Recipe Round-up :: Rice and Beans
Our church did this crazy experiment last year….. a church wide fast to save money so we could invest in organizations outside of our church and change our city and the world. Ambitious? Yes!
The plan was to eat nothing but rice and beans for a week, and then donate the money saved on groceries and eating out for that week to organizations outside of our church. My whole family got into it. I won’t say it was easy. It wasn’t. By the second day the novelty had certainly wore off. But, it was a great exercise in faith and pride and telling our flesh to just shut-up.
It turns out that about half of the church participated last year. It was such an amazing experience that I truly hope and pray that everyone really ‘digs in’ this year. With only half of the church participating in 2013 we were still able to raise $377,036.06 for three fantastic organizations!! (it’s a big church.) In seven days! Just by rearranging our eating habits. Ridiculous! And amazing.
My family was challenged mentally, physically and spiritually and I’m looking forward to it again this year! We’re gonna get the heck on out of our comfort zone AGAIN and try to identify with how 2/3rds of the world’s population eats every single day. BEANS AND RICE BABY!
Over 1.2 billion people in the world eat only one cup of rice and one cup of beans per day. That’s for the whole day!!
I will be adding some seasonings and veggies to some of our meals. I’m also going to use things that are already in our pantry and fridge to go with the rice and beans for some meals here and there. I know some families who didn’t go to the store at all and didn’t eat rice and beans, but limited their entire week of meals to just things they found in their pantry! Great idea. I encourage you to join us! Do what makes sense for you and your family. Maybe it’s one meal a day. Maybe it’s not eating out.
The point of the fast for me is
- to live on a simplified diet for a week
- feel hunger
- be uncomfortable
- exercise my faith
- trust God
- feel a bond with those who live like this everyday
- and save our grocery budget to invest in the kingdom and in others.
I can NOT wait to see what kind of impact our church is going to have this year. We’re partnering with other area churches that are part of the Church of Cincinnati! (PS. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that I’m part of a church that is part of The Church of Cincinnati!) ;)
I’ll share how my family does and how the whole community does with you at the end. ;)
Who’s with me?
And to get you even more excited about beans and rice….here are some rice and bean recipes that look good to me.
31. And this guy. I couldn’t find a link or recipe. But, you get the picture.
And to make it even more fun, follow along with all the participants of beans and rice week by using #beansandriceweek on social media. You won’t be sorry. ;)
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