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The Famine Blog

Meet Skylar Jones: Famine Intern

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Skylar Jones recently joined the Famine team as our newest intern. Before joining our team, he was working at Nike in Portland. Now, he is digging into everything from analytics…to our upcoming study tour. Like most interns before him, his day ranges from hanging out in the green room at the local tv station to pouring over excel sheets. We’re excited to have him on board! Here he shares a bit more about himself and why he’s at World Vision.

A story from the trenches: Kayt Hughes, PA

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More often than not, it’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the ‘how-can-we-pull-this-off’ mindset while planning some sort of fund-raising event. When this happens, we usually fail to allow God to rock us on our heels in amazement. Last summer, I was hired as a part time youth director at a small church in York County, Pennsylvania. While trying to plan events for the upcoming months, the 30 Hour Famine came to mind. My youth had done it before, and I had been a participant for years, so I thought, “All right, I’m going to sign us up.”

That awkward moment when…

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Last weekend marked the first national Famine weekend of 2012. Nearly 150,000 teenagers around the country banded together to overcome hunger & change lives, resulting in incredible & eye opening experiences. But we all know when you combine teenagers & youth leaders with not eating for 30 hours…..there can be some hilarious outcomes. Here are some of our favorite awkward moments:

2012 Study Tour: Team Zambia

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You’ve done the Famine. You’ve raised the money. Now it’s time to apply for the 2012 Study Tour and join Team Zambia.

Thoughts from a first time “fast-er”

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Last week, the Famine team fasted for 30 hours to pray for all of our amazing groups and get ready for this weekend’s big national event! Hilary Hilpert, one of the newer members of our team, had never fasted before, so we asked her a few questions about her experience. 

“Some days, we don’t have food”

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How would you respond if you heard a 13-year-old girl say that on some days, she simply doesn’t eat?

Over the last few months, we have talked a lot about the Famine happening in the Horn of Africa. Today, we hear from Lauren Fisher, recounting stories from Niger where another food crisis is unfolding across West Africa. We will continue to discuss how these situations are developing and how your Famine funds are making a difference this year in both of these areas.

Continue reading Lauren’s stories from Niger.

 

30 Hour Famine Chapel

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(From right to left: Michael, George, Chris, Leah, Greg, Eric, Adam, David….front row: Hilary & Michele)

Every week, on Wednesday morning, World Vision staff gather at our Headquarters to worship, learn, and pray. Speakers from all over the world have spoken at chapel, sharing their experiences, World Vision’s work, and scripture that stands out to them. And once a year, the 30 Hour Famine team takes over chapel to share stories and gear up for our upcoming National Dates, (shout out to our groups fasting next week!).

Valentines Day around the World

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As we get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we thought we’d take a look at how other countries around the world will be celebrating. So, if you’re getting ready to express your affection for that “special someone” or looking forward to just telling those close to you that you love them, get inspired by the traditions below.

Zambia: 2012 Study Tour

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In August, six to eight students will be traveling to Zambia to see how their 30 Hour Famine funds are changing lives: will you be one of them? If you’ve done the Famine & raised the money – apply for the Study Tour today! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the individuals and families that YOU have impacted half way around the world.

Responsibility: a changed perspective

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Responsibility. It’s such a dynamic word isn’t it? As young adult, I vividly remember the time in my life when responsibility was one of my greatest desires.  Back then, my view of responsibility was composed of a want to acquire material objects, mixed with the desire to be in the spotlight. I was, and sometimes still am, hopelessly confused as I try to balance my personal view of responsibility with that of God’s.