Monthly Archives: September 2014


Snapshots from the Jungle: Loaves & Fish

One of my all time favorite ministries in Belize is the grocery ministry and the breaking bread ministry.

For the grocery ministry, I love being able to go up and down the aisles in a store picking out all sorts of food items and other necessities for families in the communities we serve. It’s exciting to watch the teams as they are running around with carts in the stores and then going pack and having a blast as we divide up all the rice, flour and beans that we have bought and then dividing everything up into piles for each family. It is a beautiful blessing to have the means to give.  It is also an amazing thing to see the generosity of those we connect with in the stores. There have been multiple occasions as I am checking out that a store manager or someone will come up and ask us what we are doing and after telling them they will throw in something for free or offer us a discount we weren’t expecting. Praise God for his provision!

During this ministry I have been reminded several times of the miracle that Jesus showed during the feeding of the five thousand. As we are packing and praying over the food, no matter how many times I have counted and recounted, for some reason there is always left over. There is always more. If we planned for 20 families we’ll have enough for 22. Or we will end up with enough for our cooks or to give to the pastor and his family.  God gives us the opportunity to bless even more. I love these times where I get to see God move and to see Him work. I love watching how He works through the teams and how he shows them how mighty He is. I love the opportunities that come to pray with the families and to love on them and show them Christ’s love.

The breaking bread ministry is also one of my favorites mostly because of the fellowship and camaradie that comes out of those nights. It’s so much fun to spend all afternoon preparing and packing up food whether its fried rice or lasagnas and then heading out into the communities. For this ministry, the pastor will pick out families in his community and for that evening we will divide up and take food into their homes and share a meal with them. Being able to sit around with these families playing games, sharing a delicious meal and just enjoying each others company is a beautiful thing. Getting to share your life with someone in that way is an experience that everyone should have.  I encourage you to gather a group of friends and perhaps begin a meal ministry like this in your own church or community. Make a habit of sharing a meal with others every once in awhile. You will be glad that you did.

God is so good. He is so mighty. He is so beautiful.


Food for Thought – It’s Like Cold??

“When starting to think through the realities of day to day life on a mission trip, one question you may be thinking is “What will I eat?” In this series, PPM’s Missions Coordinators and Full-time Missionaries want to offer you a little insight into the delicious international cuisine we get to eat on a day to day basis. So come and join us on a trip and don’t be afraid to taste the flavors of the world!”

In the majority of the countries where we serve cold water is a luxury. Ice is not something that is necessary all the time and to be honest its hard to find unless you are near a store. Everyday we fill our water jugs multiple times from a 5 gallon blue water jug. In Belize, its a Crystal water jug. Using this practice not only do you get great muscle tone through the continuous lifting of said bottle but you stay hydrated. The downside? It can be lukewarm.

When we do get ice, it is a great day. A glorious day. For this reason one of my favorite foods from Belize, aside from the amazing Stew Chicken, Rice & Beans, and Coleslaw (which you can read about Here) my absolute favorite thing is Belizean Cold Cake. It’s a delicious combination of shortbread-like cookies, cream and fruit. The best part? It’s Cold. Yes, you read that right…It’s cold. After you combine the delicious ingredients you cover it up and stick it in the refrigerator or the freezer for three amazing hours and out comes one of the best things you will ever experience.  Each and every time I find out from the cooks that we are having it and I try to tell my teams they always respond with,”It’s like Cold?” Sometimes it’s hard to believe after like 3 days of lukewarm water that you will eat something cold. But yes, it’s cold. Now I know what you are wondering, Have you ever made it at home? And Yes, you bet I have.  It’s not gluten-free, or fat-free or any free in between but you will certainly feel free and happy after you eat it. And Lucky for you, I don’t mind sharing so here you go:

 

Belizean Cold Cake

Serves 15

  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 6 oz. Sugar
  • 2 Nestle Creams (found in International Food Section)
  • 3 Packs Marie Biscuits (found in International Food Section)
  • 1 Large tin of Fruit Cocktail
  • Whipped Cream

Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Shake Nestle Cream and then add to the butter mixture. Soak biscuits in fruit cocktail juice one by one and begin layering in the bottom of a 13×9 casserole dish. Place a layer of cookies followed by layer of cream mixture. Continue layering until gone. Put whipped cream on top, followed by fruit cocktail. Cover and place in fridge for 3 hours before serving. After 3 hours, do a happy dance, take out and Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this and how it turns out! I would love to know 🙂 Many Blessings and Happy Eating!