Southern Cooking and Street Children


My wife Margaret is one of the best cooks in the world.  She can cook Chinese, Thai, Filipino, Scandinavian, Mexican, Southern, Cajun, or whatever.  Recently we had a light Southern meal of slices of cold ham, black-eyed peas, sliced onions, fresh tomatoes (from a friend’s garden), fresh corn bread, and butter milk.  It was so good it brought tears to my eyes.  My mind flooded with memories of being raised in Texas in a poor home with a mother and grandfather.  Every Saturday as a treat, Mom splurged on my grandfather and me with freshly cooked beans, onions, tomatoes, corn bread, and butter milk.

As we enjoy food so much, however, it was good to remember that many people throughout the world never can sit down to a delicious meal with family members.

Many of these are among the 100 million street children and 150 million orphans of the world.  In Malawi a delicious meal can be served to a poor family, orphan, or underprivileged child for only 40¢.  In the Philippines a meal of a freshly boiled egg, small carton of milk, and a small loaf of bread is 48¢.  So as you and I enjoy our black-eyed peas, corn bread, and fresh tomatoes, let us remember the poor of the world as we minister the compassionate care of Christ to them.

Let me encourage you with the following, “Who is among you that fears the Lord, that obeys the voice of His servant, that walks in darkness and has no light?  Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God” (Isaiah 50:10, nasb).