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Bakers raise helpful dough


Pam Burnette leads the Teacake Ministry based at Burke United Methodist Church in Texas.
Pam Burnette leads the Teacake Ministry based at Burke United Methodist Church in Texas.

The aroma of fresh baked teacakes lingered in the air for days after Pam Burnette and other volunteers mixed special ingredients, rolled out the dough, cut the cookies, baked and packaged 450 dozen of them in early May. The efforts raised funds to help people affected by the West, Texas, explosion.

Burnette, a member of Burke (Texas) United Methodist Church, said God gave her the idea of baking teacakes to raise funds for survivors of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Planning to bake 50 dozen teacakes, she gathered eight women from the church in her mother's kitchen.

To her surprise, the announcement of the project brought orders for 500 dozen teacakes. Burnette, who loves to bake, knew that God had called her to the teacake ministry.

In 2011, an expanded team from Shared Ministry of Angelina County—United Methodist baked another 400 dozen teacakes for Haiti relief. The team from Burke, Diboll, Ryan Chapel and St. Paul's United Methodist churches later worked collectively to bake for the Lakota Indian children.

The West, Texas, benefit baking netted $2,250. The team is considering how it might respond to those affected by recent devastating tornadoes. The proceeds from the teacake sales are distributed through the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

"This has bought blessings to all the people in the four churches," said the Rev. Becky Love.

"We do a lot of sharing, laughing and bonding while we are baking the teacakes," said Burnette, who mixes the family recipe dough and organizes the ministry. "We also talk about prayer needs for our families and offer support to one another." She believes that when many hands join together, they can accomplish many things for God.

Christine Kumar is a freelance writer based in Silver Spring, Md.

AT A GLANCE: Burke United Methodist Church | 124 Blue Jay St., Diboll, TX 75941 | 936-829-4491 | | Rev. Becky Love | Texas Conference