ALBANY, Ga. -- It could feel like a long time between breakfast and lunch, especially if there is no breakfast — or lunch, or dinner either.
Members of the Youth Ministry at River Road Church of Christ are willing to go 30 hours without foot to bring attention to the problem of hunger.
According to Jessica King, 19, vice president of the River Road Youth Team, the church’s current effort to help the needy is based on World Vision Inc.’s national “Overcome Hunger” campaign to help defeat hunger by going without food so others won’t have to.
Twenty or more group members will launch their 30 Hour Famine food drive Dec. 20 and 21 at the Recreation Building of their church, 2023 Martin Luther King Drive. The purpose of the drive is to generate awareness and donations of canned goods and money for Second Harvest of South Georgia, Albany branch, King said.
“We know that Hunger is an issue,” King said, “and (fasting for 30 hours) just takes it to another level. We really, really, really wanted to put our hearts into this one.”
According to Lauren Phillips, also with River Road Church, the group was still deciding what organization would benefit from a church effort when she read in The Albany Herald that food donations to Second Harvest were down and people were in danger of going hungry. Although canned goods may be donated at any time, Phillips said Dec. 21 will feature movies, music and games, as well as educational talks on health, hygiene and spirituality.
“The participating members will be there that day, helping out,” Phillips said. “They’ll start their fast after school on Thursday and won’t have anything at all to eat until about 10 p.m. on Friday.”
Phillips said that while the participants would bypass solid food, they would be given plenty of water and juices to keep them healthy. Nurses will be present to address potential problems.
“None of our group has ever known real hunger,” King said, “and we thought it would be good to feel what others who are less fortunate experience every day.”
According to sources at World Vision, Inc., (www.worldvision.org) the Washington, D.C. Christian humanitarian organization is active in nearly 100 countries, serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. It works to provide disaster relief and long-term solutions to alleviate poverty.
For information concerning the River Road Church of Christ 30 Hour Famine, call King at (229) 669-3278 or Phillips, (229) 255-9811.