by Sarah Case
“Revive”, Heritage Christian Academy’s theme this year, from the book of Romans. When the Holy Spirit is working in us, a revival happens and we respond by serving God and becoming part of His plan to build His kingdom. Revive is defined by Webster’s dictionary as to return to life; to recover life or strength; to live anew.
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a nonprofit christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in both body and spirit. I first learned about FMSC from a youth at our church who had packed meals previously for FMSC. She convinced me that it was a fun event and impactful for learning to serve others. During our first food pack for FMSC in the summer of 2014, I was amazed at the outpouring of love and excitement that went into packing each bag of rice, soy, vegetables and vitamins. I remember after we packed the meals, they gathered our group together to pray over the box we packed. Then they shared with us that these children often eat dirt biscuits which is a combination of dirt and rocks. Parents feed these to their children because it fills their stomachs and helps them sleep. This was impactful knowing that the food we packed was going straight from our hands into the hands of orphanages in over 70 countries to help starving children. I cannot think of a better way to revive our own spirit and the spirit of those in need than to work together packing meals for children in need. When we work together to accomplish an unselfish goal, the Holy Spirit moves in us, reviving us as well.
The second annual FMSC Slammin’ Famine packing event is scheduled for February 26th. Heritage Christian Academy’s kindergarten through 12th grade students will join NOCO Slammin’ Famine on February 26th from 12 to 2 p.m. to pack meals for the second straight year. The Slammin’ Famine organization packs meals for “Feed My Starving Children” (FMSC) who in turn distribute meals throughout the world to those in need. The students will be packing meals consisting of rice, soy, vitamins and dehydrated vegetables. These food packets are called MannaPack and refers to the spiritual food that was provided to the Israelites while they were wandering in the desert.
Students at Heritage reflected about the packing event and their remarks showed true of their hearts.
“I feel deeply enriched by Slammin’ Famine every time I attend because it gives me an insight into lives very different from my own and brings our school together in service. This year will be especially fulfilling personally because our school theme of Anazao (revival) has been leading me to be more compassionate and caring towards others.” — Hannah
“I’m excited by the opportunity to serve with Slammin’ Famine. It will allow me to reach out in a way I wouldn’t be able to otherwise.” — Jakob
“Serving God by serving others leaves my soul richly supplied. It’s a great reminder that God provides, even by using the small things I do.” — Brooklyn
“Slammin’ Famine provides our school with an opportunity to unite and serve. It has brought us closer together and opened our eyes to the reality of some peoples sufferings. It is always enlightening to see pictures of those in need so it is a privilege to be able to actually serve the people we see pictures of. This year, I have learned that to have true revival, we must first be broken. To hear stories of people in these third world countries both informs us of their brokenness and breaks our hearts. Slammin’ Famine is a great opportunity to start a spark for a revival in our hearts and in the hearts of those we are serving.” — Ashley
“It was fun last year and I look forward to doing it again this year. It gives me a feeling of self-worth to be able to help an organization that helps those in need.” — Branden
“We get to have fun and hang out with friends while serving. The event makes serving enjoyable! By helping others, we can help revive them physically and spiritually. By serving others it will help us get revived and closer to God.” — Tiffany
“Slammin’ Famine is a fun and engaging way for our student body to interact, but also to help those in need. We as a body have the opportunity to interact with all grades and grow closer as a unit. More importantly, we get to further God’s kingdom by reaching out to those in need. I think that serving people sparks something inside our school and gets us closer to a revival.” — Luke
“Slammin’ Famine is an exhilarating and fulfilling event where the student body gets to interact and unite with one another. All the while, we get to help others in need. This event assists our revival by opening our eyes to the struggles that exist in the world, and allows us to realize how fortunate we are. Through Slammin’ Famine, the student body grows closer because there is no better way to begin friendships than having a mutual goal of helping others.” — Emily
Preschool through 12th grade joined together to raise money for FMSC with “Penny Wars.” The classes competed, each trying to raise money through pennies and add negative points to other classes with dollars and silver coins. The “Penny Wars” lasted seven days and raised a total of $822.48. Truly amazing! It was inspiring to see an event pushed out by our high school student council and carried all the way through tiny hands in preschool. All ages working together toward the common goal of feeding God’s children hungry in both body and spirit. A true revival in the life of our students and well as those receiving the MannaPacks.