SUGARCREEK — Haitian rice and beans, chicken, spicy cabbage relish, red beet salad; it all adds up to a simple yet authentic Haitian meal.
It was an idea that launched seven years ago when Lenord and Trish Bonnegre from Haiti cooked up the first Haitian Supper Fundraiser and served it to the community, and 280 people attended.
Trish Bonnegre’s initial response was surprise, but she was also excited that people were interested in such an event.
She was raised in the larger Holmes County area and met Lenord Bonnegre in Haiti more than 20 years ago. They married 10 years ago in 2010. Together they launched ‘Restoring Lives Ministry’ to serve the Haitian people through church, pastoral training, and providing education to the youth and children.
All are invited to attend the Haitian Supper Fundraiser set for Friday evening, Aug. 28, serving 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maranatha Church, 941 state Route 93, in Sugarcreek. Take-out will be served, as well as, dine-in with extra precautions taken in consideration of COVID-19.
The call to the ministry came to Lenord’s life in his late teens.
“I want to see the church progress spiritually,” he said of his ministry vision.
Though the call to the ministry was clear, he endured frustration of how to walk it out. After much discouragement and limited resources he began exploring options of how he can serve people in the states and use it as an avenue to raise funds to help his own people in the village of Passé boi d’ormes (pronounced Paws-Bwadom) in Haiti.
Each year, the crowd attending the fundraiser has grown and the positive response serves as a great encouragement to Lenord and Trish and the ministry they have been called to in Haiti. They feel like each attendee somehow becomes a part of the ministry to bring freedom, deliverance and hope to the people of the island of Haiti.
Most of the food is prepared in the same Haitian style that Lenord grew up with. Many people from the larger Holmes and Tuscarawas County areas have visited Haiti on mission-related endeavors and this gives them an opportunity to reconnect with the tastes, culture and ministry on the island. All guests are welcome to dine for a freewill donation to benefit the ministry.
For more info on the Aug. 28 fundraiser of special Haitian food, along with a dessert, contact Marion and Tena Mullet at 330-852-2059.