In February, Katelin Allison spent nearly two weeks doing missionary work with Glenview Alliance Church in one of the world's poorest countries.
On Friday night, about 30 area youth gathered at the Springfield Township church for a 30-hour famine to fund further missionary work for Grain of Hope, the church's missionary arm, in Burkina Faso, Africa.
"It was fun. It was hot . . . very dusty. Trash was everywhere," the 17-year-old said of the landlocked West African country.
Along with 10 members of her church, Katelin worked to help improve people's lives in the country's capital city of Ouagadougou by putting a new roof on a local church and handing out special tricycles.
The trikes are pedaled by hand, Katelin said, so that people suffering from polio would have a mode of transportation. Without them, they'd have to crawl to where they wanted to go.
But the surroundings weren't all gloomy, she said. There was a nice part of the city complete with mansions -- something Katelin wasn't too fond of.
"It made me mad to see it," she said.
Those people had so much. Why couldn't they help those in need, Katelin thought to herself.
Going without food for a little more than a day is likely nothing compared to the struggles the poor and hungry of the third-world nation live with daily -- but it was enough to raise thousands of dollars.
The youths gave up eating noon Friday and didn't eat again until 6 p.m. Saturday, when they had an "end of the famine feast," said Chris Coakley, the pastor of student ministries at the church. The food came as a donation from a Domino's Pizza in Shrewsbury.
Chris Man, 18, said he was glad to take part in the famine. He even raised more than $1,500 toward the effort.
As part of his fundraising campaign, Chris said, he would shave his head if he hit the $1,000 mark.
With that surpassed, he said he'll live up to his end of the bargain next week -- much to his mother's dismay.
"She wanted me to wait until after graduation," Chris said.
It's likely Chris won't be the only one shaving his head in the near future. Coakley promised to go bald if the youths raised $5,000.
"And I'm pretty sure we're going to meet that," Coakley said.