This year I am trying the TearFund Mean Bean Challenge.
It is a simple idea – eat only rice and beans for a week. As much rice and beans as you want. But ONLY rice and beans (oh and porridge for breakfast!) In our community we had decided to do a rice and bean night once per week, but having tried that for two weeks and read some reflections from others who took up the challenge we have decided to give it a go!
Of course for much of the world it would not seem unusual – many people live every day with an impoverished diet – but for us, surrounded by variety and choice, unused to hunger, it will be difficult!
I will write some updates as I go along, so watch this space!
We are planning to make it a time to:
FAST – obviously, although it’s more about abstaining really
PREPARE – we will be reflecting on the experience, how it affects us and hopefully growing in gratitude for all that we have.
PRAY – for generosity and compassion towards those who live with less
GIVE – the money we save will go to charity