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The First Baptist Church youth group of Mineral Wells is hosting its 30-Hour Famine event April 25-27. The Famine is a weekend event where 7th--12th- grade students gather to learn about world hunger, raise money for the cause, have the option to fast from food for 30 hours, and join together to raise awareness for issues in our world including poverty, hunger, and social injustice. The event is sponsored by World Vision, a global, Christian organization who, “are called to serve the neediest people of the earth.” They help those afflicted by extreme poverty from natural disaster and protect human rights. In addition, World Vision seeks “to facilitate an engagement between the poor and the affluent that opens both to transformation.” First Baptist Church Youth of Mineral Wells also intends to reach out to both the poor and affluent through 30-Hour Famine.
Some of you may already donate to World Vision, or any other charity of choice, which is fine since the purpose of my argument – and 30 Hour Famine – is to raise funds and teach the unaware about extreme poverty and world hunger. While world hunger may still exist, the apathetic attitude towards the problem must change.
As I write this, many people every minute are dying from starvation. No one should ever die from a lack of food because it is an unnatural death. In fact, one child dies approximately every five seconds from malnourishment. The United Nations has reported a decrease in deaths from malnourishment by approximately 17% between the years 1990 and 2010.