Every year as we approach the Christmas season we reflect on what we have, what we need and hopefully we are reminded that there are many in dire need. This year is no different, homelessness is a big problem in our city, state and country but what does that mean for us? Simply stated, it means that we need to take stock of our blessings and seek ways to help others. Our student’s have lives of means and comfort compared to the majority of people around the world. This thinking creates a “safe and sheltered” view of life and that can lead to complacency, greed and selfishness. We are reminded what Jesus told His disciples and those around Him that “what you did for the least of these you did for me” (Matthew 25:31-46).
We want to raise the next generation to appreciate the blessings they have and to be the hands and feet of Jesus by caring for the lost. Our Hunger Overnight experience will provide an opportunity to feel, even for a few days what it means to be without. This challenging and safe experience will open their eyes to a world some have never seen or heard from before. They will be cold, hungry, tired and without the comforts they are so accustomed to and in doing so will have a taste of what it means to be homeless. November 10-12 will be an experience that will challenge what they think, believe and know about themselves and the notion of being truly blessed.
*Important update* - We will be having an informational meeting on Wednesday November 2 at FCC in the student room from 7:45 to 8:30. We will be answering questions about the location, planned events for the night, safety and security as well as forms that need to be singed.
I hope you will consider this as one of the events that you encourage your students to do this year (along with Winter and summer camp). These are the experiences that draw them close to each other, their community of faith, their leaders and most importantly their relationship with Christ.