Participant Stories

  • A Humble Meal At A Humble Church

    Rice & Beans Month begins on March 1, which also happens to be Ash Wednesday. So whether you are thinking of participating for the month of March or for Lent, we will all begin together this year. "Together" is a key concept for Rice & Beans Month, which is why Oak Hills Church in Milwaukie, Oregon, decided to make it a church-wide experience for Lent last year. Thank you to Sarah Sanderson for sharing a ...

    Posted at February 14, 2017 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Rice + Beans = Sponsorship

    by Nina Horn   For the Lahash community, the transition from March to April has shifted our focus from Rice & Beans to child sponsorship. As Rice & Beans Month participant Nina Horn explains, it’s a pretty logical transition… While participating in Rice & Beans month a couple of years ago, our family was inspired to carry the principles of Simplicity, ...

    Posted at April 20, 2016 | By : | Categories : Impact in East Africa,Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • The Cost of Sharing

    Today, as Lent and Rice & Beans Month wind toward a close, we have the third and final installment in our 2016 guest writer series. This week's focus is on the theme of Sharing, particularly poignant as we consider that Christ's death and resurrection make it possible for us to share all the richness of a new life rooted in God's love. On this timely topic, we welcome pastor Bob Brown from Stahl Mennonite Church ...

    Posted at March 25, 2016 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Participant Profile – The Smart Family

    After hearing about the idea for a few years, Peter and Beth Smart gave Rice & Beans Month a try for the first time in 2015, together with a group of friends from church. They discovered that the spiritual and practical elements of this event are truly intertwined…   by Beth Smart Honestly, Rice & Beans Month first piqued my interest because I was tired of ...

    Posted at March 24, 2016 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Are You Fasting?

    This second installment in our 2016 guest writer series focuses on the theme of Solidarity. Each of these writers are not only participating personally in Rice & Beans Month, but also playing a pivotal role in leading the experience for their entire church community. This week, we welcome pastor Tom Smith from First Baptist Church in Silverton, Oregon. “Are you fasting?” A typical ...

    Posted at March 18, 2016 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 1 Comment
  • Participant Profile – The Cussins Family

    This week’s Participant Profile introduces us to the Cussins family. Noah is a student at Sunnyside Christian School in Washington state. Lahash Media Director, Casey Schilperoort, gave a Rice & Beans presentation  last year for the students there, and Noah participated in a school-wide lunch of rice and beans. But that one meal wasn’t nearly enough for this kindhearted boy…

    Posted at March 17, 2016 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • The Beauty of Simplicity

    As our Rice & Beans journey continues, we will be featuring the reflections of three guest writers on the themes of Simplicity, Solidarity, and Sharing. Each of them are not only participating personally, but playing a pivotal role in leading the experience for their entire church community. This week, we welcome Sarah Sanderson from Oak Hills Church in Milwaukie, Oregon. Let’s see… I’ll get out ...

    Posted at March 11, 2016 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 1 Comment
  • Participant Profile – Josh Petersen

    Hearing the stories of other Rice & Beans participants is a great source of encouragement for the journey. Although we unite around a common purpose, our life circumstances and the ways we live out this purpose vary greatly! We'll be featuring three Participant Profiles this month, beginning with Josh Petersen. Josh is a Lahash volunteer, and a student at Warner Pacific University. He participated in Rice & Beans Month for the first time last year with ...

    Posted at March 11, 2016 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Eating Gabriel’s Lunch

    Our two-year-old has learned to pronounce "solidarity," but the best way to learn what it means is to live it! Through the Lahash Sponsorship Program, we sponsor two precious kids in Tanzania named Anjelina and Baraka. We always feel a deeper connection to them during Rice & Beans Month. We love knowing that their food will increase in quantity and variety because our food ...

    Posted at March 9, 2016 | By : | Categories : Impact in East Africa,Participant Stories,recipes,video | 0 Comment
  • Participant Profile – Brownell Family

    The Brownell family is participating in Rice & Beans Month for the first time in 2015, with a theme of “Rice & Beans Around the World.” Their unique take on Rice & Beans Month is inspired by a lifestyle of international travel and meaningful advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people in various parts of the world. Amy and Eugene have been married since 1999, and between the two of them, the list of countries lived or ...

    Posted at March 26, 2015 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,recipes | 0 Comment
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