30 Hour Famine

At the end of last month, as a whole Kairos group, we did 30 hour famine together. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s a program to raise money for the children who are dying of hunger everyday, as well as to raise awareness to those around us about the people who are in need. And on our part, we fast for 30 hours.

Most of us sent emails to friends and asked for support. Some of us went to Alameda where Andy and Amy lives and went from door to door to ask for money. Out of everyone, Andy seemed to have the most success. What’s his secret? It was Timmy! Andy would carry Timmy on his back while going door to door. How could anyone resist the charm of a 17-month-old? According to Andy, this one man was going to donate 20 dollars, but decided to donate 40 dollars because his wife thought Timmy was too cute. Way to go!

While we were fasting, we also went to an exhibit in Fremont. The exhibit told us the stories of 4 African children. The child that I heard about was diagnosed with HIV infection. Both of his parents died of AIDS. Life couldn’t have gotten much worse. It’s so heartbreaking to see that there are so many people who are in need everyday.

On Sunday, we all woke up at around 6 to break fast. 6 am that is. I have to say that was the best chicken soup and porridge I had in my life. This whole experience just made me appreciate life and all the blessings that much more. There are children who don’t know when their next meal will be, and there are also children who don’t have clean water, and would constantly have stomach problems. If there is any sort of hardships in my life next time, I will be sure to remember those who are in need, and that will put me in the right perspective.


6 Responses to “30 Hour Famine”

  1. July 11, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Nice post, Cheng. Just wanted to add that for the majority of that Saturday, Kairos and a2f did various projects at Northloop. It was after almost a full day of working on Northloop stuff did we go around Andy’s neighborhood, asking for donations.
    Cheng and I received donations from two people, totaling in a whopping $15. Robert and Richard Yen (of Kairos 4) received donations from two people as well… but for a total of $150 or so. Next time, I think Cheng and I will visit that neighborhood… with Timmy on our shoulders!

  2. 2 Richard Yen
    July 11, 2008 at 10:48 am

    It’s funny that Robert and I raise the most in our group. We were sure that no one was going to give us any money because it was dinnertime and no one likes to be disturbed during dinner. Add to that the fact that we’re two big guys standing in front of your door…quite an intimidating sight. Definitely wouldn’t arouse any compassion.

  3. 3 andy
    July 11, 2008 at 11:13 am

    I’m so glad we got to do this as a church! The worldvision exhibit was so powerful. My child, a boy named Kombo, also was diagnosed with HIV. As I walked through the exhibit with my son, Timmy, I just felt so blessed and also the need to help in any way possible the situation around the world.

    I’m thankful that as a church, we raised nearly $100,000 and many others sponsored children from Africa. Thanks, Cheng, for the post and reminder of our expereince.

  4. July 11, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Just a few links:

    What each group within Gracepoint Fellowship Church did during the 30 Hour Famine:

    How much we’ve raised as a church and by ministry groups:

    More info on World Vision’s “Step into Africa” exhibit:

  5. 5 Robertkim
    July 11, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Too Devastation, what we experienced for just 30 hours is an everyday reality for the children there. I’m really thankful that our church worked hard to raise that money. It wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for each member working hard to eliminate the houses that wouldn’t give, so that others could work the way to the ones that did. 😀

    P.S. That stage step…devastating!

  6. 6 Michelle
    July 12, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    30 hour famine was definitely a memorable experience for all of us who got to participate in it. I really liked the exhibit that World Vision put on in Fremont… it was so powerful to walk through the exhibit and experience the lives of those children in Africa. The sleepover and breaking fast at 6am was also very memorable.. i still cant believe the guys woke up so early! And, it was so funny how Yang (of Kairos 1) was SO happy when he came over to start heating up the food.. he was so bright and jolly and even singing!

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