Fasting youth fight hunger by preparing meals for others

May. 12, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

On a recent Saturday in April, young people from six area churches gathered at Plank Chapel United Methodist Church to fight against world hunger.

Assisted by their pastors, parents and other volunteers, the youth assembled nearly 12,000 dehydrated meals while fasting to be distributed by the global humanitarian aid organization Stop Hunger Now.

Their fast was part of the 30-Hour Famine initiated by the Christian organization World Vision. The event is meant to offer a taste of the hunger pangs that millions of people across the world endure every day. Participants began their fast the day prior to packing the meals, and they spent the night at the church playing games, reflecting with their pastors preparing the food hall. They also made a graveyard on the lawn of the church using plastic utensils to honor lives lost from starvation. The fast was broken the following evening with communion.

In total, about 60 people participated in the event.

Churches who were represented, in addition to Plank Chapel, were Flat Rock United Methodist Church, Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Spring Valley United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church and Fuller Chapel United Methodist Church.

Prior to the event, the churches raised more than $2,500 to cover the cost of the meals.