Contributed by Laura Walls in Ideas for your Ministry
Getting together with friends, your life/small group, or family to share a meal is a wonderful way to share your ministry as a child ambassador! By choosing a menu from a specific region of the world, you can invite others to experience the culture and flavors of faraway places and help them to identify with the children who live there.
Here are a few steps to get you started!
1. Choose your location.
World Vision works in nearly 100 countries! Browse through their list and see which countries offer sponsorship or perhaps choose to have a Syrian meal and have a few Refugee Responder folders available.
2. Order your Picture Folders.
Once you've selected a region, hop online to the volunteers site and order your picture folders or refugee responder folders. You can specify what country the children are from by typing your request in the box that says "notes." Allow at least two weeks for delivery.
3. Select your Menu.
Now for the fun part! There are some fantastic resources online that will help you create a special feast for your guests. Following are just a few links to some great-tasting regional meals!
4. Write out your Invitations.
Put your invitation list together and pick a date! Be sure to let people know that this meal will be a fun chance for you all to learn and experience another region together and that there will be an opportunity to help children from that region if anyone feels led.
5. Consider watching a film from your selected country or even make a craft!
Try watching Journey to Jamaa (free to order from the volunteers site on the supplies page) or stream a foreign film from Netflix. It can be a great way to further immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of another country. If you're the crafty type or having a gathering that involves kids, consider making a craft from the country you've selected! There are tons of ideas out there - especially on Pinterest!
6. Prepare your heart and home.
You've chosen your country, selected your meal and possibly an activity, now take some time to prepare your heart. Learn about the country's history and needs by searching on World Vision's country profiles. Take some time to pray for the children and families who live there and for the staff who serve them. Pray for your guests and for your time together.
Once your heart is ready, put your shopping list together and purchase your groceries!
7. Open the Doors!
It's the big day! Through prayer, your heart is ready, your food is prepared, and your guests are arriving! Enjoy this time of fellowship together and remember to be bold on behalf of the children we serve! Don't forget to invite them to sponsor a child or help refugee children. Even if they aren't able to make that commitment at this time, it may plant a seed for a later opportunity!
Please share with us how it went. We'd love to hear your stories and see photos of your meal together!!!
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.