Can you believe it’s November already? October went so fast! Since it’s a new month, that means we are eating our way through a different country. So, what country are we eating from this month? We are eating our way through Colombia!
This month for Tastetrotting Across The Globe we are doing something a little different. Recently I decided to make Tastetrotting Across The Globe a little bit more faith & missions focused. You can read more about it here under Behind The Scenes of The Kitchen Revival. I just felt that Tastetrotting Across The Globe needed to be more than just about trying different recipes from different countries, I wanted it to be a little more faith & missions focused. I even reached out to a Colombian missionary just to get a missionaries perspective on the country, and that is how I will be approaching Tastetrotting Across The Globe from here on out.
So Grab a nice cup of Colombian coffee as we learn more about this beautiful country!
Why I Believe Prayer Is Important When It Comes To Missions
One of the biggest things to remember is that missionaries are normal people who go through many of the same problems and frustrations in life as people back home. But, when a missionary is on a foreign field or working with a different culture, those frustrations are magnified several times.
Although, it would be nice to think that missionaries are above many of the problems that normal people face, it just isn’t true. Just because someone is a missionary does not mean they are free from problems. Therefore we should pray for them in the same way we need others to pray for us.
Missionaries are both sent and supported through prayer. I have heard with my own ears many testimonies of missionaries who discovered that the Holy Spirit spoke to a believer’s heart to intercede during a moment of crisis. Which is why I will be including Missionary prayer needs for each country that we taste our way through each month.
So how can you pray for them every day? You can pray for their spiritual life, personal life, communication, relationships, evangelism, discipling, and their country where they serve as missionaries.
At the tip top of South America sits the great country called Colombia. Colombia is a country that is rich in natural resources, such as emeralds, gold, diamonds, and coal. Some of its main exports are coffee, bananas, and flowers. An estimated 60% of all roses sold in the U.S. for Valentines Day come from Colombia. The Amazon river runs through the southern part of the country. Colombia has a varied landscape from mountains and rainforests to warm sun bleached beaches. The country is the only country with seacoasts both on the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. From one of the coastlines, where it is hot and humid, you can see a mountain peak that has snow on it year round, and that is the only place you will find snow in the country.
The missionary family that I reached out to, they live and minister in Medellin, which is the 2nd largest city in the country, with over 4 million people, which is the land area equal to the size of Des Moines, Iowa. Medellin is the capitol city of the department (state) of Antioquia. The people of Antioquia call themselves “Paisas.”
Medellin is known as the city of eternal spring. The average temps year round is in the 70’s to 80’s; sometimes cooler during the rainy season and hotter in the dry season.
There are over 100 indigenous (indian) people groups in the country, each with their own dialect, and most of these are unreached with the Gospel. As a whole, Colombia is a very religious country, with 95% of the population being Catholic, though the percentage that actually “practice” Catholicism is significantly lower than that.
How can you pray for Colombia? Of course, first and foremost that people would come to know and accept Jesus Christ as their savior. Pray also for their Pastors and churches (there are about 50 churches in the state of Antioquia) as they reach out to their communities, sometimes facing great obstacles, including resentment, financial difficulties, gang violence, etc.
The national dish of Colombia is Bandeja Paisa, which is a giant platter filled with meats, sausages, fried eggs, beans, rice, fried plantains, salad, and cornmeal fritters. Just thinking about that dish makes feel full!
What do the people of Colombia like to drink? For cold drinks, thick and creamy Avena, which is made with oatmeal, cinnamon and sugar. If you are into corn, they even have a corn milkshake called Mazamorra. If you have a serious sweet tooth, then a Dulce de Leche dessert might tickle your tastebuds.
The Elder family (the missionary family that I contacted from Colombia) was kind enough to share some recipes with me from a book they have entitled “Medellin Gourmet.” This book was published by a group known as the Pan American Women’s Society of Medellin. Of the recipes that they were kind enough to email me, the Colombian Rice Pudding immediately peaked my interest because I love rice pudding! I modified the recipe a bit just so it would meet my dietary standards.
To learn more about The Elder Family – missionaries to Colombia please click here
If you like are like me and you like rice pudding, then I can assure that you will love Arroz con Leche.