Alice Keen Editor
Cooking a tasty meal and sharing it with others is one of my favourite things to do. I love the way it brings people together: families, friends, neighbours… From the manna which fed the Israelites in the wilderness to Jesus cooking fish for his disciples after his resurrection, the Bible is full of stories where food plays an important role. The food-related Bible study on page 11 explores two different ways of drawing close to God: fasting and feasting.
In this issue of Footsteps, we are focussing on how to make the most of the food we have. We may have grown it ourselves, we may have bought it or been given it, but we are all called to be good stewards. We know that producing food is hard work, especially with the effects of climate change, soil erosion and lack of access to land and water.
Yet food which has been harvested is often wasted because it is not stored well or preserved for later. We look at different practical ways of storing (pages 8–9 and 13) and preserving food (pages 5 and 16) that are safe and low cost. We have an interview with urban farmer Claudio Oliver (page 10) who challenges us to think about God’s perspective on the way we consume food and produce waste. We hear how a local organisation in Mozambique is using orange-fleshed sweet potato in the fight against HIV and AIDS – this includes some recipes for you to try as well (pages 14–15)! On this page there is a guide to producing weaning food for infants.
Here at Footsteps we want to be good stewards not just of our food but also of the money that has been given to us. If you have received a readership questionnaire from us but haven’t returned it, this will be your last edition of Footsteps! Please do write or email us if you would like to be put back on the mailing list. We would love to keep sending you the magazine but we need to be sure you are receiving the right number of copies at the correct address.
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