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The Famine Blog

Be Flexible

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Nikki Myers, 30 Hour Famine team

study tour postI had my first grey hair when I was 9 years old. No lie. It’s unclear whether this was a direct cause of stress, but my family would argue so. To say that I worried a lot as a kid is an understatement. Each time we drove to a new place I was convinced we were lost. When the refrigerator got a little sparser than I felt comfortable with, I feared we were out of money, out of food, and soon to be out of house. When a sports team lost I would cry because I worried they would get in trouble by their coach. My family tried to assure me- we weren’t lost, I just hadn’t been here before. We still had some money- mom and dad just hadn’t been grocery shopping. And well, some of us will just never be competitive.

I still struggle with worrying about things. I have taken this to the Lord and asked for peace, which He is often gracious with, but I also know I have a tendency to take control, to over plan and to think too much. Thus, flexibility is not my strong suit. However, as I prepare to lead this years’ 30 Hour Famine Study Tour, I impress the importance of flexibility to our team. We had our first team video call today and there were two big takeaways. 1. Be flexible and 2. Leave your expectations at home.

Neither of these are easy things to do, let alone when you go to another country…with new people…and not a lot of idea of what you will be doing. However, there is a certain level of excitement with flexibility because it creates space to let the Lord work, to be surprised and amazed.

That is one of my prayers for our Study Tour team this year. The agenda is intentional and very full, we will be meeting incredible people, visiting food and community projects and hearing stories about how efforts like 30 Hour Famine have helped improve the lives of families and children. We are a small group with the privilege to see World Vision’s work in the field and with that comes the responsibility to report that information back to you. A responsibility we don’t take lightly. And so, we will be coming back with stories told through blogs, pictures and videos. But we will also leave space for the surprises, for the unexpected adventures. As I think back to my time last summer with Team Ethiopia it was some of those unexpected moments that stand out so strongly and I am excited to leave space for that on this trip as well. To be flexible, to be open and to see how the Lord uses this trip for each student (If you haven’t read Abby’s story from Team Burundi already, you should!)

Thank you for joining us on this adventure and we would covet your prayers for safety, unity and spirits of flexibility. Follow 30HF on Twitter and like us on Facebook to stay posted and follow along on the trip!

Motivate for Results

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

By Tess Cassidy, college student

tess2Every year in my youth group, there are students that walk up with a check of $30 written by their parents. They’re meeting the baseline fundraising goal of 30 Hour Famine, but nothing more. This can be disappointing from the fundraising standpoint, but we should all be excited these youth are participating regardless of the reason, right?

So much focus of the Famine is on the actual 30 hours. This is important because this is the part that transforms students’ lives. This internal transformation can’t be overlooked, but the global transformation through fundraising can’t be overlooked either.

So how do we motivate students to not only look forward to the 30 hours but to get excited about fundraising and making a global impact?

I have a bit of a unique spin on the Famine: not only have I been a student experiencing the 30 Hour Famine, but I have also been the student leader for my youth group 3 out of the 6 years I have participated. I’ve been on both sides: being the student that leaders had trouble motivating and being the leader troubled with motivating students.

So how exactly do we get students to get fired up about fundraising? Even though I am passionate about the 30 Hour Famine and World Vision, I still struggle with fundraising. It can be uncomfortable and awkward. This can easily discourage students even if they might want to fundraise. As leaders, we have to be intentional about motivating!

The first, and easiest way to motivate students to get excited is for you to be enthusiastic about the 30 Hour Famine. Talk about the Famine in front of the entire group as well as talk to individual students. (They have a better chance of reacting if you specifically go out of your way to target them.) In order to be the best role model possible, you need to not only be enthusiastic, but also be actively fundraising yourself.

Second, use 30 Hour Famine’s resources to help motivate. Throw a Famine Kick-Off Event. Show video clips from Famine’s YouTube channel in the weeks leading up to your Famine event. Show students the impact a dollar has in a world of poverty. Have Famine veterans in your group talk about their experience and the impact we all have the ability to make. Another option is to find out if there is a Study Tour participant (like me!) nearby to come and share how they visibly saw the change your funds are making (contact Nikki Myers, the 30 Hour Famine Outreach Coordinator, for more information).

Competitions or rewards are an excellent way to get students engaged and interested in fundraising. Get creative! Set a group goal first, then brainstorm with your group about how you’ll reach it? Maybe you have a prize or reward if your group hits your goal. This year one of the leader of one of the top Famine fundraising groups committed to her group that she would kiss a pig on the snout, in front of all of them, if they reached their goal. Yup, she ended up kissing a pig.

Fundraise girls versus guys or tribe versus tribe. (This would mean signing up for tribes when students register for the 30 Hour Famine.) My youth group chose girls versus guys: whoever raised more got to sleep on the comfy furniture in the youth room; whereas, the losing group had to sleep in another room on the hard floor. If you choose to compete in fundraising, create an incentive for the winning tribe as well as individual tribe fundraising goals.

To keep tabs on the girls versus guys competition this past year, we started a paper chain around our church fellowship hall. There were pink and blue links each worth a certain small dollar amount. The students could keep track of who was winning as well as the whole congregation—buying a link for their side of choice! This not only inspired students to fundraise on their own, but it also got the entire congregation involved.

To inspire tribe or gender-group morale, designate a few minutes at each weekly youth group leading up to the Famine to allow each tribe to meet and brainstorm fundraising. Students can encourage each other, hold each other accountable, as well as come up with fundraising ideas to implement as a group.

Whatever you choose, MOTIVATE your students! Every aspect of the 30 Hour Famine is great, but don’t forget the main reason we do it: eradicating world hunger one dollar at a time.

Continuing the Famine in College with Famine for One

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Abby Lewis, Student at UCLA

abby lewisMany people can look back and pinpoint the moment when their life changed. For many, that moment includes high school graduation or wedding bells or the cries of a newborn child. For many, that moment occurs well into adulthood. For many, that moment is joyous and celebrated.

My “moment” occurred four years ago. I was crying hysterically in the back of a van in the hills of Burundi. I was 16 years old.

I first went hungry six years ago. My youth group was doing the 30 Hour Famine, and I signed up by default. I had participated in all my youth group’s events and this was going to be February’s event. I raised the obligatory $30 and came to the event ready for a fun weekend with my friends. However, I soon learned that my fun weekend with friends was going to be more challenging than I thought. Just a few hours after arriving, my stomach started growling and there was no food in sight. I hadn’t eaten in eight hours and I was ready to do just about anything for a big bowl of pasta. Finally it was time for bed. I grabbed my sleeping bag and was headed up the stairs to the youth room couches when I was called back down. A room was opened and our “shelters” were piled up in a corner for us to grab. That night I “slept” in a cardboard box. Throughout the next day, I was tired and sore from sleeping on the cold floor. I kept fixating on how hungry I was and that in turn, made me feel hungrier. I found myself wondering why I was going hungry at all.

It all made sense to me after we made a visual representation of why we went hungry for the weekend. We put our handprints on paper representing the number of children who died each day from preventable causes, like hunger and malnutrition. We had been learning statistics all weekend, but I had probably been too focused on my own hunger to hear about others’. However, after imprinting 5,800 handprints on a length of paper that wrapped around the entire sanctuary of my church, I paid attention. Each handprint with five fingers represented five children under the age of five who would die THAT DAY. 29,000 children under 5 died of preventable causes such as hunger or malnutrition during the short time I went without food.

It shocked me, and I immediately felt the need to do something. That’s when I realized the reason why I was going hungry. It was to create awareness about the enormous issue of world hunger that was largely unknown to most of the members of my community. After breaking my fast (with a big bowl of pasta), I felt energized to do something. Within the week, I told everyone who would listen about my experience and what was going on worldwide and raised another $150. This was the birth of my passion to end world hunger and it only grew from there.

Two years later, I was given the amazing opportunity to travel to Burundi on the 30 Hour Famine Study Tour, which is designed to show student fundraisers like me how the funds are being allocated abroad. While there, I saw how the money raised by teenagers in the US and elsewhere is used for food, healthcare, education, clean water, and community development projects in struggling communities abroad. I witnessed unimaginable poverty and suffering alongside indescribable happiness and resiliency. I saw up close and personal stories of triumph and success stemming from the money that was raised by young people like me.

As we piled into the van to leave one of the communities, I laid my head in my lap and sobbed. I wanted so passionately to make things better for these communities. In this moment, my life changed. I knew that I would never again have the opportunity to be ignorant to the plights of those around the world that suffer everyday from such simple things like hunger. I knew that I wanted to devote my life to helping people who are suffering under the snare of poverty. I knew that I had found the passion that would define my life.

Going hungry changes you while changing the lives of others. My first Famine experience raised awareness about the 29,000 children under 5 who died from preventable causes like malnutrition each day of that year. That number has dropped to 18,000 in recent years due to efforts like 30 Hour Famine and individuals of all ages taking part in the fight to end world hunger. I have seen the progress firsthand and my sincerest wish is that our generation lives to see the day when no child dies from hunger.

As a college student, I want to continue being actively involved in making a difference. And that’s where Famine for One comes in. I can change the lives of others by participating in World Vision’s newest program, Famine for One. I’ll fast, raise awareness, and raise money to make a difference in the lives of children who suffer from hunger. If you’re a youth worker leading 30 Hour Famine, the new Famine for One is a fantastic opportunity for your college-age students, especially those who did the Famine as teenagers, to continue involvement!

Learn more about Famine for One here, and pass this link along to all your past Famine participants.

Abby is a student at UCLA studying International Development. She has raised over $10,000 to help fight hunger through World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine youth program and has traveled with World Vision to Burundi. She now speaks at conferences, churches, and schools on behalf of World Vision to help spread the word about the fight to end world hunger and encourage engagement. 

Still Hungry After All These Years?

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

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Matt Williams

So, our youth group has about 9 months until our next 30 Hour Famine.  Normally, we would not even be thinking about the Famine for another 6 months.  But when we do our 2015 Famine, our youth will, God willing, celebrate some milestones during the event.  So, we have been contemplating ways to mark these milestones when we do the Famine in February.

One idea we had to mark the milestones is inviting all of our youth group “alumni” who did the Famine to return for some activities and our closing Eucharist service.  The 30 Hour Famine we do now was started and shaped by the young people that began it fifteen years ago, so they should be with us to celebrate.  Just think, the young lady who introduced the idea of sleeping outside in cardboard boxes as part of the Famine could come back and share her Famine experiences with the middle school students spending their first night in a box.  Or the blessed few who have been on a World Vision study tour could come to share how their experiences shaped the people they became ten years later.  The “Famine Reunion” seemed like a good idea, but I was not sure if the alumni would be interested.  After all, they are in college or working jobs all over the country.  Would they come back for a Famine with youth they didn’t even know?

So, I floated the idea with a few people.  Some were college students back home for the summer, and some were young adults working in nearby states.  And the resounding answer was YES!  They loved the idea of a reunion with a purpose, and the chance to encourage today’s youth group in their Famine.  But even more interesting was the question that many of these youth group alumni asked: if I come, can I do the Famine too?

How exceptionally cool is that?  They didn’t want to just come back to see old friends and reminisce… they wanted to once again do something to fight global hunger.  They liked the idea of looking back at what they helped to accomplish, but they also wanted to look forward and tackle the work that remains to be done.  These 20- and 30-somethings still had the hunger to do something about hunger.

While I don’t know exactly what our next Famine while look like, I know we will be inviting our youth group alumni back for the event.  And whether they come to the event, or just get re-connected through Famine for One, I am gratified to know that their passion to do something to fight hunger from their youth group days still burns in them now.  It is just more evidence that the Famine changes lives…but in this case, it is the Famine participants who remain changed!

Introducing Team El Salvador: Study Tour 2014!

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

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Study Tour Season… what our team looks forward to year-round. We love having the opportunity to ‘meet’ so many students through application videos, skype calls, and reference letters. We hear how the 30 Hour Famine experience has inspired you to want more…to see more, and do more for those in need! Thank you to everyone who applied. It is encouraging, humbling and so (extremely) difficult to narrow it down to only a handful of students. We were so impressed by your passion, intelligence, compassion, video skills, you name it!

The Study Tour, now in its 23rd year – is an awesome opportunity to learn firsthand from local community members and come away with a more holistic understanding of global hunger and poverty — and how we can become even stronger ambassadors for the poor.

After much prayer & discussion, we have selected the students for this years’ Study. Without further ado… We give you… #TeamElSalvador!

Paige Rouse, Clemson, SC

Fun Fact: She plays 3 instruments! Mandolin, piano and violin (for 9 years!)

Michael Falbo, Norwalk, CT

Fun Fact: He’s terrrrified of Spider (We can’t guarantee there aren’t any in El Salvador, though!)

Haley Stanley, Dobson, NC

Fun Fact: She’s a sucker for corny jokes! (This one’s for you, Haley: What did the baby corn say to the mama corn? “Where’s pop corn?)

David Lorenz, Hinsdale, IL

Fun Fact: He coaches a youth league basketball team in his free time!

Beth Hoffman, Glen Mills, PA

Fun Fact: She cringes at the word: tissue, raw, moist and scalp. (I can guarantee the team is going to have a hay-day with this one come august!)

Lizzie Franklin, San Dimas, CA

Fun Fact: She loves to surf and has swam with dolphins and seals!

 

Broken Shells

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

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By Brian Mateer

I live with my wife and four daughters in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.  As the weather warms and the season changes to spring and summer, many people in this region travel approximately five hours to the beaches of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Like many other families, the Mateers loaded the minivan and headed to Myrtle Beach, SC for a week over spring break.

The temperature was wonderful for the week reaching the mid-seventies, but the water was too cold for us to enjoy.  Much of our days consisted of building sand castles, flying kites, walking the beach and collecting shells.

My daughters’ favorite way to spend their time was by collecting shells.  Each one wanted to bring home a shell to her classmates, teachers, grandparents and friends.  As we walked down the beach with their sand buckets, I was looking for the perfect shell without blemish.  They on the other hand were just gathering shells left and right.  My head was on a swivel as all four came running and saying, “Look at this one daddy!”

I would look at the shell and say, “That’s nice!” all the while thinking “That’s just a broken shell.”

With each broken shell going into a bucket I began to soften.  Their infectious wonder, amazement and enthusiasm began to rub off on me.  I began to wonder and be amazed.

“I wonder how old this shell is.”

“Could we be the first humans to see and touch this particular broken shell?”

“How much of God’s creation will remain unseen to humans for its existence?”

“The colors and layers of this broken shell are truly amazing.”

In January 2013, I was honored to have the opportunity to go on a youth leader “Vision Trip” with the 30 Hour Famine team to Zimbabwe.  We had the opportunity to meet children that benefited from funds raised by teenagers that participated in the 30 Hour Famine.  We also met children along the way that did not have this vital support.  The contrast between the two was striking:  lifeless eyes versus bright gleaming eyes, blank stares verses big grins, lethargic standing or sitting versus chasing bubbles and soccer balls.

By participating in the 30 Hour Famine we have the opportunity to give the gift of wonder, enthusiasm and amazement.  Teenagers make a real difference in the lives of real children, giving opportunities for children to wonder in the simplicity Jesus spoke of in Mark 10:15:

‘Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

I invite you to wonder and be amazed.  I invite you to do the same for others.  Really, that’s what Doing the Famine is all about!

Sponsor a child? What’s that got to do with the 30 Hour Famine?

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

By Emily Capes 

How Sponsorship Works

I love it when I get inspired in ways that I don’t expect.

An older woman approached me at church last month. Her name is Sarah; she is 78 years old and has the sweetest smile. Sarah moved down to our town in the past year to live closer to her sister, Shirley because they are both widows now. The two of them drive to church every Sunday together. They are both less then 5 foot tall… and I love seeing them care for each other each week.

Sarah is the type of woman who is not afraid to try new things. She jumped into many different ministries as soon as she joined our church last fall. I love that she is currently signed up to help with VBS and is so excited about working with children.

Sarah’s Sunday School class participated in our church-wide Lenten reading of a book called “A Place at the Table” by Chris Seay, which challenges individuals to “say yes” to people who live with less.

Sarah was so moved by the stories of sponsored children in this book that she couldn’t wait to inform me one Sunday that she wanted to sponsor two sisters in Peru. This past February she donated money towards our teenagers when they participated in the 30 Hour Famine—so she knew that I could help her with World Vision Child Sponsorship. Sarah felt very strongly about sponsoring two little girls because of her own close relationship with her sister. She doesn’t have a credit card or a debit card. So we figured out a way for me to help her start the process with World Vision.

I contacted World Vision the next day and actually found out that you can’t always sponsor siblings because they want to provide help to more families at one time. But we found two sweet girls for Sarah to sponsor and she is now attempting to write them letters often and build a relationship with them.

I have been involved with World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine for the past 18 years as both a participant and a leader. I believe in what World Vision does around the world and want to help bring change to the children, families and communities by raising money and creating awareness. I encourage my youth to learn about what World Vision is involved in and find ways to continue making an impact outside of our 30 Hours.

But I had never talked to our youth or congregation much about child sponsorship. I had never asked my church to participate in a Hope Sunday. (Hope Sunday invites members of your congregation to consider sponsoring a child through World Vision.) I honestly almost didn’t think about it much, or I figured most people have been inundated by needs of others and if they wanted to sponsor a child, they could look up how to do it on Google!

After Sarah stopped me and was so excited to sponsor two children, I decided to figure out how to best offer other people in our congregation the opportunity to sponsor children through World Vision. Having my youth fast for 30 Hours is a very important part of what World Vision does, but there is so much more we can do as youth ministers to involve our entire congregation in changing the lives of children.

I am so thankful for Sarah. For her energy and her determination to keep changing God’s Kingdom through service and giving… and for helping me remember that there are people who want to help in new ways—they just need to be giving the tools to do so.

We hosted a Hope Sunday this past Sunday at my church and we have sponsored seven children so far. Next year during the 30 Hour Famine, I’m planning to ask my youth to sponsor a child with their families and build letter writing and prayer time in for our sponsored children.

I’m sure many of you have offered child sponsorship at the same time as the 30 Hour Famine or at some other point during the year. I’d love to hear how you do it at your church!

But if you haven’t—maybe this year give it a try! Check out Hope Sunday or you can direct people to the online sponsorship page.

Run With Me and Save Lives

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Nikki Myers, 30 Hour Famine Staff

Chicago-Promo2-300x300In high school I used to beg my mom to write me a note to get out of the Friday mile run in PE class. There were few things I dreaded more than those 6 laps on the hot, uneven, asphalt-paved parking lot. Sometimes she sent me to school with the note (err, thanks mom?) and sometimes she didn’t (probably the right choice, mom). All that to say, this next statement is a shocking one, one I never in a million years would have thought to utter…

I’m going to run a marathon. 

Yup, a marathon.

26.2 miles of asphalt.

“Why?” you might ask. My mom sure did.

Because there are 783 million people around the world who do not have access to safe water. Because more than 1,600 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by unsafe water.

In the States our days start with water—with showers, flushable toilets, and a cup of coffee. And then we go about our days, working and going to school, because time isn’t spent having to fetch water from a source four miles away. Water that would most likely make us and our families sick because it is contaminated. Our lives would be so different without this necessity of life that flows out of most of our faucets every day.

With 30 Hour Famine, we talk about the necessity of food for those around the world and its importance to the lives of children and families. Food and water are intricately related. And so I’m running the Chicago marathon with Team World Vision on October 12. Every mile I run that day, I will raise $50, which is what it takes to provide clean water to one person for life through World Vision water programs.

And… I would love for you to run with our team. Are you ready to take on a challenge that will change the lives of 26 people ($50 per mile = 26 people get clean water) forever? A challenge that would probably change your own life as well?

We would love to have you join. If you are interested then go ahead and click here.

If you think this is crazy talk, here are a few arguments to combat what you might be feeling right now…

“I am not a runner and have never run a marathon before!”

Me neither. I do not consider myself a runner and neither do the 80% of people who run with Team World Vision. We can all be new in this together.

“At 50, this was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. The support of Team World Vision made a marathoner out of a non-marathoner.” -–Mike from NC

“I’m terrified of the challenge.” Yup, me too. But we are going to build a community across the miles that we can use to support each other through the training. We will celebrate the good runs together, rant about the bad and help keep the focus on kids who need clean water.

“I don’t know how I’ll raise $50 per mile.” Don’t worry, we’ll give you fundraising tools to make it easier. We bet you know enough people who will be inspired by your challenge and the cause and will donate.

Ready now? My colleague Katie and I are starting a team within Team World Vision of Famine alumni (students and leaders) and college students who want to provide clean water by running the Chicago Marathon. Once you join our team, we’ll add you to a Facebook Group where we’ll be encouraging each other.

Need more convincing? Email me and I will be happy to talk to further!

 

You are you because of others

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Nikki Myers, 30 Hour Famine team

_L102234This last week I had the opportunity to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu speak about leadership. Each sentence was a sound bite of humility, leadership, love and challenge. Beyond being an absolute inspiration and so full of wisdom, he has the sweetest, most contagious laugh you can imagine (no really, look it up ☺). I couldn’t take notes fast enough. He spoke on the idea of living a life that is beyond you. A life where you live at your best so that others can as well. His idea was this… a person is a person through other persons. You are you because of others. We copy the best attributes of others to be the best version of ourselves.

This isn’t a totally new idea, but for some reason when put this simply it felt different and it has made me think about my own life. I think about the people that helped develop who I am today- my passions, my interests, my spirit. They were people that I admired and watched, liking who they were as people and attempting to copy those attributes for myself.

Part of who I am today is because of people across the world from me. Children that I have shared a game of soccer with, blown bubbles and sang songs with, even the kids I attempted to awkwardly dance in front of. Children that had an inexplicable joy that I wanted to replicate. Children that knew nothing of greed, road rage, and accumulation. But they did know a lot about hunger, about sacrifice, about caring for others. They knew about the faithfulness of the Lord and the value of hard work. These children, who I will likely never see again, helped shape/form/create me. I am me, because of them.

I think about how much this relates to your role as leaders to young people, and in particular to the 30 Hour Famine. I am going to venture to say that these children have helped shape you and your students too. The children that we aim to serve through doing the 30 Hour Famine have a way of speaking into who we are. Their plight helps us be more generous, more aware, passionate about injustice, and obedient followers of Christ as we care for the poor and oppressed. I was at a Famine event last weekend and through those 30 hours with the students I saw the best of them come out. As they thought of these children and heard their stories, they realized that these children were also created in the image of God their hearts were broken. They grew in compassion, in grace, in the drive to do more. You are you because of others.

As you move on to summer activities and put your Famine folder away for the next 9 months or so please remember those that we serve. The attributes that they reflect that you want to copy; who they make you. If you haven’t already, remember to send in your funds because they mean so much to the lives of children and families around the world. Because just as you are you because of others…others are themselves because of you.

Return and Reward

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

By Tash McGill

iStock_000019200541Small “You’ll get what you give.”

“You’ll get back out what you put in.”

“You’ll reap what you sow.”

“You get what you pay for.”

There are lots of ways that we imply that action or investment should generate a return or reward. That philosophy underpins many of the daily interactions and decisions we make.

It’s not just about how much effort we invest in something, but also how much effort we invest in people and relationships. We reassess our commitment and friendships when we feel like we’re giving it more than the other person. We determine the priority of tasks in our work days based on how much it matters – or, what the consequence is (lack of return or reward) if I don’t get it done.

Mostly, society has accepted this principle at large as a pretty normal way of being. Society isn’t often wrong, right? Except, well – except in a bunch of cases.

Like charity, or in what it takes to be a hero. There’s a conflict of storyline going on between what it takes to be a hero and how society tells us to make decisions about where we invest ourselves. What it takes to be a hero, or a good human – is the willingness to invest without return or reward.

Willing to lose it all. 

Stepping into a fight, prepared to take a pounding. 

There’s a lot of stuff in life you can renegotiate, put on hold, come back to later when the investment feels a little easier. But a hero responds regardless of the ‘timing being right’.

So we skew the storyline and make it all about the good feeling you get when you do the right thing, or the even better thing. We all need to be better humans – so we sell the return and reward story again, to make it about the good, good feelings.

You’ve probably just completed the Famine with your group. You’ve got some fundraising followup to do and then you’ll be running into the next big activity or plan. The good feelings won’t last long. How could they last long enough to get you through all you’ve got left to do.

But there’s another story. Heroes are born out of habit, more often than not. So the investment you’ve made in sacrificing food or technology for 30 hours, organizing those sleepovers and fundraising – it’s building a habit. A habit of being a better human.

Habits last longer than feelings. Habits get you through when feelings of motivation fade to feelings of exhaustion.

So I pose to you: you’re getting just the right kind of return and reward for your efforts. You’re getting a habit of not needing to get what you give, just of being a better human. That’s awesome, because we really, really do need more of you.