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Bread of Life was founded by ITMI’s Richard and Brooke Nungesser to reach the homeless and forgotten in Poland with the love of Jesus. Bread of Life serves in many cities across Poland, as well as Moldova, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe and Pakistan. Bread of Life’s programs provide the opportunity for Christians be equipped to love and serve the […]

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THE CONTEXT

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There are many around the world who suffer from great poverty, and all of the heartbreaking side effects.

The destitute compete with dogs to eat garbage. Children go to bed with the misery of starvation gnawing at their ribs. The harsh winter weather forces the homeless to crowd into filthy, stinking train stations for protection from exposure. Employment is impossible to obtain. Families are estranged by addictions.

From somewhere deep within, we all groan: "It shouldn't be this way!"  And it shouldn't.

But we don't always know how to go about doing something about it. 

ITMI partner, Richard Nungesser, had the same reaction when he saw the plight of the homeless in a train station taking refuge from a bitter Poland winter in the city of Poznan. Through his years of faithfulness and service, now the rest of us have a way to do something about the suffering we see around us in Jesus' name.

Bread of Life, founded by Richard and Brooke Nungesser, intentionally shares the love of Jesus with the homeless, helpless and the hungry.

Bread of Life empowers, encourages, and equips people around the world to live for something bigger than themselves through acts of service that create opportunities to demonstrate and declare the Good News.

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

Help the Hurting Heal

Bread of Life's New Life Center (NLC) is a transitional home for homeless men. Participants in the program live full-time at the center while they complete a 3-phase program that equips them to reintegrate back into society with current job skills, guides them through reconciliation with their families and introduces them to the hope of eternal life in Christ Jesus.

Reach Sick Children

Bread of Life reaches seriously ill children and their families with the love of Jesus by providing them with hope and help for medical operations, therapy and medicines.

Give the Gift of Vision

Many around the world are ‘blind’ and unable to care for themselves, work, go to school and find independence. Our team of specialists travel Europe and Africa examine eyes and create prescription glasses, enabling many to see well for the first time in their lives.

Intervene Against Poverty Through Education

Bread of Life offers programs that look to disciple, provide for, and equip children from preschool to university with both education and a chance to hear the Good News. This gives them the power to break generational poverty and overcome physical and substance abuse.

Provide Food and Clothing for the Needy

Bread of Life delivers food for the hungry and in need at various distribution points in Jesus name and with His love. These outreaches are starting points for building relationships between those who participate and the local church.

Reach the Marginalized Where they Are

Bread of Life's Train Station Outreach was the launching point of the Nungesser's ministry to the homeless. Today, they continue to honor their roots and demonstrate the love of Jesus with a weekly program where individuals living on the streets or in the train stations receive information about Bread of Life’s assistance, the Word of God, and hot tea.

David's Club for Underprivileged Children

David’s Club is a dynamic martial arts club reaching at-risk youth in the city of Kalisz, Poland through the discipline of karate. The youth come and either pay a small fee or perform community service to cover the costs of the lessons. Through the club, they learn discipline and respect, earn karate belts, and compete competitively. They also hear and experience the Gospel.

Enable Summer Camp Outreaches for Kids

Bread of Life puts on various week-long camps for children, often from at-risk homes or impoverished neighborhoods, filled with exciting activities and Bible-learning fun.

Plant and Empower Local Churches

It’s the responsibility of the local church to make disciples of all people everywhere. Bread of Life is actively developing, strengthening, and equipping local and international churches. Through these efforts we are seeing new churches and para churches reaching their communities and our world for the cause of Christ.

COUNTRIES

Bread of Life Ivory Coast

Reach the forgotten, marginalized and needy in Jesus’ name in Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

Bread of Life Moldova Feature

Reach the forgotten, marginalized and needy in Jesus’ name in Moldova.

Bread of Life Zimbabwe

Reach the forgotten, marginalized and needy in Jesus’ name in Zimbabwe.

Bread of Life Ivory Coast

Reach the forgotten, marginalized and needy in Jesus’ name in Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

Bread of Life Moldova Feature

Reach the forgotten, marginalized and needy in Jesus’ name in Moldova.

Bread of Life Zimbabwe

Reach the forgotten, marginalized and needy in Jesus’ name in Zimbabwe.

TEAM MEMBERS

The ITMI Partners Who are Serving With Bread of Life

Richard and Brooke Nungesser

Richard and Brooke Nungesser

Reach the impoverished and forgotten around the world from Poland through the founding and operating of Bread of Life and provide a shepherd reaching internationals in Poznan, Poland for Christ and equipping them to serve. 

Tomek Jezyk

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Reach, serve and demonstrate Jesus’ love for the lost, forgotten and hurting in Kalisz, Poland through the ministry of this faithful and compassionate Polish national. 

ITMI PARTNERS MINISTERING WITH BREAD OF LIFE

Richard and Brooke Nungesser

Richard and Brooke Nungesser

Reach the impoverished and forgotten around the world from Poland through the founding and operating of Bread of Life and provide a shepherd reaching internationals in Poznan, Poland for Christ and equipping them to serve. 

Tomek Jezyk

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Reach, serve and demonstrate Jesus’ love for the lost, forgotten and hurting in Kalisz, Poland through the ministry of this faithful and compassionate Polish national. 

HISTORY

American Bread of Life founders, Richard and Brooke Nungesser have equipped nationals to operate Bread of Life, as well as providing opportunities for many nationals to serve by volunteering in and advocating for Bread of Life programs.

Richard Nungesser shares the story of Bread of Life's humble beginning...

It's just past 10:00pm, after all the commuters have returned home. I sat alone with 80 homeless strangers in the Central Train Station of Poznan, Poland. A frigid, smelly, dank train station full of forgotten faces and empty eyes.

I see them slouched over in chairs, laying on the windowsills or congregated in the hallways. Their smells permeate the air with a stench so rancid it churns my stomach.

To this day I can vividly remember and identify the pungent aroma - urine, alcohol, and body odor. I am simultaneously frightened and exhilarated. A rustling sound is heard by the nearest trash can.

A man’s blistered, red and dirty hands are digging through the bin in search of something. I watch intently focused on what he would produce and knowingly eat. He pulls out a McDonald’s cup with a swallow of tepid liquid left. He proceeds to remove the lid and greedily gulp the remainder.

Nauseated by the extremes - and the decisions, choices and actions of the people here, I produce a thermos with enough tea for 3. I scrounge in my own pockets and pull out 2 granola bars and a small bag of trail mix.

Before I proceed, I sit in the waiting room and pray, “Lord, please make this like the multiplying of the loaves and the fish.”

I pray confidently, knowing that with God all things are possible.

The Lord gave me enough strength to approach them that night and I was able to minister to three individuals. Nine months later, with the help of my wife and our Polish friends, God has multiplied the tea and snacks.

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Co-founder, Richard Nungesser with a homeless friend in Moldova. 

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Tomek Helps a Family Through Poland

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