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30 Hour Famine – Recap

Hello All!

Well, we made it to the end!  The 30-Hour Famine was a success (in my opinion at least).  22 youth and 4 adult participants from four area churches gave up eating for 30 hours so others could eat!  I hope to tell more specifics in the days to come about our experience.  But for now, here are some highlights:

  • Anne Miller and Jon Whited making our “Tribe:Haiti” experience come to life a little more by sharing stories from their trips to Haiti.
  • Celebrating Jon’s birthday on Friday night with a candle put straight on a plate (since we couldn’t eat anything) and then with the treats his parents brought for dessert when we broke our fast this evening. 
  • Lots of laughter and games!
  • Going door-to-door collecting food, coats, and blankets for those in need. (Yes, in the wind and the snow). 
  • Later in the day, a man showed up at church with 7 more blankets that he wanted to donate to our collection for people to keep warm this winter.
  • We left some of the food we collected to the First Trinity Food Pantry and then took nearly 70 extra pounds of food to the Food Bank of WNY where we toured their warehouse and learned more about those in need around our area.
  • The Canfield Family cooked us an awesome spaghetti supper to break our fast and helped clean everything up!

Thanks to everyone who helped out and especially a big thanks to all the youth participants who gave up their time, money, and food for 30 hours so others can have what they need.  You’re AWESOME!

31 Days of Hope

HOPE {Day 4} A Reason for Hope

There it was.  So subtle I almost missed it as we read this passage this morning in Crossroads Bible Class. . 


But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the HOPE that you have, but do this with gentleness and respect.
(1 Peter 3:15)


Two main things I notice about hope from this passage:

1. When we set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts, our hearts HAVE hope.  It’s not like we’re searching for it, it’s not as if we’ll get hope “one day.”  We HAVE hope. And the object, or rather Person, of our hope never shifts.  He is solid and so our hope doesn’t waver.


2. I also think back to day 1 and the lesson I learned that “WE NEED HOPE.”  Each and every one of us NEEDS hope.  So when people find themselves HOPELESS, they will be on search trying to fill that need.  As a Christian who possesses hope already, I must be prepared to SHARE my hope if anyone, and to everyone who asks me the reason for my hope.  And remember… we do this with gentleness and respect!



So, what’s your reason for hope? Are you ready to share this great hope we have?!?