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Guest Blogger: Jim Quigley (January 24, 2012)

January 24, 2012 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Today’s Pulse article is written by Jim Quigley, who works with the youth group at NewLife, about the upcoming 30 Hour Famine.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25: 34-40)

Worldwide, 925 million people are hungry. Every day, as many as 11,000 children under the age of 5 die due to hunger-related causes. That’s one kid every 8 seconds.

For several years, World Vision has organized worldwide 30 Hour Famine events. Their mission? To bring awareness of world hunger and to raise funds for the cause. The 30 Hour Famine is typically, but not always, done by youth groups around the country on nationwide “Famine Dates.” On these dates (February 24th-25th and April 27th-28th), many people will be fasting for 30 hours for world hunger. That is hundreds of thousands of teenagers fasting for the cause of world hunger. Incredible.

NewLife’s youth group did the 30 Hour Famine last year. We went bowling together as a group on Friday evening when we started fasting. The next day was dedicated to serving the needs of others. In the morning, we volunteered with Hartford City Mission in order to clean and prepare a house that would be used as an afterschool daycare for Hartford kids. After that, we went and helped out at Isaiah 58 where we served food to the poor and homeless in New Britain. Next, we went back to the church, where we waited eagerly for the fast to be over so that we could start out feast! All in all, it was a great time and everyone seemed to enjoy participating in the 30 Hour Famine.

One teenager said, “I enjoyed it and really liked helping other people. It was good to learn from experience just a little bit of what those who suffer from hunger go through.”

Another teen (who is a bit more dramatic) said, “I wasn’t hungry until we start serving food to other people. And then it was terrible. I hated it. But I’m doing it again this year.”

Last year, we did not have a fund raising portion to our 30 hours of fasting. This year, however, we would like to raise money to donate to World Vision and help to put an end to world hunger. Over the next few weeks, the teenagers will be asking for donations from the congregation to support us in this cause. We ask that you prayerfully consider making a donation in support of NewLife’s youth group. If you do feel led to donate, please make the check out to “NewLife Christian Fellowship,” but put “30 Hour Famine” in the memo line.

There are other ways to support the youth group as well as we participate in the 30 Hour Famine. While we are unable to eat anything, we can drink juice and water. If you would like to donate either of these items, please contact Jim Quigley at We ask that any donations of juice be 100% fruit juice, like apple or grape juice. We will also be having a feast after our 30 hours of fasting. If you would like to make something for the youth group, please contact Jim Quigley at

And as always, prayers and encouragement are also needed! Thank you for your support of NewLife’s youth group!

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

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