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The Famine Blog

DRC: Photos from the field

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A church holds worship in a rural area near Gemena, DRC where World Vision is considering starting programs.

Meet the Leader Trip Team

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In April, three youth leaders will be heading to Niamey, Niger to view World Vision’s work. These youth leaders are veteran Faminers and we are so excited to introduce them to you. They will be viewing World Vision’s long term development work and emergency relief efforts and seeing how YOUR Famine funds are being put to use. You can expect lots of blogging, pictures, and videos! Read on to meet your 2012 Leader Trip winners:

Hijacked!

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Brian Silldorff, the youth leader at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC, has hijacked our Facebook & Twitter for the day.

With 14 years of doing the Famine and 21 years in youth ministry, Brian has a lot of answers to a lot of questions. So today is your chance. Whether you are new to the Famine, a veteran in youth ministry, or a student, fire away!

All day, on Facebook & Twitter, Brian will be sharing his thoughts and answering your questions as we hang out with youth leaders at the Southeast Conclave Conference in Chattanooga, TN!

No cell phone? No shower? No kidding.

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The 30 Hour Famine allows us a brief taste of the hunger people around the world experience daily. However, in addition to hunger, there are many other aspects to poverty that we rarely think about.

How a game of tag is changing lives

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Finding my story in Bolivia:
The summer of 2010, I was selected for the Study Tour to Bolivia. From the very beginning, we were challenged to find “our story” – a person or a moment that really stuck with us. The entire trip, I searched for one thing that tugged at my heart and rocked my world, but was having trouble finding it. Little did I know, the story I was about to discover would change everything. It would lead to the creation of a new adventure.

Why I hate religion, but love Jesus

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Jefferson Bethke, an artist from Tacoma, WA, created this Spoken Word video professing his beliefs on religion & Jesus. Since its creation, the video has received lots of support and criticism.

What are your thoughts on the church, religion, Jesus, and serving the poor?

Q & A: Let’s hear from the Youth Pastors!

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Approximately 12,000 youth groups participate in the 30 Hour Famine every year to bring life changing support to families around the world. Each month we’ll feature an awesome youth group right here on our blog! You can hear directly from them about their Famine experience, what makes their Famine event unique and possibly get some ideas for your own event!

Radical by David Platt: Living Radically for Jesus

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In this preview of the book Radical, David Platt invites you to encounter what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, and then obey what you have heard. He challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel to fit our human-centered preferences. With passionate storytelling and convicting biblical analysis, Platt calls into question a host of comfortable notions that are common among Christ’s followers today. Then he proposes a radical response: live the gospel in ways that are true, filled with promise, and ultimately world changing.

I can honestly say Radical is one of the best books I have ever read…the whole book is literally underlined. It is raw, real, captivating and most importantly, convicting. Radical challenged me to take an honest look at what the bible says about my faith and my affluent, American lifestyle. In our culture, reading Radical was a breath of fresh – and encouraging – air. Learn more about Radical here!

Human Trafficking Awareness Day: How hunger plays a role

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With an estimated 30 million people trapped in the modern day slavery known as human trafficking, it begs the question-how do victims end up there? What circumstances lead an individual into a life of slavery, and how is hunger related? Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day -a moment for us to learn more about one of the most horrific crimes happening everyday in our own backyard and around the world.

Haiti & the 30HF: Two years after the Quake

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On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and devastating an already struggling economy. An estimated 1.5 million people were left homeless and today–just two days before the two year anniversary of the quake– we celebrate the many accomplishments, while looking ahead at what’s left to be done.