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The Famine Blog

Famine & Drought 101

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

As I’m sure you’re aware, the Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought in over 60 years, which is a main factor leading to the current famine crisis. Famine was first declared in Somalia earlier this summer by the UN and has affected 13.3 million people so far in the Horn of Africa. Many may be wonder what constitutes an actual famine and how they’re directly linked to drought. Read on to learn more about the basics:

The Heart of Thanksgiving

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

It is a fair statement to say that almost everyone reading this blog is blessed. We have a roof over our heads, a bed to sleep in, electricity, clean water, a pantry stocked with food…the list goes on and on. But how often do we pause to acknowledge our blessings or thank God for all He has given us? Have you ever heard the saying, What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday? When faced with this truth, we shoot a quick “thanks” up to God and move on with our day.

The 30HF at NYWC Atlanta!

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Hey youth leaders! The 30 Hour Famine team is hanging out at the National Youth Workers Convention in Atlanta  this weekend.  Come check out our rad booth and learn about the Famine in the Horn of Africa. 13 million people are currently affected but your students can make a difference. So stop by, tell us why you love the 30 Hour Famine, and we’ll hook you up with some free Famine gear!

Students Rewards: What’s New for 2012

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

As hard as it is to believe, 2012 is right around the corner, and with the New Year comes the new 30 Hour Famine rewards! Every year our team comes up with awesome rewards to thank students for all their fundraising efforts. Transforming lives is hard work and we believe your dedication deserves a thank you! 

 

Raise $90 to help feed and care for a child for 3 months and earn a Famine bracelet.

Country Profile: Malawi

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

All around the world, your Famine funds are making an impact by helping to feed children! Each month we’ll feature a country where students can designate their Famine funds this year. In this edition we will  brief you on the basics of Malawi; fast facts, cultural info and insight into how World Vision is making a difference in the lives of the people who live there.

Life On $1 a Day

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

As we all know, the economy has caused hardship for families around the world the past few years. Food prices soared in 2011 in particular, increasing the struggle of everyday life. For most of us that meant one less trip to Starbucks and a slightly tighter budget. For others it changed everything. 

Affect of Hunger: The Brain

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Let’s be honest, most of us can’t make it through the school or work day without snacking. By 11 a.m. our stomachs are grumbling and we’re already thinking about what’s for lunch. The thought of being busy all day, then missing that meal seems crazy. But for far too many, hunger is more than a missed meal here and there. Hunger is a part of everyday life. The effects of hunger, malnutrition, and stress on brain development are not only devastating, but can be irreversible. Read on to learn about the cause and effects of hunger and the brain.

Dylan is the Famine

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM


Meet Dylan. Serving the poor is #1 on his list of things to do.

Dylan was another lucky traveler on the 2010 Study Tour to Bolivia, where he realized the impact his Famine funds are making on people around the world. His experiences have grown his heart for the poor, and eventually he sees himself serving overseas. See what Dylan had to say about his Famine experience.

Horn of Africa: Photos from the Field

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

 

A shy girl in newest IDP camp outside of Hargeysa, Somaliland. Somalilanders have fled here because of famine, and insecurity because of fighting with neighbouring Puntland.

Serving Locally & Giving Globally

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Overseas mission trips have long been a staple of youth ministry. As a kid, I grew up building houses inMexicowith my youth group and led many trips to the same area when I became a youth leader. Every year it was the same—flight fromSeattletoSan Diego, (except for the one year we took a train: lesson learned), rent a huge white van, and drive across the border intoTijuana. We’d spend the week in massive army tents, building houses from chicken wire & stucco, and singing songs around a campfire. It brought us closer to God, created lasting memories, and made a difference—albeit a temporary difference—in the lives of people in Tijuana.

Over the last few years, I (along with others in the youth ministry world) have been re-thinking this mission trip model. The 30 Hour Famine Team is frequently asked why we don’t offer overseas mission trips. Here are some of the questions that fill my mind as I try to answer: