Church missionaries offer peek at life in France and Botswana


November 19, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE HUNDRED AND sixty members of Grace Bible Church in Manchester caught a glimpse of the life of missionaries in Botswana and France Sunday evening.

Bob and Esther Genheimer serve in Botswana, and Steve and Beth Coffey serve in France. The couples gave language lessons and short talks about life in two countries on two diverse continents. Botswana is in southern Africa.

The experience became a theatrical treat. Church members turned the gymnasium into an African restaurant, a French cafe and a rural Botswana home. The home, made of sticks and straw, was inside a high stockade of lashed branches.

As in Botswana, a complicated handshake was required to enter the home. Bob Genheimer said his family lives and works in a city but has often visited similar rural sites.

Roger Brackney is director of missions at Grace Bible Church. The small church supports 32 missionaries and organizations around the world, contributing $71,000 annually. Later this month, missionaries from Ecuador and Brazil will visit the church.

"Reaching out is one of the missions of the church," Brackney said. "We're not part of a denomination. We support different agencies involved around the world, those who are concerned with what we believe, such as foreign service, domestic missions and support missions."

The cultural exchange included indigenous foods served in authentic settings. The African cafe had a grass roof and candlelight. The French cafe was decorated with paintings.

In the kitchen, Sally Bird oversaw the African menu of manoko, or peanut soup, followed by yasa, a rich chicken broth served over rice. Typically, the broth is sopped up with small deep-fried rolls called fat cakes, but the health-conscious church ladies substituted tiny baked rolls. The dessert, at least, was familiar.

"Canned fruit cocktail is a delicacy purchased in towns. They serve it with cream," Bird said.

Mary Wesley, the French chef for the night, read French cookbooks to create a menu that "was convenient and feasible," she said. She expected more than 80 church members to try the French onion soup, chicken saute and the rich eclair.

Concert invitation

Senior citizens are invited to the annual Christmas concert by the North Carroll High School Chorus at 12: 15 p.m. Dec. 2 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Main Street, Hampstead.

The concert is a traditional event sponsored by the Women's Club of Hampstead. Officers of the General Federation of Women's Clubs will attend. Expected are Barbara Peck, president of the Maryland Federation, and Martha Jackowski, president of the Western District, and their supporting officers.

Invitations have been sent to the Senior Citizens of Hampstead, Senior Citizens of Manchester, and the North Carroll Senior Center.

Winery open house

The Basignani Winery, at the foot of Black Rock Road and Falls Road, will hold its annual open house from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 4 and 5.

Tours, tastings, cider, cheese and cookies are offered at the hillside country winery. The cost is $2 per car.

Information: 410-472-0703.

Pub Date: 11/19/97

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