A fun way to broaden your family’s perspective is by learning about other cultures. Food is a practical way to help children taste life in another child’s country.
Your kids can help prepare a recipe from a country your family is particularly interested in. And while the food cooks, they could do some research about the culture it comes from. Food also offers a way to talk to children about poverty. You can ask your kids to imagine what it would be like if your family could afford to eat only one small meal a day. Or what if they had to eat only beans and rice for every meal like some kids around the world do?
While you pray before eating the meal, everyone can take turns asking God to provide for children who live in the country your recipe is from.
To give you some inspiration for what to cook as a family, download "Around the World in 12 Recipes", our free cookbook that connects cultures, faith and food.
4. Pray for People Living in Poverty
At Compassion, we believe prayer is a powerful tool in the fight against poverty. We also believe that prayer brings families together and reminds us how blessed we are.
Your family can make a point of praying specifically for people living in poverty this Thanksgiving. You can read specific prayer requests and praises from children in Compassion’s program, staff members, church workers and volunteers around the world in our monthly prayer calendar. Not only can you rejoice with those who rejoice, but you can also petition God on behalf of your neighbors living in poverty.
You can also read praises and share your own on our praise wall. See what other Compassion supporters like you are thanking God for today and let them know you’re rejoicing with them!
No matter which family activities you do together this Thanksgiving, we hope they remind you that God is good all the time and that they grow gratitude in your heart! And thank you for helping God’s global Church give children in poverty so much to be thankful for.