Services that send consumers all the ingredients necessary to create a meal and instructions on how to cook it represent a growing trend in home cooking. The Board of World Mission is trying its own version of this “make it at home” idea called “Mission Meals” as a fundraiser for its mission grant program.
In recent years, several Moravian ministries have worked to help address the immediate need of hunger by packing meals—often a rice-based meal—in the U.S., then shipping those meals to people overseas. While this method is very effective and has helped in many places, it is also important to help grow economic capacity so people are not reliant on food coming from abroad.
Enter Mission Meals. With Mission Meals, you purchase a meal that includes ingredients to sample a recipe used in one of the Moravian Unity’s partner mission areas, and by doing so, support the Board of World Mission’s mission grants. The proceeds are sent to mission partners and represent a more sustainable future than just one meal can provide.
Mission grants support items like scholarships in Honduras, stewardship workshops in Tanzania and mission outreach in Alaska. Other examples include startup funding provided to congregations in Peru to begin small businesses that create jobs and support their growing ministries. The goal is to help ministries become more sustainable and thus reach more people.
Mission Meals will help us grow our fund to support these sustainable missions efforts. Each Mission Meals package includes enough beans and rice to feed 2-3 people, as well as a Miskitu recipe for Gallo Pinto Rice and Beans from the Moravian Unity Cookbook. The meal packs cost $10, or $25 for a 3-pack. Also available as part of this effort to help feed the world is a special bookmark, available for a $5 donation, that includes plantable seeds that represent how you are helping to grow this mission. Other donation options are also available.
To learn more about Mission Meals and how you can participate, visit www.moravianmission.org/missionmeals.