Ohio Church Experiences the Taste of Poverty

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A church in Medina, Ohio is working to raise money for the poor in Kenya by eating what the poor have to eat daily.

More than 50 people at the Connection Church are eating nothing but rice and beans for five days.

The money saved on groceries will be sent to a Kenyan school that provides children with nourishing meals.

Rev. Tony Myles, the church's lead pastor, said the campaign is also raising awareness of the average diet of orphans in Third World countries.

"It definitely messes with your digestive system," a light-hearted Myles told the Akron Beacon Journal. "But it helps us understand what it means to live sacrificially."

"When I sit down and pray before each meal, I find myself more grateful because while I'm doing this by choice, the children in third world countries don't always know when, or if, their next meal is coming," he said.

This is the second year of the food challenge. Last year, the church raised $1,000 for the school located in Nairobi.

Recently, the congregation heard from Cathy Perman, a missionary with Gospel Harvest Ministries, who gave parishioners a firsthand account of what life is like for children at the school.

"The needs there are so much greater than the resources that they have. Without the support of churches like Connection, there wouldn't be a school to help the children," Perman, 62, said.

"When many of the children first came to the school, they were having a lot of stomach problems. In talking with their parents, the bishop discovered that it was because they were not used to eating, sometimes going three days without food," she explained.

*Original broadcast Nov. 28, 2011. 

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