Photo: Marc and Tessa Cadet and their daughters. The Cadets are House Parents in Bethel’s McCallie Cottage for boys.
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
When Marc Cadet was growing up in Haiti, he loved spending time in the kitchen with his mom as she prepared his favorite Haitian dishes.
Fast forward to today in Bethel’s McCallie Cottage, where he and his wife Tessa are House Parents to a home full of American boys, previously raised on burgers and fries.
Most of the boys had never tasted Haitian food. But Marc, who moved to the U.S. in 2012, has been introducing them to the rich flavors and spices of his childhood.
Special Time in the Kitchen
It started with “griot,” a marinated pork shoulder that is one of Haiti’s most loved dishes (which can also be made with beef.) The boys were so intrigued by the griot preparation, they were willing to skip their outdoors play time to help out.
This time in the kitchen has become a valuable bonding time, where the boys learn life lessons and deepen their relationship with the Cadets, and in doing so, with God.
“It’s those special times together that make a difference,” Marc said, noting how this special bond has had a positive impact on devotion time in the Cottage.
Filled — and Fulfilled
“The boys have so much insight, they are so honest and they all participate,” Marc added. “They were vulnerable with us and one another.”
“Since we’ve been at Bethel, I’ve felt fulfilled like never before,” Marc noted. And looking around the Cottage kitchen table it’s clear the feeling among the boys is mutual. While filling their plates, the boys are being nourished spiritually and emotionally. And above all, love feeds their souls, and creates a place for change in their lives that will have an eternal impact.
Try This at Home
Ready to try your hand at griot? See Marc’s special recipe.
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