Joy and Practical Discipleship in the Kitchen

Please welcome Chef Ben Odongo as the leader of our kitchen classes. For three years he worked as a pastry chef at Hotel Paradise on the Nile River in Jinja, Uganda. His creativity in decorating cakes and adventuresome spirit trying new things opened other doors. In addition to baking he enjoys grilling chicken, and whole goat. While working at the hotel he loved grilling for guests by the swimming pool. Due to Ben’s passion to preach the Gospel he resigned from his hotel job to become a bi-vocational missionary to different regions of Uganda and countries within East Africa.

Ben’s first degree was in Project Planning and Entrepreneurship from 2008-2011 at Uganda Christian University. The degree comes in handy with his custom cake baking business. Currently he is working on a Master of Divinity degree at Uganda Christian University.  Teaching the Word of God and its practical application comes through even in the recipes he shares.

Over the years we discovered that fellowship and discipleship happen in the kitchen. With the stresses of life comfort food adds joy and zest to our day. Practical discipleship allows us to grow in our faith in Jesus while experiencing principles of communication, integrity, discipline in time keeping, teamwork, budgeting money, measurements and following instructions.

Guests whether students or alumni look forward to experiencing classes in the Kingdom View kitchen because many practical things are taught. Have you ever thought about the skills that develop character being nurtured in the kitchen?

At Kingdom View our focus is to honor God in all aspects of our day whether it is cooking, cleaning, studying, working, traveling, or shopping. Discipleship is about our total life and when we focus on God in all areas, we find wholehearted devotion and joy.

Some of the concepts focus on the following things are related to scripture verses that develop character.

Making impactful disciples, teaching responsibility, life skills, financial responsibility, collaboration, self-sustainable professionalism, and developing professional habits. Expected outcomes: time and resource management, teamwork, planning and organization, respect for one another, effective communication.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

A man's heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, Philippians 2:3

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

The activities consist of a variety of things including table decorations, proper dining etiquette, table setting and utensil usage, baking, meal planning, recipe selection, use of a variety of kitchen tools and appliances.

Kingdom Kitchen Recipes

Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Maple Syrup Glaze Garnished with Candied Pecans

Banana Bread

Fish Cakes

Pumpkin Yogurt Cheesecake