Have you ever wondered how Rice & Beans Month got started? Executive Director Dan Holcomb shares a few words about the origins of this unique event:   Several years ago, I took an honest look at our organization. I saw a team filled with passionate activism making...

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...

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 &...

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...

We could all use a little encouragement as we simplify our diets this month! We hope these words from our friend and East African partner, Mama Esther, provide you with some of that needed inspiration as we approach the end of Rice & Beans Month. We...

Special thanks to guest blogger, Nina Horn, for sharing her family's story of how community deepens the experience of Rice & Beans Month. ___________ “Mama, can we eat rice and beans today, pleeeaase?” My four year old son begged as he came into the kitchen for breakfast....

It isn't always easy for kids to eat rice and beans for a month but here's a fun way to get them excited. One of our child sponsors, Matt Mahder, created a coloring page that you can download to give kids another tangible way to...

"Rice and Beans Anyone?" written by Virginia Whitney In the fall of 2013, I traveled to Tanzania with the Lahash team. My experience was amazing. I would even venture to say life changing. We stayed in people’s homes, ate the local food, and rode the public transportation....

"Planning to Eat More" written by John Dictson Every year, I find myself making lists of resolutions. Resolutions to pray and study the Bible more, to strengthen relationships with friends and family and, of course, to exercise and eat better. My annual resolution to eat better usually includes...

"Seeing Beyond" written by Melinda Haak We have felt many times in our 11 years of marriage like we couldn’t reach out to help or minister to someone because we simply couldn’t afford to. We couldn’t cook a meal for a friend because, frankly, we barely had...