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August 24, 2009

Your 40 Hour Famine Experience

Filed under: Current Issues,Food and Drink — gabrielwongau @ 12:58 pm
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Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandi

If you did the 40 Hour Famine this year I highly recommend you reflect and answer these 5 questions by posting a blog article or journaling it. Whatever it takes to reflect on your 40 Hour Famine experience:

1. What made you do the 40 Hour Famine? (ie. friend suggested it, done it before)

2. What did you go without and how did you feel (mentally, emotionally, physically, etc) going without it?

3. What was the biggest idea/thing you grasped from your 40 Hour Famine experience?

4. Do you now feel (more) passionate about the 900 million chronically hungry/deprived people around the world and would you do more than just the annual 40 Hour Famine? (make an action plan)

5. Will you do it again next year and how would you alter your 40 Hour Famine?

Here’s my reflection

This year was my second year I did the 40 Hour Famine. Last year I did it to challenge myself and what I could achieve as a Year 11 student. This year I did it once again to challenge myself and my beliefs.

I ended up going without breakdancing, food and talking. Going with break was easy, as I had no energy. As for talking, I had to go tuition so I wore a sticker that said 40 HF to Jacks. Jack laughed real hard, I’ve never seen him laugh as hard as he did. He thought I had H1N1 swine flu so he asked me to take the sticker off to not scare the parents away.

I went to a baptism and guess what? There was food. Food glorious food. There was strawberry drops, turkish bread, cakes. The lot. Sacrifice hurts.

At the end, I could feel the famine taking it’s toll physically as I could feel myself shake. I was alright mentally because I knew when my next meal was. A real famine is when you have no certainity of when your next meal is. I found sleeping the best way to ward off the hunger pains. Also playing computer games does literally feed you.

The biggest thing/idea I grasped from my famine this year was what contentment. Sacrificing the thing we depend on most can really put things into perspective. We shouldn’t be fussy about what we eat, as long as we have something/anything nutrious which will sustain us.

I like the bible proverb “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.” –¬†Proverbs 15:17. Who would not prefer to sit down at a table where there is only bread and water but a wonderful atmosphere of love, than to a table loaded with goodies where everyone growls at each other?

I feel even more passionate about the world’s poor and hungry. My action plan is to pump everyone up for next year’s 40 Hour Famine and to be more passionate as an advocate for the world’s poor and hungry.

Next year I want to challenge myself further and do my 40 Hour Famine in the City CBD. I’ll sleep with the homeless and feel more of the poor’s plight. Can’t wait!

As Gandi said, if we wish to reform the world, we must reform ourselves. The hardest part is reforming ourselves because we are all human, frailed and fallen. We are similar to the poor in that regard. Sin isn’t just a personal issue we have to deal with ourselves, its a global infection we all have. Lucky we have Jesus’ heart ready for transplant for those who want it and need it.


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