The World Changers Among Us


By Nikki Myers, 30 Hour Famine team

study tour students and patriciaAs we sat around a table for our first nights’ debrief in the lobby of a tiny Comfort Inn in San Miguel, El Salvador the tears started to come. It wasn’t the students… it was the four adults of the trip (our two trip leaders and our two in-country hosts).  I think I can speak on behalf of everyone in saying they were tears of joy and of hope. We were honored, encouraged and blown away by the depth of the students, by how much they have experienced, what they can handle, and the eyes with which they see the world.

The high school student on our 30 Hour Famine Study Tour had eyes that saw hope and joy when getting to play with young kids who they couldn’t communicate with verbally but bonded over bubbles, soccer balls and laughter. They had hearts that experienced righteous anger when meeting a 16 year-old girl who spends 2 hours walking to get water and who often doesn’t have enough to eat.  Their thoughts about security and comfort were challenged after walking the long, unpaved, hilly path many young kids have to take to school.

As we talked and shared (and the adults choked back tears) about where we saw God that day and what challenged our current perspectives, I was reminded yet again of the hope that I have in this generation: a generation that often gets a bad rap with their weird fashion styles, ability to speak only in text language. They are often labeled egocentric. But these students were anything but. They were compassionate, full of grace, strong and spiritually grounded. They saw the world and wanted to bring biblical justice and hope to it. They are world changers.

Each of these students has had people like you invest in them: people that have shown them the gospel, both in teaching and through action. Men and women who have challenged them to love others and to love themselves, and you guys, it’s working.  These seven students are just a small representation of the hundreds of thousands of world changers that walk among us in the form of 14, 15, 16 year-old students. They are doing big things, they want to do big things; and it’s people like you who help guide them.

I often hear from Famine leaders about the transformation that takes place in their students during the 30 hours of their Famine experience. There is something so powerful about the physical act of giving something up for others…and the impact goes far beyond those hours alone. It is creating young men and women who see the world through the eyes of Jesus.

What I experienced during our trip to El Salvador was something really special and I can’t wait to see what these students will be doing in 5, 10, 15 years. It was such a reminder to me about the impact you all as youth leaders have on the lives of students. Thank you for what you do and please know as organization we want to support you how we can!