*This story first appeared in The Budget’s July 11, 2018, Local Edition.
By Arlen Miller
Special to The Budget
Rice. Beans. Haitian chicken. Spicy cabbage relish. Red beet salad. A simple yet authentic Haitian meal. It was an idea that launched five years ago when Lenord and Trish Bonnegre from Haiti cooked up the first Haitian Supper Fundraiser and served it to 280 locals. “We felt surprised, mostly, but also excited that there was so much interest in an event like this,” Trish said.
Trish was raised in Holmes County and met Lenord Bonnegre in Haiti about 20 years ago. They married in 2010. Together, they launched Restoring Lives Ministry to serve the Haitian people through church, pastoral training, and education.
For Lenord, the call to ministry came in his late teen years. “I want to see the church progress spiritually,” he shared of the experience that didn’t come without roadblocks and tests of faith. He found himself discouraged and started looking at ways to fundraise for the people of Passe Boi d’Orme in Haiti where he lived. The fundraiser in Sugarcreek has become a beacon of light for Lenord as well as Trish in their growing ministry in Haiti. For them, each attendee of the event is an extension of the ministry that brings freedom and hope to Haiti.
Next Friday, July 20, from 5 – 8 p.m., the couple will be helping to cook up a feast at Maranatha Church on State Route 93. Takeout is available starting at 4:30 p.m. The food is prepared in the authentic Haitian style the Bonnegres use when they’re in Haiti. An added treat will be a sundae bar featuring Mudd Valley Ice Cream.
For more info, contact Esther Troyer at 330-204-1502. To learn more about Lenord and Trish Bonnegre’s ministry, visit their website at RestoringLivesMinistry.com.