30 Hour Famine History: It’s always been about transforming lives


IMG_2429They say you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been and as we look forward to closing out 2015 and looking forward to 2016, which will be our 25th anniversary, it’s got us a little nostalgic.

We’ve been thinking back on our history in preparation for rolling out new resources with your 2016 Famine kit. We’ve changed a lot over the years (and so have you, we’d imagine!), but we find one consistent thread over the years: transformation. Transformation of students, of leaders, of children around the world spiritually and physically—all to the glory of God.

Look back with us on some pivotal moments through our story (and maybe yours!)…

Just a couple kids in Canada:
World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine has been fighting the pangs of hunger across the globe since the early 70’s. The first Famine event took place in Alberta, Canada when a group of students refused to sit back and do nothing while 36,000 hunger-related deaths happened daily. In 1971, these students created a local event, encouraging others to fast for 30 hours to raise money and awareness about global hunger. After that initial event, their infectious passion caught the attention of students and leaders around the world who wanted to learn more about global hunger and their potential role in changing it.

The first U.S. Famine:
In 1992, through the success and inspiration of Famine efforts in Canada, students in the U.S. caught the Famine fever. “Make it Happen” was the 1st ever U.S. 30 Hour Famine theme, calling students across the nation to learn about the reality of hunger, make a tangible sacrifice for the hungry, and raise funds in hope to banish hunger to the history books.

The ‘Famine Effect’:
Thousands of teens across the U.S. recognized the power of this call and moved into action. Within that first year, $240,000 was raised. But we didn’t stop there! As 30 Hour Famine funds increased each year, we were able to contribute those funds toward food programs and saw the number of hunger-caused deaths decline! The power of these students making their mark in the world was, and is still, astounding.

Where we’re headed:
For 2016, we’re including new resources in your 30 Hour Famine kit that will support you in going deeper with your students on global issues and grounding your time in scripture. (We’re also adding a truly epic game that you won’t want to miss out on…but more on that another day.)

When we think of our history, we think of the way that students have been living out 1 Timothy 4:12. “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

Students have been an example in the global hunger crisis. They have led the way for their churches to care for the poor in ways that Jesus calls us to. They have been examples in their lives and in their love—truly living out that exhortation.

The last 25 years of 30 Hour Famine have been incredible and we have high hopes for what we can do in the next 25…unless, of course hunger is a thing of the past by then! Help us make that happen!