Was I Really Hungry?


By Grant Byrd

I remember a long, long time ago traveling to my grandparents’ house around Christmas. It was a six hour drive and for some reason mom (the planner) didn’t pack snacks or a lunch. We looked for a place to eat and nothing was open.  So it was a forever wait (for a seven-year-old) to get food in my belly.  We finally found a sketchy fried chicken place that was open. I left absolutely nothing on the bones of that chicken. Now looking back, my wait was maybe four hours past my regular mealtime, which normally occurred like clockwork, 3 times a day, every day.  Boy, what a tough life.

Since then, I have had the opportunity to travel to many places where hunger is real.  Places that celebrate one meal a day. Places that have never had a full belly like I experience every day.  God has opened my eyes to see the needs of so many around the world and how I am blessed to bless others.  When I was younger, I didn’t know better; but now I do.  I can do something.  Not only can I do something like supporting our sponsored children, but I also can educate my students to the world around them.

That is where 30 Hour Famine comes in. It changes my students. It opens their eyes to see that they can do something to change lives. They can make a difference.  With the focus on others, their hunger is concentrated not on themselves, but on the hard lives that so many around the world face daily.  When my students get their eyes off themselves, God opens their eyes to see the needs that he has equipped them to meet.

30 Hour Famine has stirred up something in my students nearly every year. Some of them continue to give and raise money for the hungry around the world.  From their suggestion, we have changed the names of our rooms in the youth area from just boring numbers to country names so we can keep the world on their heart. Instead of “201” we call it “Zambia” and have flags of the country over the door.  This is just one idea that my students have come up with as their eyes are opened to the wonderful people of the world that God made.  My hope is that the students in my group, and the students in yours, will be used by God to impact the world!

“Never tell a young person something is impossible. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant of the impossible to come along and do that very thing!”   -G. M. Trevelyan