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Lake Junaluska summer youth events partner with Stop Hunger Now


Lake Junaluska Summer Youth events’ adopted theme, “One Bread, One Body,” has led to an inspired partnership with Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. The theme is based on Romans 12:5 and relates to being the body of Christ in the world through service, worship, and community, which includes feeding the hungry.

When the theme was first chosen, Jennifer Martin, Lake Junaluska’s director of program ministries, saw the potential for the partnership: “I had worked with Stop Hunger Now in the past and felt there was scope for an on-site mission opportunity that fit perfectly with the agency and with this year’s theme.”

During the nine youth events scheduled to run June 12 – July 20, attendees will package 50,000 meals for hungry people across the world and also raise the funds to cover the costs. Stop Hunger Now perfected the assembly packaging process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. The food stores easily, has a shelf life of two years, and transports quickly. Each meal costs only 29 cents.

“For our youth, the project is a hands-on way to not only give money to a good cause, but also physically package the meals knowing they will go directly to the people who need them,” said Martin.

The packaging and fundraising responsibilities will be spread across the nine scheduled events with a total expected attendance of more than 1,500 youth, grades six through 12. “We let the youth come up with creative ways to raise money,” said Martin, “from making bracelets to sell to their friends at camp to selling popsicles at volleyball matches.” Last year’s youth raised more than $10,000 for their adopted theme.

Church groups are invited to register for this year’s youth events. While the events offer evening worship and devotion sessions, daily free time is given in which groups might choose to work with a community agency on an additional service project.

Groups interested in registering should contact Jennifer Martin, director of program ministries, at or 828-454-6716. For more information on Lake Junaluska 2014 Summer Youth Events, visit

Lake Junaluska Youth Events, Summer 2014

June 12-15: Tiffany Knowlin, Speaker
Abbye West Pates, Worship Leader

June 15-19: Chris Hughes, Speaker
Abbye West Pates, Worship Leader

June 22-26: Andy Lambert, Speaker
Second Hand City, Worship Leader

June 26-29: Kevin Wright, Speaker
Forgotten City, Worship Leader

July 3-6: Duffy Robbins, Speaker
Eddie Willis and The Narrow Path, Worship Leader

July 6-10: Tim Reaves, Speaker
Second Hand City, Worship Leader

July 10-13: Steve Cheyney, Speaker
Forgotten City, Worship Leader

July 13-17: Celia Whitler, Speaker
Celia Whitler and friends, Worship Leader

July 17-20: Shane Claiborne, Speaker
Ciona Rouse, Speaker
Second Hand City, Worship Leader


Stephanie Drum
Lake Junaluska