In a church at Nanongthum, NE Thailand, they have “the Handful of Rice’ ministry. The idea is that every time, rice is cooked in the family, a handful will be scooped out and put aside as the portion for Jesus. It is a ministry in which every household can be a part of. The rice collected during the week is then brought to the church, where it is sold at a much cheaper rate than at the market, to church members, who need help. The money is then used for outreach by the church.
In this village, rice is a crop that is harvested by almost every household. So, it is not necessary to remind them of this ministry too often. Depending on the season, sometimes we have church members donating whole bags of rice.
No matter how much or how little we have we are all able to give back to Jesus as everything we have comes from Him.
Are there practical ways like this that we could be implementing in our churches to help those in need or to raise funds to support overseas missions?