Family Meal

Posted on April 1, 2011. Filed under: Belfast Bible College, Family | Tags: , , , |

Cris and I are incredibly privileged to live in community on campus at Belfast Bible College.  All of the students who live on campus eat their meals together in the Canteen.  However, the married families have dinner individually.  God gave me the idea a week ago to have a “Family Meal” for the five families living on campus.  We picked a day that would work for everyone, and a time that would suit the sleeping schedule of a 7 month old cutie pie.  Tiek, from the Netherlands, and I decorated.  She brought cute red poco-doted napkins and we picked sunny yellow flowers for the centerpieces.  We also added a touch of ivy to add color to the plain white tablecloths.  Burning red candles brought everything together, making the decorations a success.  Each family brought a dish or two of food-what a fun smorgasbord of dishes to choose from. Ginger Chicken from Taiwan, Croquets from the Netherlands, Shepherd’s pie from Northern Ireland and curried carrot soup from America.  Adding a sweet touch was the apple pie from the kitchen of Tiek.   

We then fellowshipped together.  Guess what?  We were all from different countries: Mongolia, Chile, Netherlands, Germany/Taiwan and Romania/America.  God is so good.  No matter the differences, and there sure are differences, God brought us together – He is what we have in common. He brought these families together for a time and for a purpose.  Who are you surrounded by that God wants you to invest in and build relationships with? You may be different, but if they are Christians, you have at least two things in common: You are children of the King, and you eat.  So, invite a few people over, eliminate stress by getting each family to bring a dish and learn more about the people around you. 

 Here is the lovely Tiek showing off our beautiful table decorations.

 Lucy’s special ginger and green onion chicken… sooooo good!

CAUTION: Men at work 🙂

One of the purposes of Table Talk ministries is to bring the family back to the table for meals.  Family dinners provide space for conversations, encouragement and growth in relationships to take place.   Some of my greatest memories from growing up are sharing Sunday lunch with my parents and 3 siblings (of course, a roast with potatoes, carrots, gravy and a salad from which everyone would eat the croutons off before we sat down to eat).  We would talk about what we learned in church, argue about silly things, wait for dad to mysteriously change the subject, whine when mom said “Let’s discuss our schedules for the week” – trust me, this statement was as predictable as getting yelled at for not covering food in the microwave.   Memories.  So special and so close to the heart.  Create memories with your family and friends by spending quality time around the kitchen table.


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I love your devotional blog…the creativity, the spiritual principles, and am often inspired to use one of your ideas. Today (“family meals”) was one of my favorites.

Really, really special!!!!!! You guys are Special!!!!!

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