In more than 8 years of life and ministry together, Jeff and I have seen few things as impacting for building friendship and discipleship as the sharing of food.

Who doesn’t love that? We’ve come to realized people aren’t just coming to us for food, it’s the way they are encountering Jesus around our dinner table that brings them back. Friends all over the world are experiencing this too—Holy Spirit parties and intercession breaking out over scrambled eggs and waffles!

Butternut and Kale Baked Frittata Recipe

 Be sure and check out Bethany’s Blog called CommunityEats for more recipes

Butternut community eats

 

  • Olive Oil
  • I large bunch Kale, stalk removed and diced 1 small Butternut squash, grated
  • 1 large Red Onion, diced
  • 2 cups sliced Brown Mushrooms
  • 1 cup crumble Feta Cheese ( optional)
  • 20 Eggs
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 tsp Chili flakes
  • 2 Tbsp fresh Thyme ( removed from stalks) Sea Salt to taste

In a heavy skillet, sauté the onions and mushrooms in 2 Tbsp Olive Oil until soft. Add in the diced kale and continue to cook while stirring for 3 more minutes. You want to just wilt the kale, it should still be very bright green.

Transfer the sautéed vegetable mixture to a large casserole dish ( LARGE) and add the grated butternut, herbs, feta, chili flakes, and about 1 1/2 tsp sea salt and spread out to cover the bottom of the dish evenly.

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and coconut milk. Pour this over the vegetables and bake at 375 / 180 for 30 minutes or until just browned on top and firm in the middle.

Have a fun brunch!

Hospitality is a big deal in the Bible. Gathering over meals also is talked about often! Why? Jesus is our model, he often ate with his disciples and some of his most powerful ministry happened around parties and food. Mary pouring oil on his feet during a feast—Jesus’ response shifted culture, from the dinner table not the pulpit!

In Acts 1, we see Jesus at the table with his disciples teach and training, at the Last Supper we see the same. His interactions with Mary and Martha, the Wedding feast etc… over and and over! Jesus is where people are and people love to gather around food. As believers seeking to ‘make disciples’ we must be where people are in their day to day—and create a place for them to join us in ours. Where better than our tables?

Jeff and I now live in SA where we are leading out missional communities. One of the key ways we are building meaningful friendships within our team is through shared meal times. The Community Transformations Training Schools and Communities all over the USA meet in a similar way. We gather weekly either all together or family with family and make the dinner our connecting point instead of an office.

We believe that one key to making the most of your dinner table is intentional conversation. Someone might bring up a scripture and we unpack it together. Other times we share what we have been thankful for in that day. Lately the Lord has met us deeply as we each ask Him what affirmation or prophetic word He wants to share with others sitting at the table.

Children included, we share what He showed us and pray for one another. Meal time is about so much more than food for us now. Fussy kids, unexpected strangers or wise old grandparents are all blessed!

Wherever you are and whatever your ministry or journey with the Lord looks like, I encourage you to make your dinner table a place for encountering Jesus. Why not begin weekly having dinner with a few other close friends?

Start a ‘SupperClub’ with another family in your church. Regularly invite new believers or ‘pre-believers’ to join you. Allow this to grow into a life-bringing tradition you look forward to! “Practice Hospitality” (Romans 12:13) in your home, dormitory or break room. You will discover the Heart of God as you do!

Photos by Hannah Seigrist and erin.kkr. Recipe by CommunityEats.

Bethany Reid
and her husband, Jeff, lead a community of Jesus followers in Cape Town, South Africa. They are passionate about discipleship, community, sports, food and fashion. And they love YWAM. Follow them at: www.followthereids.com