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Prayer Meal Idea: Afghanistan

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It’s a land that seems so mysteriously beautiful to me. I’ve never been there but have seen it’s mountains and desert hills in pictures. We’ve all seen pics of this country (usually from the news and usually cast in a negative light) but I know there is so much more beauty to this place. There has to be because God created that land and He only creates beautiful. I know there is beauty in their homes as they serve tea and welcome the stranger. Beauty in their villages as they gather to learn new trades to better their world. Beauty in their sweet children playing and laughing and loving life. 

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My sweet friend has been working in this country for several years now leading a group of women to weave rugs by hand so that they can provide more for their families. Their rugs are beautiful but their stories are even more so. We recently returned from visiting this friend (in a different country) and my heart was challenged and encouraged as she shared stories of her dear friends and coworkers who are working hard and are learning and serving and hosting and welcoming. I pray that one day I can meet them. 

 

They recently created Christmas stockings that are absolutely beautiful. They don’t necessarily celebrate this holiday but I pray that one day they will. As we hang our stockings made by their hands this year, we will be preparing an Afghani meal and praying for ladies we’ve never met, for our dear friend who works so hard to lead and love them, and for the Christmas story to be told in that beautiful land that God loves. 

Here are a few links to yummy Afghani dishes that you could prepare too and spend some time praying for our friend serving in a beautifully hard place.

Afhghani Pulao Rice 

Afghani Chicken Pulao Rice

Afghani Pulao 

You can also support the work of their hands by purchasing the beautiful rugs and stockings that they have created over at their online shop, Qadimi Rugs.  Also, If you live local, we will be hosting a PopUp Shop on Dec. 1st from 4:00-6:00pm. Send us a message for more details!
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Blog, Mission Ideas

Idea: May Prayer Meal

During the month of May, our family will be learning and loving all things Serbia. While we’ve not been there (yet), a very special friend is living there and as we learn about that beautiful land and her people, we will also be celebrating our sweet friend who we miss and love big!

As I emailed with my friend about what kinds of food they eat, she shared that they don’t necessarily have a “meal” like we would think of, but there are some great dishes that we can prepare and maybe piece together for our May prayer meal. Here’s a few recipes that I found that sound yummy, different and fun.

Cevapi – a yummy sausage treat served on yummy bread, not a bun apparently!

Kiflice – who doesn’t love a croissant filled with yummy! I’m thinking I’ll make this easier by using pre-made croissant dough (don’t hate on me!)

Goulash – this looks yummy but as I sit on my porch in 80 degree weather, I’m thinking I’ll wait on this until fall – my friend will be living there for another year so we have plenty of time!

Vanilice – and a little yummy treat too!

As we enjoy the yummy Serbian delights, we will also be praying for that beautiful place which has captured our dear friend’s heart. Here are specific ways that you can join us in praying:

1. That many Serbians would be released from the bondage of “religion” and set free to a relationship with a Jesus Christ!

2. That our dear friend and her teammates, would have great success, focus, and opportunity in sharing the truth with their friends and neighbors.

3. That the gospel would take deep root in the hearts of all Serbians.

Have you had Serbian food before? What’s your favorite? Share your ideas and Serbia knowledge with us as we pray for Serbia and enjoy the yummy food and culture this month!

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Friday Faves

I came across so many good resources, articles, and reminders this week! It was hard to choose what to share…

I have to start with this convicting article,  but as one of my dear and most honest friend tells me often, “put your big girl pants on!”

  1. Cultivating a Heart for Missions:  Radical · Blog · Cultivating a Heart for Missions in our Kids

This…. It all starts with us! Are you excited about sharing Jesus with your friends? Do you talk about Jesus and missions in your home?  Is there a map in your home and do you talk about the world around us? Do you fix “weird” food? Do you stop and think of others and invite them in to your world? If we aren’t modeling missions, chances are our children won’t grasp hold of it either… that’s convicting to the core…

So in light of that….

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2. Who doesn’t LOVE all things maps and globes… Here are some fun ways to use them in your decor at home!   There are other ideas over on our On Mission Moms Pinterest Page too!

 

3. You can also begin to introduce yummy food from all around the world to your little ones too. One of my FAVORITE dishes from my time in North Africa was Chicken Tagine and Zaalok.  Hint, Hint… I noticed eggplant was super cheap last week in our new grocery store, Lidl… gosh, I love that place!

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Moroccan Chicken Tagine

I’ll be sharing more international recipes to introduce to your family too! We love to cook crazy things around our house and yes, our girls LOVE most of it… not all…

4. Missional Women Website & App – I’m still discovering all the fun things this website and app has to offer! I’m also excited about starting their 31 Days of Evangelism focus because if I’m being completely honest, I need to reset my heart and refocus my mind and my words on sharing Jesus more and more. I’m excited about being intentional over these next 31 days to break down barriers and engage in gospel conversations. Who have you shared Jesus with this past week? Do you have five friends who you are engaging in gospel conversations?

 

What resources or articles have you seen this week? Share them over on our On Mission Moms facebook page so that we can learn and encourage one another this week!