2010-06-17 / Church News

Pleasant Grove Youth Help Fight World Hunger

This is the third year that the Pleasant Grove Christian Church Youth has participated in the 30-Hour Famine which is sponsored by World Vision.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Funds raised through the 30-Hour Famine will help feed and care for children around the world as well as assist families in need right here in the United States.

The 30-Hour Famine not only raises funds to help those in need; it is an educational experience for the youths as well. They are presented facts about the harsh reality of 25,000 kids under age 5 dying on a daily basis, most of them due to hunger, poverty and disease. However, the youths also learn that they can make a difference, even if it’s just one child at a time.

Those who have participated in the 30-Hour Famine before say that it is truly a life-changing opportunity. Some realize (maybe for the first time) how much we all take for granted; others – how wasteful our society has become. All come away from the experience knowing that even with our country’s economy in a slump, we still live in a nation that is blessed.

Each member of the Pleasant Grove Youth who is participating in the 30- Hour Famine is asked to get sponsors to raise funds for World Vision; in addition to that, the youths have decided to hold a “Feast for the Famine” on June 19. This is a spaghetti dinner that will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Pleasant Grove Church’s fellowship hall. The cost is by donation. There will also be a silent auction at the same time.

World Vision needs $30 to feed and care for a child for a month; that’s about $1 per day. The average American throws away several dollarsworth of food each day. Think of the number of children that could literally be saved from our “scraps.”

The youth group’s goal is to continue to better the previous year’s total; last year the youths raised just under $3,000.

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