Thursday, June 4, 2009

Beans, Beans, the...well you get the picture.

Our first week of summer has been so fun and relaxing, but a little more interesting than I thought it would be.

One of the guys who works with Trey at Mercy Street took his twelve year old mentee on a mission trip to Zambia. They left Sunday afternoon.

Monday morning, Trey reminded me that we had agreed to spend this week praying for these friends. Oh, and eating what, like, 90% of the world eats on a daily basis; rice, beans, and oatmeal.

"Seriously?"

"Yes. Seriously."

"But prayer is so powerful on it's own and I think I actually pray more fervently with Milk Duds by my side." I don't really, I was just angling for a loophole.

"I know you do baby, but it will be a good reminder to us of how blessed we are to have all we have in this country."

"Fine."

I think Trey could tell I wasn't excited. Excited, no - but I was all in.

The kids, not so much. They've tried, but cheated a little with go-gurts, bananas, and fresh baked brownies that my sweet (or evil) friend Lauren made for us.

Sadie said from the get-go that she "didn't think she was going to partithipate" but even she's eaten her fair share of beans and rice.

Now don't get me wrong, I haven't been exactly hard core. I KNOW Mild Dud's don't grow on trees in Zambia but I've pretty much convinced myself that Diet Coke is a staple around the world and, last night, when my friend Tracy brought dinner for Mercy Street Fellowship, I couldn't not eat a little plate of her fabulous chicken spaghetti.

I mean, that would have just been rude.

Aside from that, we've spent the week eating some really bland meals but it has been an incredible reminder of how much we take for granted - even the food on our table. With over a billion people on this planet earning less than $1 a day, what is it that I need that I don't already have?

I'm pretty sure, not much.

7 comments:

Jen said...

What a great idea! Having been over in Africa for trips I can tell you two things..

1. Rice, beans and oatmeal every day does get old and I was reminded of how much I have.

2. No matter how far you go in the bush, there is always Coke to be found. I saw it in some of the most remote places.

Holli said...

WOW! We will defiantly be doing this at our house!

Jennifer said...

You picked the right foods! Beans, rice, and oatmeal-like-substances are the staples of the entire continent. Hey - in Botswana, so is hot tea. I have NO IDEA why, since it's constantly at least 90 degrees there, but they love it. So, you may be able to justify some tea time.

Abby said...

Love the reminder...

Kim said...

You're totally right about the Coke. We've never been anywhere you couldn't buy a Coke, even in the deep bush in Uganda.

In fact, the Coke bottling plant in Uganda was more heavily guarded than any embassy we saw. Seriously. They have armed guards posted every 100 feet or so around the perimeter of the property. Guards armed with BIG guns.

Cracked.Us.Up.

We had to always have some empty bottles with us, to trade in when we bought a cold soda as we traveled or whatever. Because nobody, and I mean NOBODY, would let you take a Coke off premises without a bottle in exchange. (And this is not unique to Uganda we've heard; it's everywhere in Africa). When we'd clean out the car periodically, all the empties got put back in the back floor board :-)

So just make sure you have some empties with you at all times and tell Trey you're TOTALLY doing what they would in Africa.

Karin Katherine said...

Drink your coke warm and you'll be good to go. That's how you get it. Not with ice and not too cold.

What about the ostrich and the warthog? I had that many a night for dinner while on safari.

Sue said...

Really gives ya perspective huh? I commend you guys for doing that. We really do take our countries (US & Canada) for granted with all we have... and all we toss away that some people would die for.

I'm sure your friends appreciate your efforts as you pray and "fast" ;-)