Cooking with Jesus in Ukraine

Uploaded by UnitedMethodistTV on 14.07.2010

In L'viv Ukraine Texas native Shannon Goran
has some shopping to do. Because she and husband David
have whipped up a winning recipe.
(Shannon asking for bread in Ukranian)
David Goran: This is "Cooking with Jesus"
As United Methodist missionaries, the Gorans
open their small kitchen once a week to college students
who are eager to experiment with American cuisine.
David: They said, Would you teach a cooking class?
And we said, Yes, we would do it.
But, we'll make a deal with you.
You guys will, on top of it, invite your
friends and we will do a Bible study together.'
The Gorans focus their ministry on young Ukrainians
because this first post-Soviet generation is exploring
faith on their own terms.
The students are inquisitive but they're also ...
Shannon Goran: "Messy, it's very messy."
"Cooking with Jesus" has a waiting list of young scholars
who hunger for a new flavor of faith.
Through peer-led discussions, they build on Orthodox roots and
expand beyond traditional high-church formality.
Shannon Goran, United Methodist Missionary: They are tomorrow's
leaders, tomorrow's change.
And Ukraine is right on the brink of that change.
Demonstrating that there are new ways to think about church,
the Gorans encourage leadership and service,
like this outreach effort at a nearby orphanage.
Erika, University Student: They have a new view of Christianity.
So it's kind of like more passion
for it and more life in it.
Yet, once a week, it's back to the kitchen
for delectable discernment.
Maksum: Traditional churches don't have anything like this.
So it's like in the Christian faith that is alive.
This breaking of bread is sustenance with substance.
David: I find it to be very Biblical, the breaking of bread,
the spending time in meal together and creating real
Christian community.