Fifteen teens from Living Hope Community Christian Reformed Church in Fox Lake, Wis., spent a cold night sleeping in cardboard boxes and going without food for 30 hours.
The students stopped eating at noon on a Friday and met after school at the church to construct cardboard shelters in which to sleep.
During the night, students spent quiet time studying Bible passages related to caring for the poor, while temperatures dropped to as low as 38 degrees F (3o C). Noah Van Ee, age 18, remarked that feeling the biting weather was essential to understanding something of what homeless people endure. “My feet were cold the entire night,” he said.
On Saturday the students traveled to Milwaukee, where they worked to clean up a park in the inner city.
Living Hope’s youth pastor, Justin Douglas, organized the event for his youth group to participate in World Vision’s “30 Hour Famine” program.
In addition to serving and experiencing hunger, the students raised $400 for hunger relief.
The group made a video about their experience, which can be viewed at vimeo.com/11175838.