Food is an essential part of everyone’s life; we will not survive without food. Behind every meal, we have stories of culture, survival, celebration, and memories. Food brings people together to connect, celebrate cultures, and provide energy.
Sharing a meal is the most communal and welcoming gesture in every culture. Being able to make a dish and share that with the people you care about is one of the easiest ways to display your heritage. At the Global Kitchen, we have gathered several recipes from our friends who are forcibly displaced in many parts of the world. Over 102 million people are forcibly displaced, not knowing where their next meal will come from. Forcibly displaced families face crises of hunger and starvation; in many places, displaced children don’t have enough to eat. One of the Irish Grace, a thanksgiving prayer for food, says:
Bless, O Lord, this food we are about to eat; and we pray You, O God, that it may be good for our body and soul; and if there be any poor creature hungry or thirsty walking along the road, send them into us that we can share the food with them, just as You share your gifts with all of us.
We invite churches, prayer groups and families to remember this prayer, that our Lord has sent millions of people who are poor and hungry along the refugee highway; let us not forget them but make it a point to remember them by sharing one of their recipes with our church, our friends and our families.