On Sunday 10th May Ormskirk Christadelphians took part in a global event to help those less fortunate. The #MayWeEat campaign began in May 2014. It’s run by the Meal-a-Day charity and is a whole month focused on raising funds to help those who are really in need.
Last year it raised over £20,000. Every day Meal-a-Day helps feed over 2,500 children. They have over 40 projects spread across 12 countries in Africa, which provide food, water, shelter and clothes for many.
In Ormskirk we replaced our normal bring and share Sunday lunch with a traditional Kenyan meal. We are twinned with Christadelphians in Luyya in Kenya. Chris and Annie Abson have visited them over the years and helped at the Nalondo School for Physically Handicapped Children.
We have regular collections to help a feeding programme taking place there.
Today, in traditional Kenyan style, we had our hands washed by two of our members (Annie & Rachel) and were then served our meal. The usual fare of stews, curries, lasagne and chilli was replaced with plain boiled rice, beans and lentils.
This is the meal that the children would normally have as part of the feeding programme.
For dessert the cakes and ice cream were replaced by pineapple, bananas and Mandazis, a sort of deep fried donut, but without the jam in the centre and not covered in sugar!
We gave the money that we would normally spend on our lunch to the appeal. We can forget how blessed we are in this country. Even the poorest of us do not suffer the way some do overseas, so this was an opportunity put into practice the instructions of Jesus:
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me…. whatever you did for one of the least of these … you did for me.’ Matt 25