ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - A group of approximately 50 high school and college students will go hungry this weekend. They're all members of the Clements Baptist Church in Limestone County, and they will fast for 30-hours to help raise money so that others won't have to go hungry.
Youth Pastor Justin Beddingfield tells WHNT News 19 this is the 2nd year the church has held the event. Last year, the students raised $10,000. This year's goal is $15,000.
Beddingfield says the students have been asking for donations, pledges, and prayers, that they will be able to raise funds to provide food, medicines and housing for the extremely poor in the Horn of Africa.
The students will construct cardboard "housing" in the church, where they will spend the weekend without the basic necessities. Beddingfield says this action is their inspiration to fully appreciate the plight of the world's extremely poor.