Darfur Fast for Life

We fast in solidarity with the hungry and starving in Darfur and for lasting peace in Sudan

Mike Skupin’s Journal – The 72nd hour …

July 05, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

Finally, the end of the third day, the end of the 72 hour fast is here. Can you imagine how many meals I’ve planned in my head over the past 3 days? You’d imagine I’d have spent the last 2 hours of the fast preparing food, laying out everything perfectly, main course(s), side-dish(es), drink (anything but water) then clock-watching until the hour struck yet it came and went amazingly anticlimactically. The actual act of non-eating astonishingly became more the norm than eating. After a while “the cause begins to consume you and the fight begins to transcend the pain of hunger.

I could journal for hours of the internal perspective you realize about yourself, about the world, about others through this process. It’s an amazing adventure, ever part of it!

I know one thing for sure; it will be a very long time if ever that I take a meal for granted or sip a beverage without thinking about those kids.

I have well over 3,000 Facebook friends and will post this opportunity….curious to see how many will join this war and starvation.

Sadly, we all become a bit self-absorbed in our own lives, we are blessed with so much but to take a moment for a stranger, an angel, a fellow brother or sister requires more effort than we are often willing to give it.

I may have been that guy. This fast did more to change me internally possibly than any awareness or difference I may make for those hungry kids. Many more people in need will benefit as a result of my three day fast.

Understand, this is so much more than not eating for 3-days. I suggest it’s impossible not to change internally for the much, much better. I challenge you to become that change for yourself and for those in need.

Tomorrow it’s life as usual for me. Everything’s back to normal. The abundance of food is back. The physical pangs and the emotional torture of the fast will be gone. This “light at the end of my hunger tunnel” is here. I still can’t stop thinking that those kids have no light. There is not an “end” to their pain unless we become that “end”.

This was my first fast, it will certainly not be my last

God Bless all of you,

Michael Skupin

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