Simpson University Invites Community to “Fast, Pray, Love” Challenge

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21-Day Challenge: Fast, Pray, Love

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University WorldSERVE students invite members of the North State community to participate with them in a 21-Day “fasting” challenge from First World comforts.

The “Fast, Pray, Love” Challenge, which starts Feb. 1, is part of the training more than 100 students will undergo in preparation for spring and summer mission service trips around the U.S. and the world this year.

Participants are encouraged to “fast” from items such as comfort, the Internet, possessions, necessities, shoes, warmth, cell phones, running water, sleep, friends, vanity, hurry, options, “clean,” yourself, electricity, privacy, waste, and over-consumption.

Sarah Bourns, coordinator for student missions, began The Challenge two years ago, as a way to help students “go beyond what is comfortable and convenient and get a glimpse into normal daily life for many of our global neighbors,” she said.

Bourns and Simpson student Daniel Dixon shared about The Challenge and the university’s service teams on KCNR Free Fire Radio’s morning talk show with Carl and Linda Bott on Jan. 17.

“We found this a fascinating concept that we believe everybody could participate in and gain a great deal of knowledge about themselves,” Carl Bott said.

Visit to read reflections and suggestions for each day.

WorldSERVE team members will spend the last three days of The Challenge fasting from types of food in preparation for a “30-hour famine” on Feb. 21-22.

Those interested in participating in one or more days of The Challenge can follow and comment on starting Feb. 1.

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