“Did we get anything in the mailbox today Larry,” I asked day after day. We checked daily to see if our visas had come for Papua New Guinea. We worked while we waited at the mission station in Florida where many northern people lived and worked for the winter.
One man, Erwin liked to work with ham radios. One Sunday morning, the preacher announced, “Erwin is sick, and we need to pray for him.”
Afternoon rolled on and I kept thinking Johnny Cake and molasses – that is too simple. I deliberated; do I take it or not? After mental debate and prayer, the decision was final…Johnny Cake coming up and put molasses with it. We, the cake, molasses and I went over to Erwin’s mobile home. I knocked on the door, and waited. Mrs. Erwin opened the door.
“I came to give Mr. Erwin some Johnny Cake and molasses.”
She said, “Come on in, he’s over there.”
We chatted for a few minutes and then prayed. “Mr. Erwin, all I could think of was you, Johnny Cake, and molasses, so here they are.”
“Thank you,” he said.
That same night, Mr. Erwin came to church. He told how sick he had been and how a missionary brought him Johnny Cake and molasses and then had prayer. He said, “It was just what I wanted. I feel so much better, and here I am.”
Johnny Cake Recipe
1 tablespoon shortening
½ cup sugar
½ cup corn meal
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup sweet or sour milk
Mix only until all ingredients are moistened.
Spray or lightly grease an iron skillet, muffin, tin, or regular small cake pan. Pour or spoon batter into select choice.
Bake at 350 F about 30 minutes, until lightly brown.
I usually double this recipe.
Taken from the Point Pleasant Writers Guild “Recipes and Remembrances” book. Gray is a member of the PPWG.