Surrounded by so much bounty it's easy to forget those around the world who are in economic and spiritual poverty. It's not just easy to forget when surrounded by bounty, it's easy to forget each and every day of the year. In an attempt to remind ourselves and our families about others' needs in the world, what would it look like to once a day, week or month (however often you need reminding) to eat an overly simple meal? No meat, no sweets, no second helpings. Rice and beans, perhaps. If there is a country your family is interested in learning about, what would it be like to research what foods their poor or lower class eat and try to mimic their diet for a meal? This would help give us a better global perspective on our brothers and sisters around the world and free up some income to give back to them through aid and mission support.
Burundi rice and beans. Photo courtesy of Dianabuja's Blog
Here is some sobering information that might spur us on....
Did you know that of the nearly two billion dollars American Evangelicals give each year to mission organizations is one forth what they spend on weight loss programs? Let that roll around inside your brain for a minute. There's more...
"A person must overeat by at least two dollars worth of food per month to maintain one excess pound of flesh."
Go on, do the math in your head. I have some math to do of my own.
"Yet, two dollars per month is more than what 90% of all Christians in America give to missions. If the average mission supporter is only five pounds overweight, it means he spends (to his own hurt) at least five times as much as he gives for missions. If he were to choose simple food (as well as not overeat) he could give ten times as much as he does to mission and not modify his standard of living in any other way!" (- Ralph Winter, former missionary and General Director of the Frontier Mission Fellowship which birthed the U.S. Center for World Mission in his article Reconsecration)
I don't offer these quotes to make you feel guilty about anything, so put a stop to that guilt-trip that's rising up. I offer them in an attempt to inspire all of us (including myself) to look at things in a different light.
Starting tomorrow, I will occasionally be posting simple recipes (some from other countries) that our family will be eating in an attempt to direct some of our outlandish food spending (and eating) to more important causes...helping others and furthering God's Kingdom.
And if the results lead to more loose fitting clothes...so be it. Pin It