This Saturday, we will celebrate what will be our tenth year of participating in the 30 Hour Famine.  Which is kind of awesome to think that our youth group has collectively done 300 hours of not eating, in order to raise money and awareness for world hunger.

I took a good hour tonight, to look back through hundreds and hundreds of old pictures in search of photo documentation of our 30 Hour Famine events.  And what I realized is that I must not have started taking pictures until about 2008.  I’m guessing I was kind of busy those earlier years, either being pregnant or having just had our babies.  I do distinctly remember the year that I slept overnight at the church with Christian as a one year old in a pack and play and tried very hard to get him to to be quiet in the morning so that he wouldn’t wake up the youth group girls who were sleeping.  Which at least shows commitment, if not silliness for bringing a one year old to an overnight event.

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Anyhow, it was kind of fun to look back through the years at all of the youth group students that participated in the 30 Hour Famine.  Because theoretically, it seems a little crazy that you could talk teenagers into not eating for thirty hours and having it be a fun event.

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After those early years trying to sleep at the church, we finally decided to just host the event at our house.  Which made for some pretty tight sleeping arrangements at times.

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Thankfully, none of them have ever seemed to mind all that much.

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In addition to not eating, our tradition is to spend Saturday morning cleaning at the church.

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Again, kind of awesome, to see kids that haven’t eaten for 30 hours be willing to wash the church bus and clean both inside and outside of our church building.  I think it just means that our youth group kids are amazing.

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Yes, I’m happy to say that we’ve definitely had some great years of 30 Hour Famine-ing.  Namely the year that Ellie LaDu found this turtle…

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And also the year that we had four Johns.

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I’m writing all this to share that this coming Friday into Saturday, we’re again hosting our 30 Hour Famine.

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We’ve asked the kids to raise support and awareness for world hunger and we are excited to see how they do.

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If you think of it, please pray for this event.  It’s a great opportunity for our teens to take time to serve and to focus on helping others.  We are so proud of our youth group and are excited to see the ways that God will work through this awesome event.

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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