When people arrive for dinner at Glenview Alliance Church, some will receive full-course meals while others will get rice and beans.
Those receiving the meals will get to sit on a platform to eat, while the rice-and-bean eaters will get less-charming seating, said the Rev. Andrew Knisely, associate pastor at the church in Glen Rock.
The dinner exercise is designed to show people how it feels for people in third-world nations that only have 10 percent of the world's resources -- including food and finances -- available to them for survival, he said.
"We get 90 percent of the resources here (in America)," Knisely said.
The exercise will be part of "The Project Experience" museum tour to be held Saturday through Tuesday at the church at 10037 Susquehanna Trail South.
Tour hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, according to Knisely.
Third world: For the event, the church will set up a walk-through museum where the public can learn about the everyday life and needs of people living in third-world countries. The museum includes rooms that will be set up with items, information and videos.
The Project Experience was created by the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination, which created museum kits for churches to use for their own tours, Knisely said.
At Glenview, the museum also will highlight the church's seven-year relationship with Burkina Faso, a West African country, where Glenview members have done mission work, including construction projects, food distributions and providing trikes for people with polio and other disabilities.
A museum room will show how much food Americans consume in comparison to poor countries. There will be examples of what a typical dinner plate looks like in America and what people from Burkina Faso eat as a meal, Knisely said.
The museum will provide information about the church's mission work in Burkina Faso, he said.
The children: "The museum tells a story of what it's like to grow up in one of the poorest countries in the world," he said. "It all starts with water. There are children who can't go to school because they have to get water for their families. They walk three or four miles back and forth all day to bring water home."
Some children have to work away from home to help pay for sick family members' medical care for malaria. Because these children have no protection, they can become victims of human trafficking operations or easily be forced to work at brothels, Knisley said.
"There's a room where there's a cross and mirrors and scriptures on a wall and (attendees) can reflect on actions they can take to help stop this stuff," Knisley said. "They can think through what are some concrete steps that they can take to be part of the solution."
The church also will hold a missionary conference during the museum event, with worship services beginning at 7 p.m. nightly.
During the services, people can learn more about missionary experiences and how to help the church continue its work, Knisely said.
The dinner exercise will be held an hour before the 7 p.m. services.
"There's free food, but we'll have something in place where people will have to pick a card or something to learn what type of meal they're getting," Knisely said.
If you go:
The Project Experience museum tour will be held from Saturday, Oct. 13, to Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Glenview Alliance Church, 10037 Susquehanna Trail South in Glen Rock.
The tour hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. A missionary conference will be held at 7 p.m. nightly. Dinner is at 6 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
For information or to schedule a tour, call Stephanie Benjamin at 654-6679 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.