National Famine Weekend:

1.) Text Leader2015 or Student2015 to 44888. Why? During 30HF weekend, will be sending out fun updates, never-before-seen videos, encouragement, & photos via text! (They’re fun, we promise)

2.) Ello, Mate! Here’s a 3-part bible study: As you may know, 30 Hour Famine is a GLOBAL program through World Vision. We’ve partnered with Famine leaders in Australia, USA, and New Zealand to give you fresh, unique content and discussion questions for your students leading up to Famine Weekend! Start “Week 1” at Youth group this week, and continue through 30HF weekend. (Video & printable version online)

3.) Aside from the video bible studies, we have have 3, new short videos showing you how the funds you raise make a difference. These can be used leading up to your event, and ruing your Famine Weekend!

4.) Say cheese! During Famine weekend, send your favorite photo to for a chance to be featured in next year’s materials! Hilary (our social gal) will also be on the look-out to give your groups shout outs as you reach your fundraising goals! (Just use #30HF and/or #30hourfamine).

We love you, leaders. Thank you for inviting 30 Hour Famine into your student ministry and partnering with us as we MAKE HUNGER OUR FIGHT. You have heard us say this before, but without your hard-earned funds, the Famine is just a nice idea.

Incredible progress is being made to reduce the number of deaths related to hunger. In fact, the number of kids dying from hunger today is HALF of what it was in the 90s. Still, there is much more to be done, but together, we are WINNING THIS FIGHT.

Thank you for Making Hunger Your Fight!

It wasn’t supposed to go like that


By Chris McKenna

IMG_1556After organizing maybe ten 30 Hour Famine events, I have a pretty good feel for how I want things to flow. We have some standard steps we follow every year to ensure an energetic but smooth event, keeping those hungry, tired kids moving as much as possible. This year felt no different. My key volunteers had completed all of their tasks, and unlike other years, we even had the music sets from the band a whole day in advance! (You know those creative types!)

Our Famine was March 27/28 (last weekend!). I’m writing this on Monday, March 30, and I’ve come up with a list of things that didn’t quite go how I had hoped.


Throughout the week leading up to the Famine, I was hearing story after story from parents about conflicts their kids had with sports, band, and life for chunks or the entire Famine event. We’ve never held the event on the weekend immediately before spring break, and I guess everyone else was trying to cram in one more game before vacation. As a result, attendance was down about 20%, and I knew it about 15 minutes into the registration process. I was bummed, because I had INCREASED our fundraising goal by 17% over last year! Initially, my heart sank a bit. I know that every dollar = help for a hungry kid.

Guess what? Those 20% less raised 18% more than last year. That’s God math. Earlier this year I blogged about setting a BHAG (a “big hairy audacious goal”). And, so I went for it when I set our fundraising goal, and HE showed up. And at $35/month, there will be 42 little people fed for a year. Hearts beating! Alive! All from our comparatively “smaller” 30 Hour Famine.


The evening devotion time is the peak of most Famine events. The kids are hungry and vulnerable to God’s promptings. It all flowed in my head, exactly how I wanted it to go. Each of us was holding a candle representing a life saved, forming a large circle around our student room, and then we were supposed to blow them out, participate in a simple station, and sing a couple of closing songs.

But, it just didn’t feel right. As the candles were still lit, it became clear to me that it wasn’t time to blow them out. So we didn’t. We all huddled up in the middle and started singing. No station. Just praising God. The room was glowing and FULL of glorious praise to our King. It was a moment that I won’t forget. Now, I have to be honest – I was vacillating between awe and absolute terror. What could possibly go wrong with 150 middle school students (emphasis BOYS) holding candles in close proximity to each other? My only water source was a damp mop in the corner. Not exactly effective fire safety. Now, I’m not promoting risky evening devotions. And, I’m probably over exaggerating, but it was AWESOME.


I needed something to motivate fundraising. Last year I kissed a cow, so this year had to be big. Bigger than the smooch! In the spirit of 2014’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, we came up with the 2015 “Famine Freeze” and decided to rent a dunk tank. Any kid who raised $250+ got to pick a leader for the tank. We knew it would be cold, but we had no idea it would be 35 degrees. Turns out 22 kids raised  more than $250, so it definitely motivated some additional fundraising! About 15 of my leaders, including me, volunteered to be willing candidates for the tank, which by now was dangerously close to having a thin sheet of ice on top. And, then, the most amazing thing happened. The first 12 middle school kids who earned dunk tank rights picked their high school and adult leaders for the tank. They didn’t pick me! Their relationships were with THEM and not ME! I started youth ministry wanting to be everyone’s favorite. Now I’m WAY OK celebrating when I’m not.

I guess a left-brained, A-type like me needs to be reminded that there is still joy in the unexpected. Even if it wasn’t in my spreadsheet. May each of you experience something unexpectedly wonderful during your 30 Hour Famine!

What’s the Point of Teaching?


By Jake Kircher

What's the point of teaching?There are reasons we do the things we do in youth ministry (or at least there should be): from youth group lessons, to Bible studies, and to broader experiences like the 30 Hour Famine or mission trips. Usually, teaching has something to do with it. We want the teens we work with to get something out of their time with us; something that actually goes with them beyond the church basement and takes deeper root in their souls.

To accomplish that goal, I think many of us need to reassess how we teach and ask a deeper question: What is the whole point of teaching in the first place?

It may seem like an odd question at first glance, but the answer to this question (and more importantly, how we live out that answer) is crucial to reaching people with the gospel, especially in more post-Christian areas.

Take a minute and consider how you’d answer the question: What’s the point of teaching?

To help people understand the Bible?

To understand Jesus’ teachings?

To make sure people know the right way to live? (And then, by association, the wrong way to live as well?)

To challenge people’s beliefs?

These answers are what I would have given a few years ago, and they are by no means bad answers. However, I’ve to come to believe they actually fall short of the ultimate goal that should be at the forefront of teaching.

At its deepest level, the point of teaching in youth ministry is to first and foremost point teenagers toward an encounter, and subsequently into a relationship, with Jesus. It’s to help teenagers understand their worth and value in the eyes of Jesus. This is not to suggest that we never challenge people’s actions or call into question how they are living, but this must be a secondary goal and not where we start.

The problem typically befalling teachers is that we fail to connect our listeners with Jesus and instead connect them to a theology, a denomination, a church or a specific youth group or program. Those things aren’t bad in and of themselves, but when they become the forefront or purpose of what we do in ministry, the result is nothing short of idolatry.

For many, this idolatry isn’t necessarily intended, but we must be more purposeful in our teaching and ask some tough questions about what we’re really winning people to. This is particularly important as we minister to those in a post-Christian culture, specifically the teens in our youth groups and young adults under 30. They have built-in crap detectors (1), and they are the first to be turned off when they feel like they are just a number or a consumer and not people we care for authentically. It’s why people like Julia Duin, author of Quitting Church, told back in 2008 that if things continued to progress as they had been, the church in America would decrease by half before 2023.(2)

Shouldn’t any goal of Christian teaching—whether live, online, or in book form—be to reach people with the message of the gospel and help grow the Church, not one’s individual organization or denomination? James warns about this kind of behavior in his letter to early Christ followers, saying, “If you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For were you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice” (James 3:14-16). When we put ourselves, our organization, our denomination, or our specific theology first in our teaching, we miss the point—and we can be sure our students and listeners will miss the point as well. And worse, it will leave our hungry students wanting more, and they will subsequently fill that hunger with something else that feeds their need for belonging and a real-life experience.

As we work hard to teach our students through the various setting we use in youth ministry, may the number one goal always be to help point kids into a wonderful, messy, fulfilling, and real relationship with Jesus.

(this post is adapted from Teaching Teenagers in a Post-Christian World)

  1. This has always been one of my favorite sayings from Mike Yaconelli.
  2.  Steven Todd, “Post-Church Christians: A Journalist Explores the Implications of Believers Who Are Quitting Church,” YouthWorker Journal (blog), February 10, 2009,

Bring a Few Students to the Student Justice Conference


By Mark Oestreicher, for the 30 Hour Famine team

SJC15-sunset-squareLast year, the 30 Hour Famine team spent some time thinking and praying about how we could provide Famine leaders and student participants with some “next level” stuff. We love hearing stories about students who become passionate about meeting the needs of others (whether it’s hunger, or other issues) as a result of Famine. And it’s for those students that we created the Student Justice Conference.

As much as a “30 Hour Famine Conference” sounded like it might be fun, we really felt you and your most passionate and justice-minded students would benefit from having other organizations, topics and expertise involved also. So we did something pretty unprecedented, really: we partnered with six other organizations to put together the best event we could imagine for high schoolers passionate about justice.

As a result, the Student Justice Conference is being collaboratively planned and hosted by:

  • World Vision (that’s us!)
  • The Youth Cartel
  • International Justice Mission
  • Plant With Purpose
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • World Relief
  • Nazarene Compassionate Ministries

Each of these organizations is bringing the full weight of their expertise, which means we’ll have speakers and seminars and learning tracks on dozens of domestic and global needs.

We know you probably already have your youth ministry summer calendar planned. And we’re not suggesting you cancel camp or a mission trip or something like that. Instead, we’re really hoping you will identify 2 – 4 of your high schoolers that are the most passionate about changing the world, and join us at the SJC this summer (in San Diego, July 30 – August 2).

The website is live, and has tons of info on it (with more info being added weekly). Early registration (really, the costs for this are very low and include accommodations and all meals) is through the end of April. And we want to offer a special deal to get a few more Famine groups at this event: The first 30 groups who use this link (a 30 Hour Famine-specific link) to register will get an additional 20% off their total registration cost.

Seriously, this thing is going to be amazing. And we really hope you’ll join us!