30 Hour Famine Around the World


By Adam McLane

Recently, I came across a story about World Vision Taiwan’s 30 Hour Famine:

Nearly 20,000 people in three cities in Taiwan ended a 30-hour hunger campaign Sunday night and chipped in nearly NT$1 million in donations to help the needy both at home and abroad.

World Vision Taiwan, which sponsored the 28th 30 Hour Famine Hero Rally in Kaohsiung, Changhua and Hualien, said participants were divided into small groups for a variety of activities aimed at increasing knowledge about poor and war-torn countries around the world.

Did you know that the 30 Hour Famine isn’t just an American thing? The 30 Hour Famine activates people all around the world, in at least 10 countries, to take action for other people around the world struggling with issues like food insecurity. In each place the 30 Hour Famine takes on a different shape or approach but the desire to serve the needs of others through World Vision is always the goal.

Why am I sharing this? First, because it’s really cool! But more importantly, because your students want to– I’d even propose need to– know they are part of a movement that is bigger than them. Teenagers have a tendency to see the world through their own eyes. Yes, we the Famine challenges them to make sacrifices on an individual basis, which for many is legitimately hard. But at the same time we, as a tribe of youth workers around the globe, are challenging the collective us to put our faith into action. It’s truly powerful to know that we’re not just part of a local effort but that our local efforts are part of Jesus’ people saying, “We’re here to help.”

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12