"I visited the mission in Mouila with a friend in the summer of 2013 as it was reopening. Each of us had a job to do- mine was to help get the bakery started... setting up with supplies and equipment, working on recipes and ideas of potential items to make and sell in the future, kitchen care and cleanliness. Among other things, teaching some of the women to bake bread (yeasted, such as baguettes as well as quick breads, like banana bread), cookies, bars, and coconut macaroons (congolais). We used local ingredients when possible, such as citrons, bananas, and coconut (congolais made from fresh grated coconut are amazing). Everyone we met there at the mission was so kind and welcoming, and I know I’m speaking for both of us when I say it was an extremely rewarding and phenomenal experience with wonderful memories. I hope to go back some day... "
Miss Natalie came on October of 2013 for a whole month. She taught the ladies at the newly built Mission Bakery, how to make bread and all kinds of pastries. She caused such an impression upon the girls that they named that bakery after her: “Miss Natalie’s Bakery”. She also helped organizing our first Church Picnic.