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Manna from the Pastor’s Family Table (Part 3)

So we dropped the “monthly” from the title.  That just makes the ones you get all the more appreciated, right?!  The main dishes from this meal are some of my favorites ever, but I have started adding my own twists and touches to recipes as I’ve gotten older. 

Starfruit Salad
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
3 TBSP oil
1 TBSP honey
garlic powder
1 10 oz. package torn mixed Italian blend salad greens
1 small starfruit, thinly sliced (just wash, no need to peel)
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced

In a jar, combine vinegar, oil and honey.  Cover and shake well.  In a very large bowl, toss together salad greens, starfruit, blueberries and onion.  Shake dressing well; pour over salad mixture.  Toss salad mixture lightly to coat.  (Makes 8 servings)

Kathy Barros Chicken
This recipe is one of my absolute favorites…ever.  It comes from one of our very special missionaries to Brazil, Kathy Barros, and it’s oooooh so good (and easy)! 

6 chicken breasts, deboned & skinned
1/4 C. lemon juice
1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. parsley

Marinate the chicken with all the other remaining ingredients.  Can marinate overnight or just 2-3 hours.  Fry in 1 tsp. of butter until done.  (I start out on medium or medium high and then right when they’re just about done, I crank it up to high to give them a little color and crispiness). 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Kathy Barros, mom to so many at the A&O Home, always served baked sweet potatoes with her chicken, but here’s my little twist on the traditional menu. 

4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper
garlic powder
chili powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Lay sweet potatoes out in a single layer on roasting tray.  Drizzle olive oil and spices over potatoes.  Roast for 25-30 minutes or until tender. 

Sauteed Broccolini
1 bunch broccolini
1/2 tsp. salt
2 TBSP. unsalted butter
1/2 lemon, zested
juice from 1/2 lemon (or 1 TBSP. lemon juice)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Blanch the broccolini in a large pot of boiling salted water for 2 minutes.  Drain immediately and immerse in a bowl of ice water. 

Melt the butter in a large saute pan.  Add the lemon zest and garlic and stir.  Drain the broccolini and add it to the garlic mixture and heat for 2 minutes.  Add the lemon juice, salt and the pepper, and toss well before serving.  (Yield: 6 servings)

Well, you’re on your own this time around.  I served some lemon cream cheese pound cake my neighbor gave us yesterday!

Mission Update: Odali and Kathy of Alpha and Omega Home

An Update from Odali and Kathy of the Alpha and Omega Children’s Home [Brazil]
          These last few months at Alpha and Omega have been a whirlwind of changes and surprises.  We have gone from 92 kids, to the 6 that still linger behind.  It has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions. As this 5 months of tug-of-war draws to an end, and the last children leave the home, we have set our eyes forward.  We are ready to begin this new phase that God has set before us. 

            The judging process is expected to last several months, but by the grace of God, we are setting our goals to reopen Alpha and Omega Children’s Home early next year.    When we do, we want the building and the staff, to be replenished, revived, and just like new.  The groups that have come down in these last few months have been a great help in jumpstarting all the of the many work projects that need to be completed.  However, there are still many things that need to be done before we can reopen.  One in particular, is to update the home to meet fire safety standards (fire extinguishers, hoses, etc.)  We still do not know the exact costs for this, but it is a pricy task. 

            Financially, our goal is to keep the bills paid, and yet still have available funds  to continue the necessary improvements.  However, that is not an easy task.  All of the support that we received from social departments in Brazil has been cut off since the children were removed.  It also seems as though many of our faithful American supporters have become confused by our situation here, and have put their donations on hold.  In two weeks time, we received only $200.00 of support.  Needless to say, that just doesn’t cut it. 

            We have decided to hold a huge yard sale and a dinner, here in Brazil, to raise money to sustain our ministry.  I am writing to you, CHALLENGING you, to do the same.  Here is your challenge:  SPRING CLEAN!  It’s that time of year, and everyone has things in their homes, that they no longer need or use.  We are asking that you consider having a yard sale on behalf of Alpha and Omega Children’s Home.  Include your family, friends, church, and neighbors.  Advertise the yard sale, and the cause.  If your subdivision does not allow yard sales, consider joining up with someone else, or doing it at your church.  EBay is also an option to sell things.  If a yard sale isn’t an option, some other ideas are: car washes, bake sales, love offering, etc.  If you need other creative ideas, just send us an email, and we would be glad to help you brainstorm.  We are sending this challenge to everyone we can.  If you know someone who may be interested, and is not on our mailing list, please pass this on.  Share the information with your friends, family, and churches.  Even though the Devil has managed to put a pause on the Alpha and Omega Children’s Home, we know that God is in control.  We have full faith that He has not finished His work through our ministry.  Help us make Alpha and Omega better than ever before! 

         As an example of the impact made on the lives who come to Alpha and Omega, here is a letter that Katie received last week during her visit to Manaus, written by one of the girls who lived here for several years. 


            I want you to know that I am going to miss you a lot…

These days that you spent here were really meant a lot to us.  I also want you to know that it doesn’t matter what happens, I am always going to love you, because you are the best mom I have ever had…

I am really sorry about the things that have happened to Alpha, they can take the kids away, but what they have learned there, no one can take from them.  And above everything, God knows what to do, and you know that…

Even though we were often ungrateful, we cannot deny that the future of many was changed for the better after coming to Alpha and Omega.  Even though, some of them don’t have the capacity to put into practice what they have learned, because they are cowards and are scared to live a different way of life.  I ask God that I may not be one of those, but if it is God’s will, I will be ok…

Thank you for being this wonderful mother in my life…because through God, you gave me a reason to look at life in a loving way even though I had such a difficult childhood. 

Forgive me for the many times that I still make a lot of mistakes.  Not that it is necessary, but sometimes we have to learn the most difficult way before we really open our eyes…

Thank you for everything, from the bottom of my heart.  I love you all very much. 

           Just to give you an idea of the ministry that is still taking place here at Alpha and Omega, here are a few pictures from the kite festival held a couple of weeks ago by the group from Georgetown College.  It was a great success!  We had over 200 kids and their parents here the entire day!  It was wonderful!

            In Christ,

                   Kathy and Odali

Missionary Update: Odali & Kathy Barros

May 14, 2008

Dear friends and prayer partners,

            Hope all is well with each of you.  We are doing pretty good.  For the most part things are still the same.  We still have some kids here. A few more have left this week.  We have heard that the judge gave another 48 hours to remove the rest.  Well, that is easier said than done.  So we just sit here and wait and see what they are going to do.  Actually we are not really just sitting while we wait.  We have already started working.  The first thing that we are doing is working on the kitchen.  We were going to paint the walls in the kitchen above the tiles.  But as I started to check out the cost for paint, I decided that for a little more we could tile the wall all the way up to the ceiling.  We found a good deal and purchased the tile.  Then we just painted the ceiling.  It looks great.  We have half of it done.  Also we changed some of the transparent roofing that is in part of the kitchen.  What was there was old and in really bad shape.  By the end of the week, the kitchen should look like a new place. 

            We have a college group here from Georgetown College this week.  They will be painting some more rooms.  We are really excited about getting everything done.  We want to get a head start just in case the judge says we need to get the improvements done. We have given the engineer the plans of the home so we can get the approval from the fire department.  Once the fire department signs the plans done by the engineer, we will need to start working on the requirements and specifications.  That will probably cost a good amount.  That will include emergency lights, the signs and extinguishers.  Hopefully we won’t have to put in fire hydrants.  As we can, we will also be working on the floors.  Lots of the floor tiles are old and in really bad shape.  We want to color coordinate the bedrooms without using too much money.  Also, we are working on some manuals for the hall parents and workers.  I guess, as I say, you would like to know who the (we’s) are.  Well, we are: me (Kathy), Lizene (our social worker), Luiza (one of our lawyers) and Jennifer Pratt.  We want to take care of things even though the kids are not all here.  We don’t want people to think that we gave up and have quit.  If the place belongs to God, we need to stay on the move.  God is in control if our faith leads us to believe it or not.  Odali is still in Manaus at the home there.  They have had some problems there to.  It sounds to me like the Prosecutor from here got in touch with the one there.  He went to visit the home and started talking about all the problems and needs.  So it really sounds like THE ENEMY is at work.  I just hope that those of us that TRULY BELIEVE IN THE ONE AND ONLY GOD, will get on the ball and stay on track.  May GOD use us the way HE wants and that we will be submissive to HIS voice.  

Here are some pictures of the kitchen that is being worked on.