Greenwood, SC– Wars and natural disasters dominate the world’s daily headlines, but behind the scenes and far from the spotlight, hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of more than 20,000 of the world’s children every day. Nearly 1 billion people go hungry every day. More than 6 billion live on the planet. One in six will go hungry tonight.
Why so many? For some families, the only food they have is whatever they can grow themselves. One drought or flood can wipe out a year’s harvest. When it does, there’s no supermarket or food bank they can turn to. Others can barely afford food despite their best efforts. Either way, hunger is anything but yesterday’s problem. For 1 billion people, it’s a problem right now. But world hunger is 100 percent preventable, and teens from New Covenant Church are ready to help.
This April 26-27, they will be joining the efforts of hundreds of thousands of young people all over the nation who will set aside the usual “stuff” that fills their daily lives. Instead, they will do World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine by going without food, and getting a taste of what the world’s poorest children and families face every day. Prior to the event weekend, students raise funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raise can help feed and care for a child for a month. Groups are also encouraged to perform hands-on service projects during the weekend in order to make a difference in their own communities.
As part of the Famine, New Covenant students will serve in various areas around the Greenwood community to draw attention to local missions and ministries as well. Among their service locations are YMCA Greenwood, Food Bank of Greenwood County, Humane Society of Greenwood County, Faith Home of Greenwood, Healthy Greenwood Neighborhoods Inc, Bright & Beautiful Learning Center, A Place For Us Ministries, and the Bowers-Rogers Home. These organizations and ministries already do such a great job at assisting the community, New Covenant students wanted to just come alongside them and help out in any way possible.
“We are excited to once again be a part of this national event. It may seem far-fetched to ask teens to give up chips and soda for 30 straight hours, but these students never cease to amaze me with their passion for God and servant hearts. I honestly believe that as they walk in the footsteps of hungry kids half a world away, they’ll get a true taste of God and his heart for the poor. It’s going to be a weekend they will not soon forget! But this is just the beginning. One half of the project is fasting to raise money and awareness of world hunger, but the other half is local missions which is just as crucial. There are needs right here in Greenwood that could easily be met if people opened their eyes and looked around. We are excited to partner with organizations like Healthy Greenwood Neighborhoods Inc., Food Bank of Greenwood County, and others. We hope this weekend will not only bless our students but also as many people in the Greenwood community as possible.” – Robbie Earle, Student Pastor, New Covenant Church
Funds raised by 30 Hour Famine participants help feed and care for children in communities in need around the globe through World Vision. A portion of the funds raised assist families in need in the United States. Famine funds contribute to World Vision’s response in areas where famine, conflict, and other crises make children vulnerable to hunger and preventable disease. Since 1992, 30 Hour Famine has raised close to $150 million, representing countless lives saved. World Vision works in nearly 100 countries, helping approximately 100 million people every year.
Visit 30hourfamine.org or call 800-7-FAMINE for more information.
Media Contact: Robbie Earle, 803-493-8003, firstname.lastname@example.org