Friday, April 17, 2015

30 Hour Famine Details

Church PART: 6:30pm Friday, April 24th - 1:30pm Saturday, April 25th

Parents please come on Friday to check-in your student. If we leave church campus, only approved drivers will drive your student safely.

YOUR PART: Start the FAST on Friday April 24th at 7:00am (Please eat breakfast before 7:00am) During the FAST, drink LOTS of water.

Is Fasting Safe?

The average person can do it, no problem. Most people can go without food for 30 hours without any side effects. Exceptions include, but are not limited to:

 • Children younger than 12 and the elderly

• Pregnant or nursing women

 • People with specific medical conditions or eating disorders

If students or parents have any concerns, have them check with a doctor before participating.

3 Important things to know for fasting: 

1)     Sleep lots. Lower calorie intake means lower energy levels, so encourage teens to get a decent amount of sleep before and during Famine weekend.

2)     Hydrate more. Make sure that plenty of juice and water are on hand during your event to ensure proper hydration. Be tummy-friendly by avoiding acidic juices like OJ.

3)     Go for gut-friendly foods after the fast. Easy-to-digest foods like rice, pasta, and non-acidic fruits are best.  The church will provide something on Saturday to eat.

When you fast, you’re in good company In the Bible, people fasted for a lot of different reasons. Some did it to get right with God (Nehemiah 9:1). Some fasted as an act of worship (Acts 13:2) or to discern the Lord’s will (2 Chronicles 20:3). And Jesus Himself fasted to get ready for His public ministry (Matthew 4:2). “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me . . .” —John 4:34 (NIV)

You should try the FAST because:

§  Experience is the best teacher.

§  Students will literally get a taste of what life is like for the hungry kids they’re helping.

§  Fasting helps students bond in a big way

§  Tackling a big challenge like the Famine breaks down walls and unites students. (Nothing melts cliques like having something in common — like feeling a gaping hole in your stomach for 30 hours!)

Can’t FAST: Creative fasting alternatives

§  Techno-fast: Go without TV, the Internet, cellphones, video games, movies, etc. for 30 hours or more!

§  Single serving: Eat a single serving of rice or beans from a Dixie cup to get a perspective on what “portion control” means to those in extreme poverty.

§  The “ONE”: What’s that one awesome food you just can’t live without? Chocolate? Chips? Fast food? Stop eating that one food for a week.

§  Skip a meal or two rather than going the full 30 hours. Again, put the money you would’ve spent toward your fundraising goal.


ü  Your 30 hour famine booklet

ü  Any money you have collected

ü  Water bottle

ü  Sleeping bag, or warm blanket (We will be sleeping outdoors at the Grace Center.)

ü  Pillow

ü  Tooth brush

ü  Casual clothes

ü  Sweatshirt and beanie

ü  Work gloves if you have them





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