We have forgotten that the heart of communion is the gathering of souls, not the filling of stomachs. Food gives us a reason to be together, but it is not the reason.
-- A Common Meal: A Devotional and Practical Guide to Rice & Beans Month, published by Lahash International.
A Common Meal is a guide and companion for Rice & Beans month, a project where individuals, families, or communities eat simple meals during the month of March (or Lent) in solidarity with the poor. They then share the savings with hungry families in East Africa.
Portland-based Lahash International started Rice & Beans Month in 2010 in partnership with local ministries in Africa. The goal is to not only provide immediate food distribution, but also to lay the foundation for agricultural programs that will sustain these East Africa families for years to come.
The books offers daily devotions and discussion prompts for each day of Rice & Beans Month, as well inspiring stories and simple recipes. It is a great way to teach kids lessons about material wealth, ease, and comfort, and real spiritual values.
I have one copy of A Common Meal available for a giveaway to someone who is interested in taking part in Rice & Beans Month. Details for the GIVEAWAY are here on this page.
The contest is for readers in the USA and is open until Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 9:00 PST.
Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.