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Hunger Strike Retreat March 24-25, 2018

Orthodox Christian teens have a chance to make a difference in the world by their participation in the 2018 Hunger Strike retreat. All teens 13 – 18 years old are invited to attend Hunger Strike on the weekend of March 24 and 25, 2018 here at St. Paul’s. Registration is now open. Parents can also register their teens here by clicking on the button below or by calling the church office (949) 733-2366.

What is Hunger Strike?

Hunger Strike is a pan-Orthodox youth ministry retreat hosted by St. Paul’s. Hunger Strike helps teens to identify with the poor and respond compassionately to those living in harsh conditions in developing countries and in their local communities. Participating teens gain a deeper understanding of their Orthodox faith and a closer relationship to Jesus Christ and each other. Retreat attendees fast for 30 hours while they participate in activities to raise both awareness and money for the needs of those throughout the world who suffer the effects of poverty and who hunger for the hope found in Christ.

Support a Hunger Striker
People in the world with poor access to water
children under age 5 who die EACH DAY because of hunger, disease & poverty
children who die EACH DAY from hunger alone
can feed a child in a developing country for a DAY!


Active engagement with the issues we encounter during Hunger Strike.


More people in the world have cell phones than access to a toilet.   Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.  2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation.  There are 16,000 people groups unreached by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Encourage your teens to find sponsors so others can find hope!


Think big.  Act Bigger.

This year the funds the teens raise will benefit IOCC, OCMC, FOCUS, and the people of Tanzania.
Hunger Strike provides awareness and funds to make a difference in these areas.





Support a Hunger Striker

Why Strike?


Most people are “plugged in” to their social media sites, spending hours a day engrossed in the constant stream of information, entertainment, and images our phones and computers churn out. Ironically, being “plugged in” to our Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts we run the risk of becoming disconnected from family, friends, and sometimes even our faith. Hunger Strike is the perfect opportunity for young people to ‘unplug’ and get connected to what is most important.


Teens will learn about the plight of the needy and poor in developing countries and even here in the United States. They’ll learn about those who hunger for hope that we know is found in Christ. They’ll learn about how we, as Orthodox Christians, are called to go into the world (Matthew 28:19). To love our neighbor (Matthew 25:35) and to be a light in the world (Matthew 5:15). We are called to make a difference. Plus, Hunger Strike participants will learn about Orthodox Christianity in a more personal and real way and experience the responsibility of belonging to the universal Church.


Standing up for what you believe in…for what is right… takes courage and strength. Hunger Strike participants will inspire their families, their neighbors, and their parish with their efforts to change the world around them and the lives of those around the world.


Fasting isn’t anything new to Orthodox Christians around the world. Fasting allows our hearts and minds to seek out that which truly nourishes us, Christ’s love, and is a tool as we grow closer to Christ in repentance and humility.

Most Hunger Strike participants will strive to fast from all food during Hunger Strike retreat in order to experience the fullness of the fast. Teens will experience hunger firsthand and get a glimpse at life without food. By participating in Hunger Strike, not only will teens have the opportunity to grow spiritually, but they will also be able to connect emotionally, physically, and mentally with those around the world that will be helped by the funds they raise.

Church School 2017-18