Salem UMC in Waukesha held their “Battle of the Lasagna Chefs” on Sunday February 4th. After worship, everyone received a sample of each lasagna, and then placed their vote for the best. The winner was Richard Manns, and he was bestowed with a white chef’s hat, and also a hand-crafted trophy that was made with dry lasagna noodles!

Of course, all of this was great fun, but the real reason for the contest was to raise money for Medical Missionaries’ children’s malnutrition program at St. Joseph’s Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti. Their goal was to raise enough money to pay for the salary of a local Haitian man who is a facilitator in the medical clinic. They raised $1,800, which is enough to sponsor his salary for a whole year!  They also collected desperately needed products for the clinic in Thomassique: Ibuprofen, Liquid Children’s Tylenol, Neosporin, and medical gloves. Two days following the Lasagna Battle, Salem’s pastor Paola Benecchi traveled to Haiti with her daughter Betta (who is currently a fellow with Medical Missionaries) to deliver the items collected, and the money that was raised from the Lasagna battle. Pastor Paola spent one week at the clinic to help with the children’s malnutrition program. 

Medical Missionaries, a nonprofit company, is a volunteer group of more than 200 doctors, nurses, dentists, and others who work to improve the health of the poorest of the poor in the U.S. and throughout the world. They provide medical care and medical supplies, clothing, and food to the areas they serve. To learn more, visit