Sunday afternoons are one of our most relaxing days. My husband and I usually spend that part of the day doing nothing. Ok, really by nothing I mean he falls asleep on the couch watching sports, and I surf Pinterest. Like I said, nothing really. And now that football season is here, that is pretty much guaranteed to be our Sunday afternoons until Super Bowl. Time to bring out the foot ball food, right? Good thing things like BLT Meatball Sliders are so easy to make and taste great to eat.
I am so thankful to be married to my best friend. He may not totally understand me every single day, but he loves me unconditionally, no matter what. I am so blessed that he fully supports my new found “job” in the blogging world. He isn’t a big sweets eater, but he usually tries it all and gives me feedback or new ideas to try out. He puts up with my sugar love, my constant “checking in”, answering emails and recipe requests, and he also cheers me on to keep giving it my best because he knows how much I love it.
Have I mentioned yet just how awesome my husband is? :-) I am so proud of him for being the Godly, spiritual leader for our family. It has been an adventure this year as we transitioned to full time ministry. After working a swing shift job for over 5 years, it has been nice to have him home every evening for dinner and homework help. I don’t tell him enough, but every Sunday I am in awe at the love he has for our God and the people we serve.
A few years ago we had the opportunity to go to Haiti on a missions trip together. What an eye opening experience to see first hand the poverty, the bleakness, and yet the joy these wonderful people have for life. It makes me cringe to think of the things I have, and the things I complain about when I look back to what we saw there. If you are interested, you can read the posts I wrote about Mission: Haiti and Lessons from Haiti.
Our church has been extremely involved with Haiti missions for the past 9 years that we have been there. Our church partners with the organization HAFF that is located in the central plateau region of Haiti. We have had many teams go into the country and help with projects, and we send Haiti Christmas bags to them every year. Two years ago when we went, our lead pastor and my husband helped host a pastor’s conference with about 75 pastors from around the area. They spent the entire day teaching these men how to make a difference for Christ in their communities. One of the most amazing things I heard was that one Haitian pastor got up at 3 am to walk 5 hours to spend the day at the conference. Ouch! It makes you take a hard look at yourself and at the things you think are important in life. I don’t even like to get up early on a Sunday morning, let along walk even a little bit to get to church. Yet this man walked 5 hours to learn more about the Bible and God. Very inspiring and humbling when you put it into that perspective.
In just a few short months, my husband and our pastor are headed back to Haiti to lead another more in depth pastor’s conference for the men in that area. These men are hungry to learn the Word of God, so they can teach their own church families and communities. They have asked our pastors to come again with a longer commitment to teaching. So over the next 3 years, they are going to go 6 times, a week at a time. They will have the conference over 2 days, and then they will be there to help with any needs at the facility or in the area. Again I am so proud that my husband wants to be a part of this mission and wants to do what he can for these amazing men.
It is always inspiring to see just how God provides the money and the supplies for trips like these. When I went last time, I collected old glasses to take for the clinic to pass out when they were able to.
This year I really wanted to be able to do something again for the pastor’s conference. Would you be willing to partner with our team that is going into Haiti this year? Now I don’t want you to answer that right away, unless you know without a doubt that donating money to this wonderful mission is what you could do. I would ask you to pray about it first and see if God puts a burden on your heart for the amazing people in Haiti. If you do see that you want to help, any amount of money would make a difference in the country of Haiti. A $5 gift goes a long way to support the pastor’s conference. When I think about how many times I stop at Starbucks and pay $5 for one drink, I realize how easy it would be to give one up for this great cause.
Would you join me in giving up one drink this month and instead donate that $5 towards the pastors in Haiti. Below is a link where you can donate
Every single penny that is donated on our church website is going directly to our Haiti fund. We want to provide every pastor that attends with a leather briefcase that they can carry their Bible and supplies in. The notes from the pastor’s conference will be printed and bound for them to put in the briefcase as well. Water bottles with carabiners for each pastor will be provided as well any items that local businesses will donate for the pastor’s to take home to their families and friends.
We are asking for a things from our friends and family.
First, please pray for the pastor’s as they prepare to go, that God would work in their lives as they prepare to help pastors lead people who are going through struggles that we cannot even imagine.
Second, please pray for the Haitian pastors who sacrifice to come to the conference. Pray that it would be an encouraging time in Christ for their ministries.
Third, our church is taking on the cost and expenses for this upcoming training. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with my church as they look to speak the name of Christ.
And last, would you share this mission with others in your life? Pin this recipe as many times and to as many boards as we can. Let’s do everything we can to help a country in need. The more people we can share this post with is more people we can partner with on this mission.
Here is a link to the church’s website that tells a little more about the endeavor and where you can give your donation.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Ok, let’s talk about these little sandwiches for a minute. For some reason I just think a meatball slider sounds like man food. Since my husband isn’t a huge dessert eater, I didn’t want to share chocolate in a post that was kind of all about him. He is definitely more into the savory dishes than anything else.
These meatballs are really easy to do. One bowl, your hands, and a baking sheet…that’s all you need to make these. You mix all your meatball ingredients together in a bowl, and then you can use a spoon or your hands to mix everything together. You use your hands to roll them into meatballs, so I just use my hands to mix it up. One less dish to wash. 20 minutes in the oven and a bath in barbecue sauce, and they are ready to be made into sliders.
I used prepackaged cooked bacon just because it was easier, but feel free to cook your own fresh bacon for yours. And of course Hawaiian rolls are a must have for a slider sandwich, but again feel free to use whatever you have or like there.
Grab a few of these and you are ready for a relaxing Sunday on the couch watching football…or sleeping if that’s what you do best too
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