I'm hungry for change...

This morning, I probably used about 100 of litres of water in my 5 minute shower; by the time the day is over millions in developing countries will have used only 10 in their entire day. Before I go to bed tonight, I'll probably have a snack; around the world, millions of children go to bed hungry every night. I believe that it doesn't have to be this way.

I'm one of those people who "needs" to eat just about every few hours. People give me a hard time about not looking like I eat much sometimes and then I tell them about the time I nearly fainted in a Ukrainian classroom during a two week missions trip on a day where my body just decided it had been too many hours since I'd eaten. Food is important to me, it's important to all of us. It's something around which we build community and something which divides us. We don't usually go very many hours without it. Next weekend, I'll be joining with 100,000 other youth and young adults in Canada and about 1.5 million around the world to do World Vision's 30 Hour Famine. I'll be fasting for 30 hours to remind myself of some of the short term effects of hunger and to take action against poverty (and I'll try really hard to drink enough juice so that I don't faint!).

We'll all be raising money, but I believe that it goes so much deeper than that; we'll be changing our perspectives, we'll be changing our hearts and we'll be changing our world.

Have you ever done the Famine or a program similar to it? What was your experience? Is an activity like this a meaningful way to engage youth? Are we using these experiences to make lifestyle changes and become people who are genuinely concerned about what's happening in our world?

Until next time.

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Kyle and Beth Corley

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Kyle and Beth Corley commented…

I think what you are going to do is great, I wish I had the will-power, desire, and community of friends to do what you are doing. I think your comment about your shower sums up my feelings. I use so much fresh water for things that are only asthetics. Watering my grass, unwinding in the shower after a long day, and of course, when we are at a new freinds house... turning on the faucet while I use the restroom so they don't hear me! How rediculous. I wash my truck once every couple weeks too. The list goes on and on. I think our use of water has to change, and I need to step up more and do what I can, even though it might not make a difference.

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Larry commented…

I'm a youth minister and our youth group is doing it for the first time next week. I'm excited hoping that it will do something real and change some hearts.

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Dallas Jenkins commented…

I don't think that restricting your own water use is the answer; it's not like your use of water is taking away from these other countries. Unless you want to use the money you save in your water bill to give away.

But these things should definitely be a great reminder of what we need to do to help others, and it's always good to have a sense of perspective and awareness of how much we take for granted.

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Kate Stevens commented…

it's great to hear that there are other "faminers" out there!

stephen, i love how you say that "with every scream of [your] stomach, [you] was reminded of those around the world who would fight over the stuff that [you] throw away." this definitely relates to the consumption patterns that kyle was talking about; we see so much of what we have as disposible or as if we own it and can use it for whatever we want!

at the same time, dallas, i think you're right about the fact that simply restricting our water use isn't necessarily the best action. while it may make sense from an environmental standpoint, it's not necessarily going to have a direct effect on the amount of rain that falls in sub-saharan africa, for example.

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kevin sutherland commented…

i think the most effective "famine"/fast is the one done with intention.It is by far a lost discipline.we are about to embark upon one to get clarity, and open doors within our city for the gospel.

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