John is the Famine


When John went to Bolivia on the 2010 Study Tour, he was amazed and excited to see similarities from back home in the sustainable farms that had been created with the very Famine funds that his youth group raised! See what he has to say about the Famine experience that inspired him.

During the 30 Hour Famine I felt… humbled. It made me realize that 30 hours is a minor burden to bear, considering I knew I had a good meal coming at the end of it all. I thought about people who had also been fasting around the world, but not by their own volition, rather because they had to.

The most difficult hour of the Famine was… 5am of the second day. It was bitterly cold outside (low 30’s) and my group had chosen to sleep outside in a cardboard box city. I had frost on my nose, I was tired (I hadn’t slept well) and I was very hungry.

I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world… as I sat in our circle during the candlelight vigil and thought about the staggering fact that a child dies every 7 seconds, simply due to hunger.

 I broke the fast for the 30 Hour Famine… with a big pancake breakfast after the 11 o’clock mass! Almost all the congregation was there with the group, and it made me so proud to have accomplished this challenge.

My advice to someone thinking about doing the Famine is… to take it seriously. It’s cliché, but this is one of those things where you get out what you give into it. If you don’t participate in the games or think about the ideas presented, it’ll feel like a long, miserable, pointless 30 hours, when in reality, it’s a starter-step in the right direction.

Learn more about John here.