Baking Cakes for Africa

It’s 8:00 on a Sunday morning and I wake to the sound of the oven beeping to tell my father that another cake is finished.  I walk upstairs to the kitchen from my room in the basement and the smell that enters my nose is heavenly.  My father, Matthew Bozdech, is hard at work baking chocolate angel food cakes so that my mother can go to Africa.  He has a full time job, but he still finds the time to bake the cakes for my mom, even if that means he has to record his favorite show, N.C.I.S, when it’s on until he has the time to watch it J.  We jokingly call my father Mr. Crocker after Betty Crocker, but his cakes are way better than any boxed cakes that can be bought.  He has gotten so many orders from people just wanting to help out in any way possible.  Thirty cakes is the last count that we have taken.  We never tell people how much they must pay, but we do tell them that all the profit will go to help my mother go to Swaziland, Africa, in July.  People have given up to fifty dollars for one of his cakes!  Some people have ordered even a couple cakes!  They take around one and a half hours to make.  Wow, what a sacrifice for my father to make for my mother!  The smell of chocolate angel food cake has permeated our house!  I was at school one day, reached over my shoulder to slide my book bag strap on, and smelled his cake in my jacket one time.  It was an instant reminder of how much my father loves my mother.

Even though I am eighteen and only senior in high school, I have been thinking that I hope to find a husband that will be willing to make sacrifices for his wife, and that I will be able to make sacrifices for my husband just like my father is doing for my mom.  My mother, Tammy Bozdech, is so grateful for my father’s sacrifice.  I will also be travelling with my mother to Swaziland.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to take part in a trip like this with my mother before I start college and my life just gets busier.

I have been thinking about Christ’s sacrifice for us too.  He gave his life so we could spend an eternity with Him.  Now, that is love!  What better way to show God’s love than by giving it away, and that’s what my mother and I plan to do in Africa.  My father is helping to make that happen.

By: Madalyn Hope Bozdech

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