Tasting the Continents: Praying for the Nations--Meal Plan

Updated: Oct 8, 2020



This weeklong journey was inspired by the passage in Zechariah 14, "And it shall come to pass that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles" (Zechariah 14:16) Tabernacles is a feast that unifies the nation of Israel in covenant with God, and as we see the future fulfillment will serve to renew the covenant of allegiance to Our Messiah as King. Especially this year during COVID lockdowns, we wanted to widen our kids perspectives to beyond our 4 walls, and beyond our community into the world. Our kids are still young, and so their global perspective is still in the “can we drive there” comparison. But beyond the lesson to our children it was also a great excuse and opportunity for me to connect with friends and peers around the world who are giving their lives to serve in ministry, often in a foreign place they’ve adopted as home.


While food was the vehicle, I wanted the main thrust to be prayer for a spiritual worldwide harvest and for the workers in the fields (Matthew 9:35-38; John 4:27-38 ) and specifically emphasizing the 10:40 window. While I’m not certain that the concepts were solidified during this week of Sukkoth, I do believe that a strong foundation has been laid for us to point back to on future conversations.


My favorite part of this activity, beyond eating all the tasty foods, was to reach out to our friends in all the continents. It was actually a lot easier than I expected to find at least one representative from each continent. I had asked each person to, if possible, send a selfie video answering a few questions to engage the kids in their stories and work. And if possible to include their families as well. I was a little last minute in this side of the project, so next year I plan to get an earlier start. But at the very least I can show the kids faces of people who need our prayers throughout the nations. And I received back several videos to show the kids, which really blessed me as well! Not to mention it put me back in touch with relationships I had neglected over the year.


Overall this was a ton of work, but we all thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, we might have enjoyed a little too much and we might walk away from Sukkoth this year about 5 pounds heavier! In hindsight I might not have done this until my kids were older and could properly enjoy the efforts and help more with the preparations. With younger kids, I’m learning that I ought to simplify a whole lot more. But as a mom, I just get too excited and over ambitious with my ideas to incorporate all the senses into the learning experience. Tailor this activity to fit your family, and don’t try to kill yourself or your budget (like I did) to fit it all in. Fortunately we celebrate Sukkoth every year, so we have plenty of opportunities to try new twists. Ultimately, the goal is to introduce and disciple our kids (and ourselves) into a Kingdom perspective and heart for global harvest and prayer.


*Note: In general we follow the Biblical pattern of evening starting the day, but for the sake of repetition and our own learning rhythm, we focused on each continent from Breakfast to bedtime.


North America*

USA/Mexico/Canada

*This was a shabbat so we chose to keep meals simple with yogurt for breakfast and cold cuts for lunch.

First Night--Family Heritage & North America


North America was our first continent to visit as this is where we are from. I needed an easy and fast meal (Greg's birthday had landed the night before and I was still recovering from the aftermath of birthday festivities) and I didn’t feel like burritos which involves a lot of sides although it might have preserved my theme a little better. I went with an easy favorite: Spaghetti bolognese. I told my kids about their Italian heritage. I told the story of how my moms grandparents immigrated to America from Italy through Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty leaving their 8 year old son (my grandfather) behind in Italy, only to follow them a few years later once they had established a home and livelihood. It was a great family history lesson to kick off North America. Greg comes from a family of Texan Farmers, so we did a Big Smoked Brisket the next evening for dinner.



Shabbat DINNER

Italy

Spaghetti bolognese

Served with Sourdough boule & Salad

DINNER-USA (Texas Style)

Brisket: Home smoke Brisket

Sides: Ranch or Chili beans, Roasted potatoes, Salad, Cornbread Muffins* , Lemonade

*(I mix coconut oil with sunflower oil for a flavorful twist)


Day 2--South America

Paraguay/Brazil

While being a predominantly "catholic" continent, it is quite secular, and full of much corruption. Religion is a culture, and not a relationship. We are praying for the leaders of all the nations, for Divine intervention and direction, and for the believers on the ground who are working to bring the gospel. We also tragically learned that human trafficking is prevalent and seldom prosecuted in Brazil starting at age 14! (It might also be in other nations, but this was from a friend who works with the girls in Brazil to get them off of the streets and share Yeshua's love with them.). But where there is darkness, there is also great light. Brazil hosts a body of believers that is one of the most passionate Israel loving nations in the world. Hallelujah!

BREAKFAST*

*This carried over from Mexico which blends in with the South American flavor

Breakfast burritos:

(Scrambled eggs with black beans and cheese topped with plain yogurt and wrapped in a tortilla)





LUNCH

Empanadas*

I made up my own concoction of taco meat, potatoes, and onions mixed with shredded cheese folded into dough pockets


DINNER

Chorizo

Dulce de Leche* and Apple Slices

*Is a very common dessert in the nations of South America

Day 3--Africa

Ghana/South Africa/Ethiopia

While we've never been to Africa, we have friends serving in most of the nations of the African Continent, and someday, should the LORD tarry, we would love to bring the kids on a ministry trip to Africa. The beauty of Africa is mind-blowing in contrast to the incredible poverty. Whether showering from a bucket, or hand washing all clothing, to treacherous journeys off road that take a whole day, our prayers are with those who are risking their lives and sacrificing their comfort to bring the gospel of hope and a livelihood to the pe