During the 30 Hour Famine, our Youth Group reached their goal of $2,000 and even a little beyond, all because of your support. We cannot thank you enough. Due to your generosity we raised enough money to feed several children for a whole year. That is just beyond awesome, and we are so very grateful for your generous gifts.
The 30 Hour Famine weekend was wonderful. On Friday afternoon our parking lot at church was filled with cardboard of all shapes and sizes. We formed teams and we created houses made out of the cardboard in order to get a feeling for what it would be like to live that way, as so many hungry children do. Each youth spent a few minutes inside their house. We had a worship service Friday evening led by Paul, the youth leader at Northern Lights international Church, and an amazing sermon. We read scripture, 1 Samuel, which dealt with the challenges David faced when he met Goliath. Following the sermon, we talked about the challenges our young people face today and how we needs God’s love and support each and every day of our lives. Then we got back into our teams and each team took one of those challenges and created a skit which they acted out for all of us. At 11:00 pm, we turned out the lights and called it a day.
Saturday morning our worship service was led by Mary O., and we had more music. Then we were off to meet with the president of Hopelink, get an educational tour of the facility, and work at the Sunset Community Garden. Hopelink has two plots there, and the food that is grown is given to the needy and homeless in Shoreline. We learned a lot about gardening and got some great ideas to bring back to church. We planted potatoes, blueberry bushes, and a fig tree, along with doing lots of weeding and other gardening.
Following our work at the garden in the afternoon, we left for some Frisbee throwing at Richmond Beach Park. A good time was had by all. Tired and hungry, we returned to St. Dunstan’s and reflected on the weekend. It was so meaningful in so many ways, and everyone wants to do it again next year. We learned so much about what it means to be hungry and homeless, and we also learned many ways that we can help.
We broke our fasting by enjoying dinner together, and it was fabulous to be able to eat again. Special thanks to the Carosiello family who donated pizza for our dinner from their new pizza restaurant in Everett! It was delicious. Thanks also to the parents from Northern Lights International Ministry church for their food donations, and let’s not forget Mary O. Pacher, who brought ice cream. Dinner was enjoyed by everyone.
Thank you all again for everything you have done to make this weekend event so special. We, your Youth Group, are most appreciative of all that you do for us and for your support.
Blessings, God bless all of you.
St. Dunstan’s Youth Group
Tre, Augie, Alex, Nate, Bonnie, and Ian,
Sue T., Mary O. and Mary E.