Connection Church, located in Medina, Ohio, or more specifically the lead pastor, Tony Myles, has challenged the congregation, friends and family to live on beans and rice for one week, beginning November 7 through 11, 2011. If participants cannot eat these items, then they are challenged to abstain from their favorite coffee drinks, candy and snacks for the week.
The purpose of this program, Presence for Africa, is to raise awareness of the living conditions experienced by a group of 40 beautiful children who attend Kingdom Champions school at Gospel Harvest Ministries in Nairobi, Kenya. These children, many of whom are orphaned, are fed twice a day, five days a week, a mixture of beans and rice – a dish called yoyo. Most meals are cooked outdoors over an open fire and are eaten by hand. Meat is a real rarity to these children.
At the end of the week, participants are encouraged to donate the amount of money that they have saved on groceries or other treats during the week. These donations will be sent directly to Bishop Lawrence Owino Ormondi to help pay for food and supplies for the children. Currently the Bishop states they are operating on a budget of about $200 per week to feed the children and house the volunteers, so they are in great need of any assistance they may receive.
Some participants have struggled with eating plain rice and beans with very little, if any, seasoning, but most are determined to stay focused on the children and their needs and help out as much as possible. Parents are encouraged to allow their children to participate with the understanding that they will need a more nutritional breakfast and lunch, but that it is a great opportunity for developing their compassion for others by fully participating for their evening meal.
Connection Church sponsors many such events for the Medina area including a Dress for the Mess Harvest party, Vacation Bible School, Youth Group events, Shirt Off Your Back caring for homeless in Cleveland, Ohio, Back to School Festivals where backpacks and school supplies are given out to needy neighborhood children, Connection Cupboard that serves as a food pantry for Medina County residents, and many other events – all open to the public.
For more information regarding this event you can contact Connection Church at 330-461-3964, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at 2524 Medina Road on route 18, a half mile east of I-71 in the Sharon Commons. Sunday morning services are held at 9:15 and 11 a.m.