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HUNGER STRIKE 2020

During Hunger Strike we learn to identify with the poor around the world and in our own communities while gaining 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!

Save Lives. Love Your Neighbor. Send a Student to School.

Over the years Hunger Strike has raised more than $75,000 in order to provide food to hungry people in developing countries, necessities to rural communities, medical supplies to medical clinics, and dig water wells in rural villages in Tanzania. However, one of the greatest things we can do is educate a student. So, this year the funds the teens raise will benefit St. Paul’s Mission Is Possible in Tanzania by sending deserving students to school. 

Sound strange? Maybe but education is not a guarantee in Tanzania. In fact, education is not a right in many developing countries. Many students never go to Secondary School (the United States’ equivalent of High School). Yet, the best way out of poverty is to give someone an education. 

“Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” – Anonymous

A year at St. Sosthenes Orthodox Secondary Boarding School costs approximately $500, which covers the cost of tuition, books, supplies, and room and board. We’re challenging Hunger Strike participants to raise $500 to help deserving Tanzanian students achieve their dreams of an education. All scholarships will be based on need. Grade maintenance will be required to keep the scholarship. 

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REGISTRATION

Parents can register their teens by clicking on the registration button.

Registration 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 raise money in the Fundraising Guidebook, which you can download here.
  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.   [A special Hunger Strike Coffee Hour is scheduled for Sunday, March 1st—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 required forms and the funds you collect with you when you come for the retreat on Saturday, April 4th.
    If you have questions or need more information contact the church office at 949-733-2366 or carolyn@stpaulsirvine.org
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Downloadable Forms

WHAT TO BRING
Medical Release
Participant Waiver

Why Strike?

UNPLUG AND GET CONNECTED.

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.

LEARN.

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.

DO SOMETHING GOOD.

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.

STRIKE OUT AND FAST!

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.

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primary-school-age children are still denied the right to education
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226 million children do not attend secondary school
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can send a student to a secondary boarding school for a year!
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children who die EACH DAY from hunger alone
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can feed a child in a developing country for a DAY!