Haitian Supper Fundraiser is set for Oct. 15 in Benton

Haitian Supper Fundraiser is set for Oct. 15 in Benton

The Lenord and Trish Bonnegre family of Haiti will host a Haitian Supper Fundraiser on Oct. 15 at Gospel Haven Mennonite Church in Benton.


The Bonnegre family’s annual Haitian Supper Fundraiser will take place at Gospel Haven Mennonite Church in Benton on Oct. 15 with carryout starting at 3 p.m. and dine-in at 4 p.m.

The event will be a treat for the senses with authentic tastes and smells created by Haitian cooks including Haitian rice and beans, barbecue chicken, spicy cabbage relish, and red beet salad — a simple yet authentic Haitian meal with a mixture of American cuisine.

This is the eighth year Lenord and Trish Bonnegre are serving up the cultural experience. Trish was raised in the larger Holmes County area and met Lenord Bonnegre in Haiti over 20 years ago. They married 11 years ago, and together they launched Restoring Lives Ministry to serve the Haitian people through church, pastoral training and providing education to the youth and children.

New for this year, a musical program including two local bands and a Haitian group will take place throughout the evening starting at 5:30 p.m. Lenord Bonnegre also will provide an update on the ongoing ministry in Haiti.

The call to the ministry came to Lenord Bonnegre 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, Bonnegre endured frustration of how to work it out. After much discouragement and limited resources, he began exploring options of how to 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.

Lenord and Trish Bonnegre are encouraged as the response continues to grow in support of the event 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 Bonnegre grew up with. Many people from the larger Holmes and Tuscarawas areas have visited Haiti on mission-related endeavors, and this gives 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 information on the fundraiser, call Marion and Tena Mullet at 330-852-2059.

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