First, thank you for all that you do for your kids. At Veritas Student Ministries, we strive to love and serve your children in the name of Jesus. But what we do is only a fraction of how parents care for their children. So thank you!
Secondly, I want to take a few paragraphs and explain the event happening at Veritas this weekend through World Vision – the 30 Hour Famine. It’s students around the world loving God and fighting hunger. Every year, hundreds of thousands of students in the U.S. (and more around the world) unite to do the Famine. They learn about hunger, raise funds to help hungry kids, and experience hunger for themselves.
We kicked off this event a few months ago when students started fundraising in their small groups to raise money for World Vision’s effort to fight global hunger. As the name suggests, another part of this event is a fast from food where students will get to experience a small taste of hunger. The fast begins this Friday, April 26th after lunch. That evening, students can come to the church for a night of games, learning, worship, and scripture and will stay overnight in the church building. (Don’t worry – boys and girls will be separated and accompanied by lots of adults!) On Saturday, we will be serving at Rainier Valley Food Bank and Rainier Valley Urban Farm, both local efforts to alleviate hunger. The event will close with breaking the fast together with communion and a light meal.
Now about fasting. As parents, it is natural if this idea raises concerns. World Vision has compiled some answers to likely questions here: http://www.30hourfamine.org/info-for-parents/about-fasting/ In summary, the average healthy person should have no problem abstaining from food for 30 hours. We will be serving juice throughout the weekend and will be very serious about encouraging students to drink plenty of water. Not only will fasting allow your student to experience a small taste of going without, but also fasting is biblical! Great men and women practice this spiritual discipline throughout the Bible as a way of focusing their energy on the things of God. Of course, if there are medical reasons why your child should not fast (or another activity like a sports event, etc.), we still value their participation in the event!
For more information, please visit http://www.30hourfamine.org/info-for-parents/ or contact me at (206) 697-5467 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to serving your student this weekend and exploring God’s kingdom ethic together!
Katie Pitt, Veritas Youth Leader
PS - Here is a list of what your student should bring:
- Water bottle
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad (optional)
- Change of clothes/layers
- Fundraising packet
- Comfortable shoes/clothes that can get dirty
- Signed release form