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China: Praying & Eating

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We have recently fallen in love with China around our home. This past school year, our family “adopted” a college student at one of our local colleges that had moved here from China on a two year program. We hosted her in our home. We celebrated Thanksgiving with her and a few other holidays. We met for dinner and enjoyed our little town together. She is a breath of fresh air and just loves (or tolerates) my crazy family. She returned back home to China for her summer break and we already miss her. There is usually not a day that goes by that my oldest doesn’t ask if we can send her a funny picture or how much longer until she comes back. It’s hard to explain to a two and a five year old the concept of summer break lasting three whole months! ha

She has taught us lots of fun things about China like how to make homemade dumplings. We also celebrated Chinese New Year with her and many of the other families students and my girls fell in love with the food and attempting to eat with chopsticks.

This summer while our student is away, our plan is to continue to pray for her and enjoy some yummy Chinese food to remind us of her until she returns. It’s not as good as her homemade dumplings though!

Praying:

  • Pray for the national church that is highly persecuted right now. Pray that they will be wise and bold.
  • Pray for families to come to know Jesus. Many do know follow Jesus and many are living in a spiritual darkness.
  • Pray for missionaries living and serving in this beautiful land and among these beautiful kind people.

Eating:

There are quite a few Chinese recipes that are easy to make so I’m just going to share some links to different recipes and be sure to also check out our Pinterest Page for more ideas!

Classic Chinese Chow Mein

The Best Fried Rice

Chinese Dumplings

Or if you’re like me some nights during the summer and you just don’t want to cook, stop by a local Chinese restaurant, bring it home, and then spend some time praying for China together! Don’t forget to use the chopsticks. It’s always fun to try new ways to eat the yummy food too!

What are your favorite Chinese dishes?

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Germany: Praying and Eating

When I think of Germany, I quickly think of yummy food like chocolate and schnitzel and chocolate and bratwurtz and chocolate…

But I also think of a sweet friend that I met while living in New Orleans many years ago. She now lives in Germany and serves the Lord with her fun family.

I asked Amy to join us and share a little of her world with us, as we lead our little ones to pray for that beautiful country and enjoy all that Germany has to offer!

1. Introduce your family, what you’re doing, where you are, etc.

Hallo, Guten Tag!

We are the Jones Family and this month we are celebrating the completion of our first year in Leipzig Germany! I’m Amy and, along with my husband Casey and our girls Evelyn and Claire, we are getting to know the people, churches, and many joys of living in this part of eastern Germany. Claire was only 7 months old when we arrived in the snow last year – so much has changed! After years of service in churches in America, we are so grateful to plant our lives here to support local German-speaking churches as they call up new believers and new leaders, to start new congregations.

2. How can we pray for you specifically and for your people/city/country?

Thirty years ago, in a state church (Lutheran) near the University of Leipzig, Monday evening prayer services turned into vigils for freedom, which led to protests, which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in October of 1989. However, the wall that separates humans from the creator God is largely accepted or ignored. While this is one of the most family friendly cities in a country that loves children, it is also one of the highest concentrations of Atheism in the world. Luther, Bach, and Mendelssohn all expressed great faith in Christ in this city, but there is great need for a spiritual awakening among everyday people here. We need to continue to learn German better so that we can communicate the power of redemption through Christ more clearly. We are still in transition between full-time language school and slowly learning where God has prepared a ministry for us. There is still a huge learning curve ahead of us, so pray that we do not fool ourselves in to thinking we have to figure everything out, but to boldly cling to his mercy and wisdom through it all!

3. What’s one way that you serve and live on Mission with your kiddos where you are?

I have been going to mommy-baby/kid groups around Leipzig to learn “mommy-German”. It’s been great to get to know local churches and other communities. Those connections are leading into spiritual conversations and other opportunities to share the gospel and build partnerships in the gospel. Right now some friends and I are planning in a mommy group that I now host which, in part, will have a time to craft bedtime stories, somewhat in the style of Sally Lloyd-Jones,’ Jesus Storybook Bible, to build biblical literacy among the women and children I know.

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4. Any other foods that are popular where you are.

German food is actually a lot like American food, so if you think of “meat and potatoes” type food, you’re probably thinking German food! Potato pancakes are popular lunch thing, pork Schnitzel, french fries ( Pommes), and Frikadillen (kind of a meatloaf hamburger), and of course pastries and breads for days! At the same times, globalism and alternative lifestyles are quite accepted here, so vegan and gluten-free food are available. There’s so much to choose from.

At 10am mothers and kids have “Obstpause” which is morning snacks of all kinds of sliced up fruit. Sometimes, they also serve a cake with fruit in it, like plum cake. At 3-4pm we have “Kaffee und Kuchen”, coffee and cake. That is when Germans indulge their sweet-tooth with a home or bakery made treat. I love the Quarktasche, which is kind of like a less-sweet, fluffy creamcheese danish.

Amy was so gracious to send over a yummy dessert recipe. As you prepare this, would you take time to pray for Amy and her family as they live and serve there? Pray for their language learning to continue to grow so that they can share truth with their friends and neighbors. Please also pray that many would come to faith in Christ and for the church to continue to grow and disciple new followers of Jesus well.

Plum Cake

(Recipe provided by Amy)

Ingredients:

  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup sunflower oil (I use canola oil)
  • 2 lbs prune plums, pitted, quartered
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter

Instructions:

– Serves 10 –

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Into a large mixing bowl, mix 2⅓ cups flour, baking powder, ⅓ cup sugar, vanilla sugar, and salt.

Add yogurt, milk, and oil and using dough hook or wooden spoon, mix for a minute or so until dough holds together.

Press dough into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan or divide dough into two if using 9″ springform pans.

Place plum quarters in rows on top of dough.

Mix together the 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup butter to make the streusel dough. Crumble over top.

Bake at 350° F for about 50 – 60 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Let cool and serve.

Since this is a yummy desert, you could invite another mama over for an afternoon “Kaffee und Kuchen” time like Amy mentioned above and spend time praying for Germany together with your littles! Who doesn’t love a little afternoon pick-me-up!?

Be sure to share pics of your yummy plum cake and afternoon time together praying over on Instagram.

For more German recipes and ideas, check out Pinterest !

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Friday Favorites!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday Favorites, but I’ve come across quite a few really super cute, fun and important things lately and couldn’t help but share them with you this week!

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Picture taken from Mercy House Global
  1. Felt Easter Eggs – Mercy House Global

These are super cute and who says you have to use the plastic eggs for your Easter basket?! Also these help change the lives of some pretty beautiful ladies from Street Hope, one of their artisan groups. You can read more about Street Hope on their website. 

 

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Picture taken from Kids Read Truth
  1. Scripture ABC Cards – Kids Read Truth

We have a scripture that we use with the girls each week but what better way to reinforce scripture and help them learn their letters at the same time – and these cards are just beautiful! 

  1. World Watch List- Open Doors  

Do you know the top 50 places around the world where it’s hardest for our brothers and sisters to follow Jesus? Open Doors just released their 2019 Watch List and it’s interesting to me to see what countries make the list each year and how some countries have been on this list for years and years. Be sure to download the list, read the stories from those living there, and pray for each country that is listed. Maybe pray for a country each week? 

  1. Qadimi Rugs

I have a dear friend who is doing great work in one of the countries listed above. The ladies she works with recently released a new line of beautiful rugs. If you are looking for a beautiful new rug for your home, why not support the work of women around the world at the same time?! I’m so proud of this sweet friend and ways that the Father is using her gifts and talents to impact the world! You can also follow them over at Instagram  to see all the beautiful work that they are doing. 

 

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  1. King Cake and praying for New Orleans 

I’ve had lots of questions lately about what is King Cake!?! If you’ve never had one, you have got to try it! This recipe from Brown Eyed Baker is my tried and true one. I’ve tried a few others and added filling but I always come back to this one. (Which by the way, I don’t know this beautiful lady or blog but her king cake recipe is legit!)  Or if you would rather just use a mix (no shame!) you can purchase them from our Amazon On Mission Moms Link! (we do receive a small portion of your purchase so thanks for supporting us!) 

What fun resources have you come across this week that will help you and other mamas live “On Mission”? Share with us and encourage others!

Also be sure to check out some of our latest posts with resources and ideas for you and Follow along over on Pinterest to see some other great ideas!

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Prayer Meal: New Orleans

I’m always super eager to pack up the Christmas decor around the first or so of January because I know that my next favorite season is coming up soon after – Mardi Gras! Throughout the months of January and February this year,  people in New Orleans (and all over the world) are celebrating Carnival. I’ll be the first to admit, I love a fun parade and all the beads and ridiculous trinkets that we stand for hours to catch as floats pass by. If you have never been to New Orleans, you really need to go – it’s so much more than Mardi Gras and what you see on TV. It’s an amazing city filled with incredible people! Can you tell how much I miss living in that city!?!

This month I will be preparing a yummy New Orleans meal probably more than once. I gotta squeeze in my favorite red beans and rice, jambalaya and maybe even some gumbo. I will also be making King Cake and hopefully trying my hand at pralines (pronounced correctly, of course!).  Be sure to check our our Pinterest page for all the yummy recipes and fun Mardi Gras activities that you could do with your little ones to lead you to the most important thing – to pray for that great city and her people.

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New Orleans Prayer Meal Idea

Red Beans & Rice

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French Bread

King Cake

There are several great churches doing great work in the city of New Orleans and I wish that I could highlight them all. As my family enjoys our yummy meal of red beans and rice this Mardi Gras season, we will be praying for many of our friends and churches including Page & Ashley and their fun family at Canal Street Church. Pray that this church (and many others) will have lots of opportunities to serve the thousands of tourists that come to New Orleans during these weeks. Pray for open doors and conversations that lead to life change and salvations.  Praise the Lord for families like Page & Ashley and others who serve Jesus so faithfully with their families in this great city. And if you are ever visiting NOLA, be sure to stop in and worship with them!

Here are some fun things that you can add to your Mardi Gras dinner to make it more festive! (These are affiliate links so On Mission Moms does receive a super small portion of any purchase that you make! Thanks for supporting our work!)

(If you aren’t up to making your own King Cake or Red Beans & Rice, these are a “great” quick way to enjoy a taste of New Orleans and still pray for this great city, although not quite the “real” thing. )

*The links above are great recipes that I’ve prepared myself; however, there are LOTS of other great recipes over on our Pinterest page too! I’m not endorsing these particular websites.  Be sure to share your favorite Mardi Gras or New Orleans recipe with us in the comments below or over in our Facebook Group!

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Prayer Meal Idea: Oh, Canada…

As it gets colder, I often think of our Northern neighbors, Canada, and I often wonder how in the world they handle the cold?!?  I’m a summer gal through and through! I love a good snow, but I love the southern kind of snow that shuts everything down for a few days and then we head back to school and work and it’s 60 degrees a few days later. I was even complaining this morning because it was a cold 32 degrees. In Canada, their weatherman is already calling for SNOW! I just can’t…

This month we will be enjoying a popular Canadian dish, Poutine. This is an interesting combination of a few of my favorite things. Who doesn’t love fries covered in cheese? But covered in brown gravy and cheese curds? I can’t wait to give it a TRY and spend the evening setting our hearts and minds on people a little further up north and thanking the Lord that we are a little warmer…

For some great recipes for Poutine, be sure to check out our Pinterest board. I had a hard time just picking ONE – there seems to be LOTS of thoughts and ideas on how to best make this yummy messy super unhealthy dish!

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And while we are enjoying all the yumminess, we will be thinking of one of our favorite families, the Ostrems , who live in Canada with their family working among internationals through various outreaches. As they get ready to gear up for the winter months, it’s a great time to pray for them and for all that God is doing through them.

Prayer Points:

1. Pray for their Christmas outreach event with around 150 Syrians. They will be hosting a meal and sharing the Gospel. I wonder if they will serve Poutine?! Ha

2. Pray for their sports ministry. They have some great opportunities ahead but are limited on money and staff. But we know God is NOT! So we are joining them in prayer for God to provide!

3. Pray for their family. With winter coming and families not getting out much, depression can begin to set in. Pray for great family time and opportunities during the cold hard months.

They are also a pretty talented family too – Brandy has an incredible doll making business called Blessum&Arrows that you should totally check out! Oh it makes my heart skip a beat to see these sweet little creations she has made with her hands and heart!

Let us know when you try the Poutine around your dinner table! Share a pic over on our Instagram Post!

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September Prayer Meal Idea: Myanmar

Myanmar is such a beautiful country. As I was scrolling through the socials looking and researching for this prayer meal, I was blown away by the beauty of her people and her land. When you look deeper and past the beauty of this country though, you will see a country that has faced much strife and conflict and a country with differing peoples and religions, which is what led us to choose this beautiful land to pray for over the next couple months. Also, dear friends of ours have the privilege of calling this their home and they have been striving to make it an even more beautiful land and we journey with them through our prayers!

This month the prayer meal idea might be a little different and hard, especially if you have picky eaters. Maybe you could prepare this meal and see what they do?! Kids will surprise us! Or better yet, get them in the kitchen to help you and talk about how it’s gonna be different but different doesn’t always mean bad!? Again, please do what works best and just know that the reason behind prayer meals is to PRAY for the country and fellow believers and to expose our little ones to different cultures along the way! So regardless if they eat one bite or ask for seconds, they have experienced a new place and new food and can pray either way, right?!

Now- on to the yumminess! Our friends shared this recipe with us and how most national families will eat something like this, even for breakfast!  Many dishes include fish too but this seemed simple enough, yet still authentic too.

Burmese Chicken Coconut Noodle Soup

Photo from Tara’s Multicultural Table Blog 

Prayer Requests:

Pray for our friends, T&J and their four kiddos as they live and serve in this beautiful hard place! Pray for the kiddos as they learn and grow! Pray for great friendships for each of them. Pray for opportunities to share truth with their friends and those that they intersect with daily.

Pray for the many people who have had to flee this country in search of a new home due to violence and harm against them.

Pray that this country would be beautiful inside and out…for heart and life change!

 

Let us know what your kiddos thought of this meal idea? Did they like it? Was it too different and strange? Did it lead you to have great conversations at the table or just a puddle of tears and frustrations!? Even though the meal is different, how can your family be praying for the work in Myanmar? This fun family will be local with us during October and we will be hosting a time to get together and learn more about how to cook a fun different meal and lead our little ones to love Jesus and love others. If you would like more info, email us at onmissionmoms@gmail.com !

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Idea: July Prayer Meal

 

Throughout July, we often think of a pretty important holiday for America and we celebrate with yummy burgers and hotdogs, corn on the cob, and apple pie. During this month, we decided to stick a bit closer to home and focus on a city and work in the USA so we will be praying for Rob & Annabeth Wilton as they are planting Vintage Church in Pittsburgh. They have already started the work there and will be officially moving there with their fun kiddos toward the end of the summer.

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We’ve actually never been to Pittsburgh, (yet…) but as they have been preparing and our church has been praying for them, we’ve been learning lots of fun things about this city. Did you know that the Klondike Bar is made there? Yep – that yummy goodness which always reminds me of my grandmother because she always had a box in her freezer. Pittsburgh also has more bridges than Venice – over 450 of them to be exact!  Also, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was right outside of Pittsburgh and he called the area home. Public TV was started there… Heinz Ketchup began there… so many fun facts!  And now it’s going to be the home of a great new church!

This month, as we pray for the Wilton Family and the other families that will be joining them, we will be praying and asking God for many more to be transformed by the gospel in that great city!

We will also be enjoying our rendition of a Pittsburgh sandwich. They are famous for putting cole slaw and french fries on their sandwiches…. weird yet yummy!

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I also can’t NOT do a yummy Klondike Dessert! Yes, Please!!

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As you enjoy this yummy meal,  pray for the Wiltons as they make this move and adjust to a new city and make it home! Pray for their four kiddos as they begin school, make new friends and share Jesus too! Pray for several other families that will be making this move with them. Pray for the right connections and favor with their neighbors. Pray for other pastors and churches to get on board and support the work that is being done through Vintage. Pray that the gospel will be proclaimed through word and deed. Pray that many in Pittsburgh will come to know Christ through Vintage Church.  You can learn more about Vintage Church Pittsburgh here!

Be sure to capture a pic of your family prayer meal and let the Wilton’s know you are praying for them!