Six Lessons from a first time famine-er


Let me start by saying: I have been with World Vision for 23 years and with the 30 Hour Famine program pretty much from its start. I have encountered almost every Famine related job, task, or question…and have even been blessed to go on a few Study Tours. I had done it all… except for one major thing. 

Actually doing the 30 Hour Famine.

Typically on Famine weekend I visit churches around the country to see how they do their Famine event. But this year, I had the opportunity to participate with my home Church.  It was AMAZING!

Our Famine group had 12 students participate. Several of them were new to the group, which was exciting. Like most groups, we started off Friday with some worship, prayer, and a game or two of Tribe. My first time actually playing! What an experience!

From here, we hopped on the church bus and went out to help a family in need of a move. At this point we had been without food for over 24 hours and were on very little sleep; needless to say, lifting heavy furniture was a huge mental and physical burden for us. I remember wanting to move a bit slower… not lift as much. I had to fight to keep my attitude positive.

Then it hit me.

This was what is about. This is what children experiencing hunger do every single day.

I knew I had a church potluck to feast on in merely six hours, and it was still difficult! My issues were a bad mood, their issues are survival. Talk about impacting.

When all was said and done, I spent some time reflecting on my first Famine experience. Here are the top six things I learned in those 30 hours:

  1. All juice starts to taste the same after about hour 12.
  2. I saw students truly grow closer to God and to each other.
  3. Middle School boys can really stink up a youth room overnight.
  4. World Vision really does provide everything you need to put on a successful Famine.
  5. There is an immeasurable joy that overcomes me when I actually see students understand global poverty and become motivated to do something to change it.
  6. We can and will change the world.

I can’t wait for next February.  I’m not sure where I will land, but I will never look at a 30 Hour Famine event the same. Thank you SPC Youth, for changing my life.

David is the longest Famine Team member-he’s got about a decade and a half on everyone else on the team! David is a California native and heads back as often as he can to escape the Washington rains. A not so well known fact about David? He graduated with a degree in Animal Science from Fresno State University. David is actively training for his first marathon & loves running with his gorgeous lab, Beau, (who usually has to head home after a few miles).