District Campers "Race" to Stop Hunger
During the five weeks of District Camp, the campers have been participating in a mission project to relieve hunger in the world. The Lakeview Methodist Conference Center hosted their annual church camp, where 67 churches lent a helping hand to end world hunger.
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization committed to
distributing food and providing lifesaving aid to children and families all over the world. Representatives of Stop Hunger Now teamed up with the various district camps in hopes of packaging 250,000 meals over the course of five weeks. To start off the program, the North by Northwest District campers packaged 63,000 meals the first week. The South District campers packaged 40,000 meals the second week of camp. The remaining weeks will complete the competition with the Southeast District, Central North/Central South/Southwest District, and East/West District.
“Packaging meals may not seem like an average camp activity, “ says Jeff McDonald of First UMC Chandler, “but to the campers of Lakeview it was an opportunity to alleviate hunger in the world.” In Matthew 25:35 Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.”
Methodist students chose to take time out of their day to reach out to those in need. As a team, various groups of children and youth worked together to form an assembly line, and each line contributed to create a precise mixture of dehydrated vegetables, rice, soy, and essential vitamins and minerals. The bags will be packed, stored, and shipped to crisis areas all over the world. This week’s hard work is going to Belize and Haiti to relieve hunger. Adds McDonald, “With every 1,000 meals packaged, the Stop Hunger Now crew rang a gong, which reinvigorated the kids to work harder and faster. “
Along with packaging meals for the mission, the campers, counselors, and directors generously substituted a typical meal for one that consisted of only rice and beans. By each camper substituting rice and beans for a meal, Lakeview was able to donate a portion of the money that would have been spent on dinner to the mission. “The campers were able to participate in a handsâ€Âon mission, help alleviate hunger, and have fun all at the same time,” he adds. “We appreciate the support of Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church for the generous Permanent Endowment Fund. Without the help of Moody Memorial and all attendees of District Camp the mission to stop hunger now would not have been accomplished.”