A Simple Sacrifice for an Incredible Impact

by Amanda|

It’s 6:30 pm on a typical Thursday night. My husband, Matt, just walked in the door from work, and my two boys, Jacob and Benji, are excited to see their dad. Dinner is simmering on the stove, just about ready to serve and eat, so I prompt the boys to go wash up. As they make their way back into the kitchen and get settled in their chairs, we take a moment to thank God for our food and for the opportunity to be a part of the Beans & Rice Challenge at Northshore.

The Beans & Rice Challenge is a week where we substitute our normal meals for beans and rice, and whatever money we save from substituting our meals goes toward a mission project. This year’s project involves providing scholarships to women who were recently rescued from human trafficking in Spain.

This is our third time participating in the Beans & Rice Challenge at Northshore, and we simply love doing it as a family. Yes, even our young boys! Sure, they love chicken nuggets and mac ’n cheese, but they also love trying new things. Before we started the challenge, we asked the boys what kinds of beans & rice recipes they would like to try, so it gave them a way to buy into the challenge, inviting them to be personally involved.

For Matt and me, it’s always been important for us to teach our kids to be aware of how other people around the world live and how many cultures only have one simple meal a day. It’s also an opportunity for us to talk to our kids about other countries and cultures, and how God cares for each and every one of them. And so, eating beans and rice for an entire week helps us teach our kids, in a tangible way, to be incredibly thankful for the many simple things God gives us in life that we so often take for granted.

It’s crazy and humbling to think that such a small sacrifice of changing our food for an entire week can go toward changing other people’s lives, as most people will never have the opportunity to swap out their food to save money. And it’s incredible to think we have an opportunity as a family to be, in a sense, the hands and feet of Jesus and to put our faith into action.

It’s now 9:30 pm. The kids are asleep, the dishes are put away, and I’m getting ready for bed. But before I turn in for the night, I decide to take a moment and post today’s beans and rice challenge on Facebook. For one, I do it to share and encourage others to join in the experience of eating like the rest of the world. But also, it gives me an opportunity to share my faith with friends who don’t really know Jesus. I’m excited to see how this challenge will impact people around the world.

Join us this Sunday at 8, 9:30, or 11am to hear the final amount raised during the Beans & Rice Challenge. Be prepared to be blown away!


 

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