There’s gotta be a better rhyme for that.
Actually, beans are good for a LOT of hearts. But I’ll get to that in just a second.
Right now I’m finishing up the biggest fundraising I’ve had to do so far. Mission work (humanitarian aid, social justice, relationally sharing my faith) is really important to me, and the funds raised will enable to me to do those things locally and abroad in 2013. I gave lots of examples of how to help, and you guys came running to the rescue.
I whole-heartedly feel that if you participate, give, or support in ANY way, you are just as much a part of the team as those physically going on the international mission trips. And I’m not just trying to make supporting us look attractive, I give to other folks going on trips too because I love being on their team.
Over the last month, Jenny and I have watched our team assemble. People started giving financially. Stuff started showing up for our garage sale. Most of the payment we had to make June 1st came in very quickly. And plenty of folks said they’d love to sit on our dog. Awesome.
We are so close. But more must be done.
We’ve raised almost $2,552 toward the final goal of $4,700. I did the math- that leaves us with another $2,148 to raise by August. Jenny and I have already given $900 toward that budget. We thought we couldn’t give another dime because we’re so tight right now. (Update: We’ve already gone on the trip described here. But we are returning very soon and fundraising is always necessary.)
That is until we thought up the Orphan Diet.
So back to the beans.
For the next two months, I will be eating only what I saw the orphans in Honduras eat. (To be clear, this is a budgetary diet, not a weight loss diet.) That’s a whole lot of beans and rice. In bulk. And when I went to buy the twenty pound bag of rice, it rang up incorrectly so I got it fo FREEEEEEE! #publixpromise – So that’s sixteen bucks we’ve put toward missions instantly.
THE ORPHAN DIET:
Foods- Anything we saw them eat in the orphanage. Buy in bulk to save $
- Flour for homemade tortillas
- Fresh Fruit (cheap or free- they grew on site)
- Vegetables (cheap or free- orphanage had mostly canned shipped from USA)
- Occasional protein (chicken, beef, pork), usually during a celebratory meal.
- Seasoning- Mostly garlic, hot sauce, and onion
- Any other food that someone else gives us (another way to help us)
The rules are pretty simple- I can buy only and eat only these items. There is definitely no going out to eat. I mean, we can go out with friends and basically watch them eat. But we won’t be buying any foods outside of this program for all of June and July… which includes our anniversary and my birthday.
We figure we can save up at least another $400 this way. Maybe more. And we want to invite you to join us. First, figure out how much you spend on groceries and restaurants. Second, buy orphan diet food. Third, share what you save :) If you do the orphan diet for a week, month, or even the two month period with us, that would be a lot of dough saved toward missions. You can totally do it. Let us know in the comments below if you’re joining #teamcoolbeans and together we’ll love on orphans and let them know they’re not forgotten!
Cool beans, you guys. Cool. Beans.