Thursday, April 15, 2010

Meals and Missions

Two word title! These will tie together in the end. First let's start with the dark side - we need to visit it briefly. I love housework, ironing, laundry, cooking. Please do not write me about seeking therapy for this - it is just my thing. I love cooking so much that I once got talked into planning and preparing the Wednesday night meals at our church - for about 100 people a week. That lead to volunteering to go on a mission trip and cook for 50 teenagers and adults for one week, three meals a day. The kitchen had no dishwasher, one oven, one sink, no microwave (I talked our group leader into buying one), no coffee pot (seriously) and was the size of a large closet. The stories and blessings from that adventure are too numerous to recount here.

It is happening again. Not exactly a mission trip this time but a high school (plus sponsors) summer camp. My youth minister son-in-law asked if I would like to go as chief cook. Yes! I really would. So off we go - hopefully with a kitchen and equipment better than the one mentioned above.

Cooking for 50 teenagers and sponsors is not exactly foreign mission field stuff. We are all on a mission for our Lord. Our mission field might be our office or with prisoners or even in our own homes. We are all missionaries. We all have a ministry - or we need to find one!

I am in the planning stages for the summer trip - writing menus, experimenting with recipes, and thinking through the logistics of timing etc. This brings me great joy. Don't you think our ministry and mission should be joyful?


Bud Ezekiel H. said...

50 teenagers is an adventure all by itself! :)

...and you're right, you don't need to go to a foreign land to do a mission.

arlee bird said...

People gotta eat and someone's gotta be in charge of providing the food. If that's your talent you should use it to glorify God. I admire what you are doing. You are an important part of the Body.
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Tori Cooper said...

Yes it should! That is so wonderful that found something you can do that not only brings joy to your life but blesses others! I wish I liked doing "housework, ironing, laundry and cooking" but I don't. I'm thankful that my husband is not too demanding! It makes me happy to hear that you love it! I have been on those trips before and you know it makes a difference to have someone who loves what they do... cooking for the crew! I agree with Lee- you are an important part of the body!

Grammy said...

Amen, Sister!
I once prepared a Valentine's Day banquet at our church for I don't know how many people (a whole bunch) and that was quite an experience! The kitchen was not the best and I never did that again, but I am glad I did it that time. I had trouble with the potato soup that I made and served because the stove was not heating right. Oh, it was a nightmare! God bless you, my dear!

Lisa said...

I think it's wonderful that you enjoy doing all of those things and say YES! your mission should be joyful. If not, you're doing something wrong. Excellent post -- made me feel warm inside. :)

Ellie said...

Wow, you are such a gift, come visit me! I love to cook/bake, but clean
not as much! Fifty teenagers, you are brave!