Please Pass the Bread

147 Flips | 1 Magazine | 3 Followers | @PleasePasst2r09 | Please Pass the Bread brings the Gospel to the world's poorest slums through the development of sustainable feeding programs. A ministry of World Challenge.

Moldova is a landlocked country located in Eastern Europe between Romania and Ukraine, near the Black Sea. Moldova consistently ranks as the poorest country in Europe. Please Pass the Bread has partnered with a church located in the commune of Sarata-Galbena. A weekly Sunday school program gives children an opportunity to hear the Word of God, have fun, and receive a nutritious warm meal.

PRAISE REPORT Joyline, a very malnourished 5 year old girl, entered our feeding program at the Upendo Children's Program in Nairobi, Kenya last November weighing only 11 lbs. After being put on antiviral drugs and receiving three daily meals through the PPtB feeding program, she now weighs 31 lbs and have gained enough strength to start attending school. (Photo is from the school only, Joyline not pictured)

Victoria lives with her mother and younger sister in a village in Moldova. Her dad left the family when she was very young. Victoria's mom has always done everything she could to provide for her girls, working two physically demanding farm jobs, and taking on any extra side jobs people in the village would offer her. Because of the many years of backbreaking farm labor, Victoria's mother now suffer from debilitating spinal pain, an is unable to hold a regular job. The local church where this little family attends, have blessed them with a cow that produces milk that they use for their own consumption. They are also able to sell some dairy products they produce from the milk, but what little income they generate from this, is not enough to cover their basic expenses. Please Pass the Bread recently started a feeding program in Moldova, and Victoria and her sister attends the program, where they are taught about Jesus, and receive a healthy hot meal every weekday afternoon. Both Victoria, her sister and mother are deeply grateful for the food. Victoria's mom remarked that it has made everything much easier. Now she only has to worry about getting enough food together to "do something small for dinner." Thank you for your continued support and prayers — they ensure that Victoria, and thousands of other children in need are able to receive at least one daily healthy meal, and hear the most important message of all — the message of Jesus Christ.

A TESTIMONY My name is Himanshu and I am in 6th grade. I have three older brothers and one little sister. We belong to the Dhobhi (launderers) community. My parents came from Uttar Pradesh State looking for a livelihood. My siblings and I were all born and brought up here. My parents work from morning till late in the evening. I am thankful that Anurag [the Please Pass the Bread feeding program in India] is here and that we get hot food for lunch every day. The food is very tasty. My favorite thing to eat is paneer (a soft Indian cheese used to make savory dishes) and chicken. At home my mother makes paneer but only if there is a festival to celebrate. My oldest brother ran away from home and my second brother dropped out of school. The rest of us three go to Anurag School. I am so happy that I can study there and even get a meal there. My parents and my other brother collect laundry in the morning from people and during the day they wash, dry and iron them. After that they have to deliver the cleaned and ironed clothes every evening. Sometimes it is very late by the time they get back home. If we didn't get lunch at Anurag my brother, sister and I would have to drink a cup of tea and wait until my mother came back home to cook. All three of us attend Bible Club at Anurag. We heard about Jesus there for the first time. In the Bible Club my class teacher is Miss Promila. She tells us a lot of her own testimonies. That helps me to trust in Jesus and for everything I pray to him. My parents used to do the washing and ironing under the thatched roof (awning) of our rented house. During the rainy season it always leaks. My parents have always wished they could rent a proper room for their washing and ironing. So one day I decided to pray about it. My brother Chitwan and sister Yantika also joined with me and we began praying. A few months after we started praying, my parents were able to rent a room in the main market place in the village and since then they have more business. This is such great news for my family! I testified in the Bible Club. I am so happy that God answered our prayers.

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Psalm 32:11

Elizabeth is a widow suffering from AIDS and cancer. She came to one of our feeding programs in Mathare 4A in Nairobi, Kenya, in a very weak state. She could hardly walk. Her medications did not have the intended positive impact on her conditions because she couldn't afford to supplement it with enough food. Then, 6 months ago, Elizabeth, and her children Beth and Isaac, began receiving food through the Please Pass the Bread feeding program. The nutritious food had an immediate impact! Now Elizabeth is feeling much stronger. She is up and around, and has gained weight. Her children are also feeling stronger, and are looking more beautiful than ever. But that's not all. Because of the love she was shown, she gave her life to Jesus. Now she attends church, and her children are in Sunday school. Join us in thanking God for this transformation. Pray also that God completely heals Elizabeth, and opens doors for a job so she can provide for her family.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Isa 12:3-4 Photo: Boy at Finquita de Jesucristo feeding program

NEW ARTICLE: 4-year-old Monica and her older sister Esther come from the Waithaka area on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Their family is broken. Their father is serving a ten-year prison sentence and their mother — ostracized by her family — turned to drugs. Often, the mother left the girls locked up and alone — sometime for a month at a time. Esther would climb out the window, beg and scavenge for food, always sharing equally whatever little she got her hands on with Monica. When Esther was unable to find any food, Monica would — out of pure desperation — eat things never intended for consumption. Learn more about how Monica and Esther have overcome immense challenges, and through God's love, caring people, and healthy meals, are on a path of healing: http://pleasepassthebread.org/2013/10/monica/

Nicholas, a 4-year-old boy who joined our feeding program at Future Leaders Education Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, arrived at the school with cerebral palsy. His mother pleaded with the director to take Nicholas in, as she didn’t know what to do with him. Unable to walk, Nicholas could only move by crawling on all four. He couldn’t talk either. Florence Njuguna, director of the school, explained that both staff and the other children quickly embraced Nicholas. Together, they prayed that God would heal Nicholas, and God heard their prayers! Today Nicholas is able to walk, he has also learned to talk some, and everyone at Future Leaders Education Centre are trusting God to restore his speech completely. Please LIKE or SHARE if you will pray for Nicholas today.

PRAYER FOCUS: The Democratic Republic of the Congo, is one of the poorest countries in the world. A long civil war responsible for more than 5.4 million deaths has left thousands of children orphaned. Many can be found wandering the streets of the capital Kinshasa, where they try to survive one day at a time. Often these children survive by begging, prostitution, petty crime, or as child laborers. #PleasePassTheBread is providing food for more than 500 of Kinshasa's needy children 5 days per week. Pray that the Gospel will have a life changing, eternal impact on their lives. LIKE and SHARE if you’ll pray for the Democratic Republic of the Congo this week.

Mark is a 9 year-old boy who attends the #PleasePassTheBread feeding program at New Hope Education Centre in Soweto, Kenya. His mother died when he was 5, and his father passed away 2 years later. Today, Mark lives with his grandparents. His grandfather is very sick, and hospitalized. His grandmother sells vegetables by the side of the road, but spends a lot of her time at the hospital caring for his sick grandfather. Mark also has siblings but they live far away with his great grandmother. Mark spends much of his time at school. After school he helps sell vegetables at his grandmothers’ vegetable stand, he also does the household laundry and dishes. Mark loves to attend school at New Hope. In fact, those are his happiest moments. He says the teacher is good to him, and never shouts at him, and he really appreciates the food. It’s also fun when they get to play soccer. Mark loves the verse John 11:35 where its says “Jesus wept.” He likes it because it helps him to know that it isn’t bad to cry. When Mark grows up he wants to be an engineer. LIKE or SHARE if you will pray for Mark today.

PRAYER FOCUS: In the past 12 months Please Pass the Bread has delivered more than 400,000 meals to needy children in the Philippines. Pray that the message of the Gospel will penetrate the hearts of each child, and that each meal will remind the children of God's faithfulness and love. LIKE and SHARE if you’ll pray for the Philippines this week.

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matt 25:37-40 #verseoftheday Photo: Boy eating lunch at Centre Alexis feeding program

We're grateful to report that Typhoon Haiyan that recently hit the Philippines affected no Please Pass the Bread feeding sites. But some regions of the Philippines have been devastated and thousands of deaths have been reported. Please Pass the Bread will be assisting the relief effort by sending teams to the affected areas with food and medicine. If you'd like to help us bring relief, please visit http://worldchallenge.org/donate and select "Typhoon Haiyan Relief" as your gift designation. 100% of proceeds will go directly to families affected by the storm.

Bangladesh is home to 5 #PleasePassTheBread after-school feeding programs. 200 needy children receive a meal 5 days per week and are taught from the Word of God. Some children at our feeding programs come from other religious backgrounds, and face intense persecution at home when they become Christians. Pray that God will give these children courage to stand firm in their faith. LIKE and SHARE if you’ll pray for Bangladesh this week.

#PleasePassTheBread feeds 850 children in El Salvador. Some are orphans, and others come from impoverished slum communities where parents struggle daily to put food in front of their children. At each feeding program the children are taught that God loves them, and then they get to experience His love in the form of a healthy meal. Pray that the message of God's love will fill their hearts, just as the food fills their stomachs. LIKE and SHARE if you’ll pray for El Salvador this week.

Armenia lies in the mountainous South Caucasus region of Eurasia, at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union many younger Armenians left the country in search of work elsewhere, sometimes loosing contact with their parents in the process. Today, many elderly find themselves in a hopeless situation with no family left to care for them. Worldwide, most of our feeding programs focus on children, but in Armenia they are mostly directed towards impoverished elderly and widows. #PleasePassTheBread operate 6 feeding programs in one of the poorest regions in Armenia. Pray that we’re able to communicate effectively that Jesus is the friend that sticks closer than a brother. Some may have lost all contact with family, but Jesus hears their every whisper and longs to offer them a friendship that will never be cause for disappointment. LIKE and SHARE if you’ll pray for Armenia this week.

A TESTIMONY: Hi, my name is Anderson and I’m twelve years old. I hardly ever used to be able to find food. I would always hang out with people who were a bad influence on me just so I could find something to eat every day. When summer ended I was sent to Centre Alexis [A Please Pass the Bread feeding program in Haiti]. They gave me food each day so I never needed to go back to hang out with the people who were such bad influences on me. Thank you for providing food for me every day. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Lyova, an 82 year-old man, was recently found abandoned, and very sick in Armenia. The staff at House of Hope took him in. Here he is cared for, he gets to sleep in a warm bed, and receives daily meals through the Please Pass the Bread feeding program. Most importantly, Lyova gets to hear the message of the Gospel daily. Pray for physical and emotional healing, and above all pray that the gospel message penetrates his heart and makes him a new creation.

Happy Thanksgiving from #PleasePassTheBread. Like thousands more, this boy has reason to celebrate because of your generosity and prayers. He no longer has to wonder if he will eat. He now knows a Savior who will care for him both today, and for all eternity.

NEW ARTICLE: "A Song of Thanksgiving — How God’s provision put a new song in the hearts of a community" One night Pastor Oliver walked past the school compound of the Agape Hope Children Centre, a school he and his wife Margaret had started in Waithaka, a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. He noticed a little boy sleeping in one of the classrooms. The boy had nowhere to go. As he inquired, Pastor Oliver learned that the mother’s boyfriend had thrown the boy out of the house and told him not to come back. Pastor Oliver quickly went home and brought back a mattress for the boy to sleep on. Continue Reading: http://buff.ly/192OqpZ

Bangladesh is a low-lying country that is surrounded by India on three sides and Myanmar in the far southeast. The intersecting Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers bring annual flooding, that causes both destruction and renewed fertility to the surrounding farmland. With more than 2,600 people per square mile the country is one of the most crowded on earth. But poverty is widespread, and almost half of all Bangladeshis live on less than $1 a day. Just 0.7% of Bangladeshis are Christians, and reaching this country with the Gospel of Jesus Christ has not been without challenges. Please Pass the Bread provides food to the children at 5 Christian afterschool programs. Pray that the children who hear and receive the message of the Gospel will be able to stand firm in their faith, amid persecution. Pray for wisdom and zeal for the directors and leaders who put much on the line to preach the gospel among these children. LIKE and SHARE if you’ll pray for Bangladesh this week.

A TESTIMONY: My name is Elienne Zylas and I am twelve years old. I live in the slums of Souwarf Jeremy, Haiti with my aunt. My dad lives in the slum of Cite Soleil and my mother lives in the slums of Belair with my 2 sisters and my brother. We are a very poor and divided family. I sleep on the floor without a blanket to cover myself. To find food to eat every day was a very big challenge for my aunt because she has 5 other children to take care of too. I used to go eat leftover food from a nearby restaurant because I didn’t have enough food to eat. Since I started attending school at Joie et Sourir I have received a hot meal from Please Pass the Bread daily, so now I don’t need to worry about food anymore. I want to say thanks on behalf of all the children in my school to those who sponsor the feeding program and I wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Haiti occupies the western region of Hispaniola, a two-nation island in the Caribbean, shared with the Dominican Republic. In 1804 Haiti became the first independent nation in the Caribbean. But the Haitian people have since experienced much hardship. Natural disasters, coups, and deep poverty have often led the headlines. Haiti is considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Most Haitians live on less than $2 per day, and two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs. Please Pass the Bread provides daily meals for 1,100 children at 10 Christian schools in the inner city slums of Port-au-Prince. For many of the children the meals they receive through the feeding programs are the only certain meals of the day. Pray that the Word of God takes root and bears much fruit in the children. Pray that the pastors, principals and teachers that instruct the children in the Lord will remain true to the Gospel. Pray also that the workers will receive abundant provisions for their families. LIKE and SHARE if you’ll pray for Haiti this week.

Children in Kenya have new shoes!!! Thank you to all the Please Pass the Bread donors for your generosity this season! 4,000 shoes will be distributed to Please Pass the Bread centers in Kenya for a special Christmas gift. (Pictured: Embu school children trying on their new shoes)

PRAISE REPORT: We recently received a very encouraging report from one of our feeding programs in the Philippines. 10 mothers whose children attend the #PleasePassTheBread feeding program in the San Juan neighborhood of Manila made a decision to follow Christ. Last month, each of them made a public declaration of their faith when they got baptized.

With an estimated population of 1.27 billion, #India is the second most populated country in the world. It’s a country of extraordinary religious, cultural, geographical, and economical contrasts. India is home to 2,533 distinct peoples of whom 88% are considered unreached by the Gospel. Less than 6% of the overall population of India is Christian. Please Pass the Bread provides food for 640 children at a Christian school that serves needy families in New Delhi. Here, children like Himanshu (not pictured), a 6th grade boy whose parents make a living doing laundry, have been able to hear about Jesus for the first time in their life. Pray that every child who has surrendered their life to Christ will become a powerful testimony to their families, friends and community. Pray that the hearts of the parents and siblings will be softened towards the message of the Gospel. Pray also for wisdom, health and protection for each of the workers overseeing this ministry. LIKE and SHARE if you’ll pray for India this week.

Indonesia is the world’s 4th most populous country and the home to a burgeoning population of 232 million, stretched across 6,000 inhabited islands. It’s capital Jakarta alone is home to more than 9 million residents. The country has experienced a fair amount of growth in the past 50 years, both economically and spiritually. Evangelical denominations have grown from 1.3 million to 13 million, and yet that only represents 5.6% of the overall population. Despite economic growth close to half of the population live on less than $2 per day. Please Pass the Bread provides food for the children at a Christian school in Jakarta. The children attending this school come from a garbage collecting community and are deeply impoverished. Pray that each child will receive the Good News of Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit already now prepares the hearts of children that will be attending the school next year. Pray for receptive hearts among parents and siblings that hear the Gospel message through the children attending the school. Finally, pray for God’s blessing on the director and teachers overseeing the school.

Kenya is situated on the east coast of Africa. The country’s population is around 40 million, but estimates suggest this will burgeon to 63 million over the next 20 years. The capital of Nairobi is home to Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa and just one of some 200 slums in Nairobi. It’s believed that 2.5 million people, or 60% of the city’s population live in these slums that occupy just 6% of the land. Drought, floods, and famines in agricultural regions have added to the hardship of the slum dwellers as food prices have increased rapidly. Please Pass the Bread is heavily involved in Kenya with 36 feeding programs providing meals for more than 4,000 children. At most locations children are fed 2 meals each school day, but there are also programs that offer meals on weekends, and orphanages that provide three daily meals. We also operate a farm in Kenya. The farm helps provide some of the vegetables for the feeding programs, and is an important component in our quest to see the feeding programs become sustainable. Pray that each child who receives food through the feeding programs will respond to the message of God’s love. Pray that the many orphans fed through the programs will find solace in our Heavenly Father. Pray for provision for each of the program directors and overseeing pastors. In many cases they make enormous sacrifices to be able to serve the children. LIKE and SHARE if you’ll pray for Kenya this week.

Pastor Edward from the #PleasePasstheBread feeding center in Soweto, Kenya would like to introduce their healthy graduating pre-unit class of 2013.