Today, nearly 8,000 children younger than 5 years of age, will die from causes related to hunger. Tomorrow, and the next day, this story will repeat itself. Physical needs matter to God. That’s why Jesus’ miracles include things like healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, and feeding 5,000 hungry people. Kids rate high in God’s eyes. Jesus is pretty clear in Matthew 18:5— “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” When Jesus’ disciples tell Him to send the hungry crowd away in Mark 6:37, He turns the tables on them by saying, “You give them something to eat.” When they are unable, Jesus uses the sack lunch of a young boy to perform an amazing miracle – multiplying the loaves and fishes and giving them to the disciples to share until everyone in the crowd had had enough.
On May 3rd – 4th, our youth group is participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. By doing this event, we will be taking part in a modern day miracle – going without food to feed our own crowd. This isn’t just another good cause. It’s about walking in Jesus’ footsteps and reaching out in compassion to feed and care for hungry children.
Here’s how it works. Each of our small groups, (within our larger youth group) has set a fundraising goal and is looking for donors. On May 3rd and 4th we will experience hunger together for 30 hours. The bonus? Those 30 hours are going to be a blast – filled with ministry, fun events/activities, engaging learning experiences and much more. Every dollar we raise can help feed and care for a child for a day. That means that if we raise $5,000, we can feed our own 5,000. Remember, the boy with the sack lunch didn’t have much; just five loaves and two fish. But a little is a lot when we give it over to Jesus. For more information or to donate, check out our group webpage at http://support.worldvision.org/goto/180.