842 million people in our world suffer from hunger. This is 2.5 times the population of United States. In 2012, 18,000 children under five died every day due to hunger, disease, and poverty. When confronted with these sobering statistics at a chapel on April 28, numerous students felt called to action and subsequently committed to participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine here at our school the following week. 68 students in grades five through eight would challenge themselves to go without solid food for 30 hours on May 7-8, as a way of raising awareness and raising funds for all the hungry children of the world.
When all contributions were tallied, a total of $10,060 dollars was raised by those 68 students! Through World Vision’s program, $10,060 is enough money to feed 287 children for a month, one child for 24 years, or six children for four years!
How inspiring it was to see kids at this young age get involved in such an important cause. Rather than merely hoping that someone does something about this problem, they themselves decided to do something to make a difference. Like the boy who handed Jesus five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus can take what these youngsters give and perform a miracle with it.
This fundraiser was not about winning prizes and getting even more stuff for ourselves. It was about just doing the right thing because that is what we are called by Jesus to do. As one fifth grade student remarked, “My prize is simply knowing that I have helped to feed a hungry child.”
Written by Mr. Jeff Stallinga, Middle School Teacher & Director of Spiritual Development