… the more you eat, the more money you raise for Tearfund!
This last week my housemate, Emily, and I ate plain rice and plain beans, drank only water and stared longingly through the windows of Sainsbury’s as we passed. It was the Mean Bean challenge, run by Tearfund to raise money for families across the world who live in poverty. Every £10 we raised will provide teaching and resources for an entire family, providing a sustainable source of food. That made the hunger pangs, cravings and lack of energy all worth it.
It wasn’t the meals themselves that made the week a challenge; it was more the in-between times, the walking-past-the-chip-shop-covering-our-noses-so-as-not-to-be-tempted times (yes, that did happen!). The first day wasn’t so bad, the meals still being a novelty, but on day two I had a lingering headache that I think was my body going through sugar withdrawal! Day three I walked up Conduit at the pace of a snail, very ready for my lunch, but even after eating, I didn’t feel satisfied. Like a tantruming toddler, my body moaned it was hungry and, when fed, claimed that it wasn’t hungry for rice; it was hungry for cheese or biscuits or apples or bread… Day four: the end was in sight and I wanted it to come faster. Rice and beans just didn’t keep me full. I was going to bed early, partly because I was low on energy, and partly so I didn’t get hungry before falling asleep. Finally, day five. We went to the shops, knowing that in the morning we could eat food that tasted of something, food that would be a pleasure to eat.
But we were so aware that not everyone would be able to do this. For so many people, three meals a day simply doesn’t happen, let alone a varied and enjoyable diet. So as I write this on Saturday morning, about to go and have my wonderful, nutritional, and delicious breakfast, I thank God for this week, for giving me the smallest glimpse of how privileged I am and for honouring me with the opportunity to help people across the world.
Altogether, (so far!) we have raised £564, which means fifty-six families will be lifted out of poverty. That is mind blowing. It cost me so little and means so much.
So I’d encourage you to pray for those across the world who are suffering and to pray for the amazing work of Tearfund. (Head to their website if you want to donate.) I’ve learnt to thank God for every meal He puts in front of me and to celebrate the sacrifices. Maybe that’s a challenge for you, to consider if there’s something you could give away, or simply thank God for how He has blessed you today.
This post was written by Molly Flynn.