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  • Rice & Beans in Community: A Note From Pastor Brown

    Portlanders Matthew and Nina Horn relocated to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and joined the fellowship at Stahl Mennonite Church. They introduced their new church family to Rice & Beans Month, with the encouragement of Pastor Bob Brown. Even though the Horn family has since returned to Portland, Pastor Brown and Stahl Mennonite are continuing the Rice & Beans tradition as a 40-day Lenten experience. Pastor Brown shares the following thoughts about what this has meant for their ...

    Posted at March 17, 2015 | By : | Categories : impact,Participant Stories | 0 Comment
  • 26Together: We Love You!

    by Josh Petersen, 26Together Coordinator Familiarity. Permanence. Reliability. These are things that children of Amazing Grace in Northern Uganda rarely experienced before coming to the Children’s Home. As orphans and refugees, they have lived in unfamiliar lands, lacked the consistent presence of caregivers, ...

    Posted at March 13, 2015 | By : | Categories : impact,Impact in East Africa,Participant Stories | 0 Comment
  • Hunger Season

    article by Esther EB Muhagachi, Program Director at Grace and Healing Ministry (GHMD) in Dodoma, Tanzania The times for hunger in Tanzania differ from region to region. In the region of Dodoma, we have a rainy season only once a year, beginning in late November. This is the time that people prepare to plant their food crops. The peak rainfall is in December and January. In ...

    Posted at March 10, 2015 | By : | Categories : impact,Impact in East Africa,Uncategorized | 0 Comment

    Whether you started rice and beans for Lent in February, or are just entering week two of March, it's a great time for a little recipe inspiration. Rice & Beans Month participants posted the following recipes to the Rice & Beans facebook page: From Lin Willet - sweet potato cakes with black bean salsa (served at the Kickoff Dinner - yum!)

    Posted at March 9, 2015 | By : | Categories : recipes,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • If You’re Hungry, Raise Your Hand

    It is one of the first skills children learn at school. If you want to say something, if you know the answer, if you need attention, raise your hand. Be identified. Say, “I’m here.” For the children in the Nutrition Program at Grace and Healing Ministries in Dodoma, Tanzania (GHMD), being identified impacts not only their school experience but every area of life, because it means their HIV status is out in the open.

    Posted at March 7, 2015 | By : | Categories : impact,Impact in East Africa,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Rice & Beans – Kids’ Perspectives!

    Charis, Tobin, and Arden are three kids who participated in Rice & Beans Month for the first time last year. If your family is thinking about joining this year, you might be interested in what they have to say: What did you like about Rice & Beans Month? "Getting to try new recipes and eating the same fare as the kids in Africa, even if it was in ...

    Posted at March 5, 2015 | By : | Categories : impact,Participant Stories | 0 Comment
  • Participant Profile – Serena Haak

    Serena Haak has a rice allergy. But that didn't stop her from participating creatively! As a Portland Central Young Life leader, she spends a lot of time hanging out with high school students who have little or no familiarity with following Jesus, and no exposure to an idea like Rice & Beans Month:

    Posted at February 26, 2015 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Participant Profile – Keith and Jen Johnson Family

    How does Rice & Beans Month work for families with kids? Many families in the U.S. and other parts of the world have been figuring this out for the past five years, with meaningful and positive results! Here is one example: Hoping to make Rice & Beans Month an annual family event, we didn’t want our kids to hate it the first year. When our girls were four and five, we started with one dinner of ...

    Posted at February 26, 2015 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Participant Profile – Jim and Annette Anderson

    Jim Anderson and his wife, Annette, are treasured members of the Portland Lahash community. They ate a lot of rice and beans during the first few years of the event! They now live in a senior community. Jim shares a few reflections on how this transition has changed their approach: "Living in a senior community complicates Rice & Beans Month. ...

    Posted at February 25, 2015 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
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