The Lent Project Week 6: Majority World Diet


Week 6: The Majority World Diet

We are accustomed to eating large quantities of food often and in great variety. The simplicity and small quantity of our food choices during this week's Majority World Diet remind us of the abundance that we live in on a daily basis. During this week we encourage you to pray for those around the world who regularly eat these simple meals or don’t have sufficient access to basic food and water.

During this week, we invite you to:

(1) From Tuesday through Saturday, eat a diet of rice, beans, and oats (ingredients and instructions here: Majority World Diet 2015).

(2) Guided by the provided prayer prompts and the promptings of the Spirit, pray regularly for those around the Bay Area and around the world with insufficient access to basic nutrition.

(3) Catalog your journey using #TheLentProject hashtag.

The Lent Project Week 3: Digital Detox Media Fast

20150218_the_lent_project_banner What does the “life to the full” that Jesus invites us into look like? How do we find it? And what if the comforts, securities, and pleasures surrounding us might actually distract us that life?

We’ll be asking these questions throughout Lent and, each week, we’ll experiment together with a specific practice of denial and fasting to help us stand in solidarity with the Majority World and seek the life of abundance Jesus promised. Each week of Lent will involve stories of practice, hearing the words of Jesus, and invitations into a shared week-long experiment.

Week 3: Digital Detox Media Fast (full schedule here)

We spend 35.2 billion hours on Facebook and Youtube each year. The equivalent of 9 full DVDs worth of media content are received by each of us each day. We see hundreds and thousands of images and ads on a daily basis.

Each day these messages are forming our brains, hearts, and lives. We're shaped by what we see.

During this week, we invite you to:

(1) Turn off all media (computers, tvs, tablets, phones, etc.) each day from 8pm-8am. (2) Instead, tune in to silence, rest, and community. (3) Catalog your journey using #TheLentProject hashtag.

An ODC Story: Bekah Polzin on Majority World Diet

We're officially half-way through The Lent Project.  This 6-week journey of intentional denial is unearthing parts of us that are unsettling as well as inspiring new, simpler and more generous practices that we could integrate into our everyday lives.  In this reflection, Bekah Polzin reflects on the experience of Week 3's Majority World Diet where, for 5 days, we stood in solidarity with the majority world by eating oatmeal for breakfast and rice & beans for lunch and dinner.  Thanks, Trade As One, for the incredible resource! Here's Bekah's reflection...

I’ve never fasted or practiced giving up food. I’ve never eaten a specific diet for a period of time or done a “cleanse” of any kind. This week I learned that I’m not that good at it. I prefer to eat what I want, whenever I want it. It was a reminder of the privileges I have and a quick way to gain perspective.  

It didn’t take me long (like, by lunchtime day 1) to realize that I think about food a lot. It didn’t surprise me to read a “Trade as One” email informing us that on average we make 227 decisions about food in ONE day. We are consumed with food.

What should I make for breakfast? What do the kids want? Should I get a cappuccino today? Should I just make a coffee at home? Regular or decaf? I’m so hungry – I need a snack. I’m getting a chill, maybe I’ll have another cup of coffee. What should I make for dinner tonight? I need to go to the store, what food do we need? And on and on.

What became clear to me throughout the week was the correlation between being fed by worldly things and being fed by Christ. Its true, God created us to need nourishment. But like many other things in our lives, food becomes the focus and not God. When the week was over and I finally ate a substantial meal, my first thought was, “I want more.”

What would our lives look like if we thought about Christ 227 times a day? Or instead of planning the next dinner party to perfection, we sat in prayer and invited God to be in our conversations around the table. Or instead of buying the 18th Starbucks for the week, we share the love and bought one for someone unable to treat herself, or use that money to support a greater cause. 

I was struck by this verse during this process:

My friends, do not be surprised at the terrible trouble which now comes to test you. Do not think that something strange is happening to you. But be happy that you are sharing in Christ's sufferings so that you will be happy and full of joy when Christ comes again in glory. 1 Peter 4:12-1

What If we each brainstormed 227 ideas of how we could intentionally love God by loving others through preparing, serving, or sharing food? Imagine the creative ways we could bring glory to Christ!