Crossroads Community Church has three sites and a huge heart to stand in the gap for children in need. So when Senior Pastor Brian Tome challenged his church to eat beans and rice for one week in an act of solidarity with poor families, they rose to the occasion.
The fast started when church staff distributed over 13,000 beans-and-rice starter kits after a Sunday morning service. The church also provided simple recipes online to help participants sustain the week-long menu. For the following seven days, approximately 6,000 members of the church based as many of their meals as possible on beans and rice, and donated the money they would have spent on food toward the challenge.
The goal was to raise $150,000 for three charities, including Compassion’s Unsponsored Children’s Fund. But after one week, the church brought in enough to direct over $160,000 alone to the Unsponsored Children’s Fund – just by rearranging their eating habits for seven days.
According to Crossroads, eating on the cheap gave people empathy for people in poverty and it opened a door for them to invest outside of themselves.
“If we can get more people in our city to do more things as one, it could have a profound impact,” said Pastor Tome.