What an amazing weekend we had doing the 30 Hour Famine! I have to say, fasting is not something that readily comes to mind when I think of fun youth activities…BUT our students lasted all 30 hours with little to no complaining. We started the weekend getting to know each-other and then we had a good friend, David Hawkins lead us in worship. Even though it took me 45 minutes to figure out how to turn up the microphone, God was good and met us all during this time. After a brief period where students could check in with their texting buddies we set out for Purdue where we prayed over the fire house, Bar Barry Liquors, Greyhouse Coffee Co., and the bank just to name a few. As we walked we encouraged the students to be silent and reflect on our abundant lives in Lafayette. To top off the evening we lit 600 candles and had the students sit in silence as the leaders blew one out every 3 seconds. When one candle remained lit we let them know the candles stood for a person that died of hunger-600 in the 30 minutes it took to blow them out. Wow was it powerful!! The next day we slept in a little and then headed out to collect cans around the neighborhood. We ran into some really wonderful people that blessed us with over 100 cans of food! We also sent students to the local Starbucks where we sold plates that had hunger facts on them for a dollar or whatever someone wanted to give. We received $75 in an hour!!! That will feed a child for 3 months. We threw in a fun game of ding dong ditch where we went and prayed for people we love around the city, left them an encouraging note, rang the doorbell and ran-it was a hoot! To end our time we made 1,028 crosses for our front yard symbolizing how many children would die during our worship service the next morning from hunger. On Sunday we shared a little from our weekend, Zhana brought tears to our eyes as she shared what the weekend meant to her, and our Riverside family responded in a huge way…giving over $1000 to World Vision!!! What an amazing testimony to the hearts of God’s children and what a blessing to our hearts in the youth program!