What does teamwork mean when it comes to the Kingdom?


30 Hour Famine team

Leah Swindon, National Director, 30 Hour Famine

This is a bold question to answer, so rather than trying to give a “one size fits all” response, I thought about how this pertains to the 30 Hour Famine team and how we work with all of you as partners.

For us, teamwork means:

Stretching and then stretching some more.  We love flexibility, but even in the truest sense, muscles break down before growing back stronger.  Our team has learned that being good enough is never good enough. Why?  Because we are passionately united when it comes to taking on global hunger.

Having genuine relationships.  We LOVE connecting with youth workers. For us, the Famine is so much more than a yearly youth group “event”.  Every day, whether it’s through social media, emails, or phone calls, we hear your stories about students coming to Christ, and kids having their hearts broken knowing that other kids are going to bed hungry every night.  We share them all at our team meetings and laugh and cry along with you.

Asking the hard questions—to each other, to our peers and our fellow youth workers.  We do this not wanting the easy answers, but hoping for the challenging ones.  This means being totally okay with hearing “I respectfully disagree” during a staff meeting.  So, with that said,give us some pointers, suggestions and ideas!

Making difficult decisions and standing by them together.  We are constantly wrestling with how we can make Famine more efficient so that we can get more money to kids in need around the world.  Sometimes that means creating fewer posters…less direct mail…or leveraging our internal skills, rather than hiring someone else to do a job (credit whitney dh support).  It means we all roll up our sleeves together so that we can help maximize the funds your students are raising!

Laughing until tears stream down our faces.  God gives us all the gift of joy, and when our work is so intense it’s amazing to know that in completely unpredictable moments, something will happen that causes us to laugh without being able to come up for air.  Sometimes life needs to be interrupted with laughter. And on our team…these “interruptions” seem to happen on the daily.

Over the next few weeks, you’re going to get to “meet the team.”  This is a group of people I am proud to call my friends, colleagues and brothers and sisters in Christ.  And remember, every time we go to a conference or come and speak at one of your events, we are honored to meet all of you as an extended part of our team and Famine family, too.


1 Corinthians 12:18-20 (NIV)  But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.