Mercer county youth group to host fast event for world hunger

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Students from the Immanuel Baptist Church will host their annual F-30 fasting event on Friday and Saturday in Princeton to spread awareness on global and local hunger issues. 

During the event, youth and church members will fast for 30 hours and also collect food items that will be donated to the Bluefield Union mission and Tender Mercies in Princeton. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and will end on Saturday at 7 p.m.. Participants will begin fasting at 1 p.m. on Friday. Kyle Neal, the church’s youth pastor says the event will include a free concert, mission projects and games. 

“We’re doing to draw our students and our participants into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and with each other and we want to put a dent into local and global hunger because there is a need here especially here in southern West Virginia with the economic crisis. We’ve got a lot of people in need here,” Neal said. 

The group is also raising money for the Global Hunger relief program. Last year the group raised more than $20,000 and donated more than 9,000 food items.  

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