Letters to the editor

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EASTER EGGS AND CHRISTMAS MEALS

Thank you so much for the Food and Faith issue. Since my husband’s mother was Italian, I learned to make Easter Bread. It was amazing to discover that the raw-in-shell colored Easter eggs woven into the bread baked like hard-boiled eggs. 

I grew up in Sugar Creek, MO. Much of the town was of Slovak descent. On Holy Saturday the Catholic Church blessed the various food items that were to be eaten Easter morning. The local ladies brought lovely Easter baskets filled with Potica (walnut roll-up bread), ham, sausage, and homemade egg cheese. 

The traditional Slovak Christmas Eve dinner consisted of Oplatky (Christmas wafers), honey, wine, Pagach, Bobalky, Rozky, and nut and poppy seed rolls. Most of the foods were prepared with home-grown crops. These foods were part of my childhood along with faith, family, and now happy memories.—Nancy Pallo Hennis, Jourdanton, TX


A crowd of readers I was elated to see my name in the last issue. In prison most offenders don’t receive mail or acknowledgments from anyone. And usually the mail we receive, like magazines, we share with everyone else. Well, your magazine is shared by not only myself but apparently several other offenders here on Eastham, because I have had a ton of people come up and tell me they saw my name in the “Letters to the Editor” section. So please know that your magazine is read by more than just those on your subscription list. 

Also, have you ever thought of doing an issue on Christian higher education and the history behind it? I attend the Therapon Theological Seminary and Bible College here on the unit. . . . Again, thank you for all you do and we’ll keep praying for you and ask you to do the same for us.— Johnny Wooten, Lovelady, TX


Thanks, Johnny, for that wonderful testimony. We are in fact seriously discussing doing an issue on Christian involvement in primary, secondary, and higher education



TOO CORNY?

On page 8 of issue 125, there is a mention of corn. Didn’t Europe and the rest of the “Eastern World” not have this grain until explorers brought it back from the New World? I’m aware it’s translated as corn in the Bible. Please set me straight. I’m married to a Navajo so this is a pet peeve of ours!—Suzanne via email 


“Corn” means “grain” in British English, the dialect of that article’s author (and incidentally of the editor’s British husband, which is probably why I read right past it). American corn, which was indeed unknown in the Old World until the age of exploration, is called “maize” in the UK.

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[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #126 in 2018]

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