Today is the first time that I have had some time all to myself in the middle of the day in forever. The five oldest went to Miss Jasmine’s house for an end of the school year party and Aimee is taking her afternoon nap. I may have indulged in the last piece of chocolate cake, without even sharing. Ahh…
While enrolled in education courses at what is now Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, it was quite common to hear my professors tell us students that teachers do not teach for the money. They weren’t lying. Then came the opportunity to be a campus minister for the Wesley Foundation in Joplin, MO at Missouri Southern State University. The pay took a turn for the worse. Finally, God returned our family to Haiti to serve as missionaries. We were definitely not climbing the ladder of worldly success, which was never very high on our priority list anyway. The succession of these life events is making it difficult for me to wrap my mind around why we are trying to get our pizzeria off the ground. Do I feel like we are doing what God is leading us to do? Yes, but I have no idea for the why, which is ok.
For over a year, we have been talking about opening a restaurant. Originally we thought we were heading towards a Mexican restaurant in Haiti (which if someone would ever do that, I would definitely be there!). I am not sure how to explain this, but pizza makes us feel normal. Just like a big plate of rice and beans makes a Haitian feel at home, pizza does the same for us. Unfortunately there are not a lot of choices when it comes to pizza in Haiti, so we started making it at home. My husband starting inviting guests over for pizza. People started requesting pizza on their return trips. We held a wedding and pizza reception at our house. Pizza Amour it is!
Already we have hosted a few groups of short term mission teams, served some customers in our front yard seating area, and have sold quite a few take-out orders to those passing by our house. I never dreamed of moving to Haiti to start a pizzeria, but as weird as it sounds, it seems quite natural. In case there is a question, yes, Eric is still working for Operation Blessing as the acting national director of Haiti. We are only making pizzas on the weekends and for special group requests!
Many thanks to Jadon Salvant for helping us with our logo!