Revolve Girl: Emma’s Story


Hi, my name is Emma.

I’m a teenager and I live on the east coast.  This summer, my life was completely transformed. Looking back on my life at this time last year, I was a completely different person. I had never heard of Revolve, and I had certainly never heard of Burundi.  I now realize that God was laying out an amazing plan for my life, without me even knowing it.

It all started back at my home church when we began fundraising for World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. The 30 Hour Famine is a unique experience which allows you to learn about and experience hunger while making a difference.  It was the perfect opportunity for me to put my passion for fighting hunger and poverty into action.  That spring, I went to Revolve in Reading, PA.  At Revolve, my friends and I were able to hear from World Vision speakers, watch informative videos, and have personal conversations with World Vision workers.  At Revolve, the speakers also mentioned the Study Tour.  They described the Study Tour as an incredible opportunity for students who participate in the Famine to travel and see firsthand how the funds are transforming lives.

At the time, it sounded like an amazing opportunity, but never one that I would be able to experience. I doubted that anything that special could happen to me, and as a result, didn’t give it much thought. However, as the weeks passed, I found myself reading about the Study Tour, watching YouTube videos from previous years, and even talking to my youth pastor about it.  For some reason, I couldn’t get it off my mind.

I was certain I wanted to apply after I participated in the 30 Hour Famine at my church.  I wanted to take that experience to the next level and see firsthand how the funds are affecting hunger-stricken communities.  I prayed about my decision, and eventually decided to go for it.  So I sent in my application, which included a video, form, and references.  I didn’t expect anything to come of it, but knew nothing would happen if I didn’t give it a chance.

As it turns out, I was one of 9 students selected from across the country to go on the Study Tour to Burundi, Africa.  A dream which I had never even imagined would come true, and was now unfolding before my eyes.

Now, a few months since the Study Tour, I think about the trip every day.  Being able to meet the children, visit sites in the community, and experience a glimpse of what life is like for the people of Burundi was an unforgettable experience.  And even though it’s been several months since Burundi, my journey continues.  It has been a privilege and an honor to be able to share stories of the people of Burundi.  Trust that just as God has done amazing things with my own life, He also has an amazing plan for yours!

Much love,

This post was featured on The Revolve Tour’s blog a few weeks ago and we thought it was so awesome, we wanted to share it too! Revolve is an amazing event for teen girls; awesome music, honest messages, drama and more! The 30 Hour Famine joined Revolve on the road earlier this year and loved getting to know the incredible individuals on tour. To find out where they’ll be in 2012, check out their tour calendar!