Guided by youth ministers Keith and Genny Butenshon and Pastor John Wecker, several youth members at the First Lutheran Church, and their friends, participated in World Vision's "30 Hour Famine." They fasted for 30 hours (noon April 27 to 6 p.m. April 28), only drinking juice and water and eating a few saltine crackers.

Genny Butenshon said, "We did a scavenger hunt in the neighborhood, collected items for the local food bank and also prepared a meal for the Astoria Rescue Mission. We have collected almost $700 so far for World Vision, which will feed two children for a year!

"This is the second year we have done this, and the youth are already planning for next year. The project is very meaningful and has quite an impact on all participating."

Pictured above, from left, David Hertenstein, Tyler Johnston, Sydney Johnson, Tyler Hensley, Travis Dowell, Kayla Truax, Emily Johnson, Mary Jo Robertson, Erik Paulsen, Helen Johnson, Jessica Butenshon, Matt Grothe and Keith Butenshon.

Only $1 feeds a child for a day; $30 feeds a child for a month. If anyone would like to donate to this project, they can send checks made out to First Lutheran Church, with "World Vision 30 Hour Famine" in the memo line, to 725 33rd St., Astoria, OR 97103.

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