Jambo! (Hello!)

This year we’ll be going on a virtual trip to Africa. So dig out your pith helmet and your mosquito netting and join us as we travel to the lush, exotic, and mountainous country of Tanzania! During Hunger Strike we learn to identify with the poor around the world and in our own communities and we also gain a deeper and more personal understanding of our Orthodox faith.

Retreat participants fast for 30 hours while they participate in activities to raise both awareness and money for the needs of those in Tanzania who suffer the effects of poverty and who hunger for the hope found in Christ.

This year we’re starting with a Tanzanian breakfast before we begin our fast together. We’ll be building our own village and learning about life in rural Tanzania with some of our games and activities. We’ll also have a chance to meet our Tanzanian Orthodox brothers and sisters via Skype!


Lengo Letu (Our Goal)

Save Lives. Love Your Neighbor. Dig A Well.

This year the funds the teens raise will benefit St. Paul’s Mission Is Possible well digging project in Tanzania. A water well costs about $5,000 to drill and equip but the benefits to the people are priceless.

Please help us reach our goal! Your support is greatly appreciated!

[A special Hunger Strike Coffee Hour is scheduled for Sunday, February 24th—just so   St. Paul parishioners can have an opportunity to donate toward our goal! So bring your receipt books and your smile to church that day!]


Usajili (registration)

Registration will open online on January 27, 2019. Parents can register their teens by clicking on the registration button below.

The registration process is easy:

  1. Complete our online registration form. 
  2. Download, complete and sign the required forms: 1) liability waiver, 2) medical form, and 3) donation form. 
  3. Get all the information you need to fundraise in the Fundraising Guidebook, which you can download at right. 
  4. Once that’s all done you can start fundraising. The Fundraising Guide has great tips, a suggested script, and donor receipts. Be sure to download it. (at right).  [A special Hunger Strike Coffee Hour is scheduled for Sunday, February 24th—just so St. Paul parishioners can have an opportunity to donate toward our goal! So bring your receipt books and your smile to church that day!] 
  5. Bring all three required forms and the funds you collect with you when you come for the retreat on Saturday, April 13th.
    If you have questions or need more information contact the church office at 949-733-2366 or carolyn@stpaulsirvine.org

Downloadable Forms


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.

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!