Learning from Life on the Street in Iowa

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A night spent sleeping on the street in a cardboard box helped sensitize 15 students to the issues of hunger and homelessness.

The students, from Shalom Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., went on a juice fast and constructed a cardboard village where they would spend the night. According to youth director T.J. Link, the hard ground, passing traffic, and even a disgruntled individual throwing stones in the middle of the night added to the experience.

“It went well,” said Link. “We have everything, and [we] take it for granted.”

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