The Need

Richard Nungesser, Brooke Nungesser, Nungesser Family

The Nungessers strive to share the truth that there is a God that loves each and every person and desires a relationship with them—a life restored in Him!

Social Issues

  • There is a high rate of poverty and unemployment in Poland, and with it – or causing it – homelessness, addictions, social ostracism, estranged families, disillusionment and hopelessness.
  • Substance abuse is destroying families, leaving children in the care of the state or on the streets. Many turn to drugs, violence and alcohol, fueling the cycle of destroyed lives.
  • Sixty percent of the homeless population was orphaned or in the care of the State at some point.

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Bread of Life, dogs, trash

The homeless compete with dogs for food in the trash.

A Unique Opportunity to Reach the World

Many internationals are coming to Europe for schooling. Poznan University in Poznan, Poland attracts many internationals to the city. Most Internationals will be returning to influence their countries with whatever they have learned during their stay in Poland.

Unfortunately, seventy percent of people of faith who enter the university will abandon their faith before leaving it.

The opportunity to provide a chance for them to learn about Jesus and be equipped to serve and share the gospel where ever they are – Poland or their home country – is unique.

Description

Richard and Brooke Nungesser are entrepreneurs for God’s kingdom, mobilizing the Polish church to respond to the needs around them on two fronts: Bread of Life serving the poor and Poznan International Church serving internationals.

Their passion for loving people and declaring the gospel is growing into a network of people eager and willing to serve those around them in need with the love of Jesus.

Brooke and Richard Nungesser

Richard Nungesser, Bread of Life, Moldova

Richard Nungesser with a homeless friend in Moldova.

Bread of Life

After discovering the great needs of the homeless and destitute in Poland, the Nungessers founded Bread of Life.

The Bread of Life Foundation seeks to meet needs at two levels:

  1. Bread of Life programs meet physical, every day needs through provision.
  2. Spiritual needs are met through prayer breakfasts, relationships and introductions to who Jesus is and what He’s done for them.

Bread of Life, Poland,

Bread of Life, Poland,

Bread of Life demonstrates Christ to those suffering from poverty, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, prostitution, the orphaned and the widowed through a wide variety of social services, soup kitchens, education and Biblical training.

From its humble beginnings – Richard serving tea and bread to the homeless in the train station – Bread of Life has grown to a multinational organization that serves the poorest of the poor while equipping national leaders and volunteers in three countries: Poland, Moldova and the Ivory Coast.

All together, Bread of Life is bringing hope and the love of Christ to an estimated 28,000 people annually.

 

Poland

Bread of Life has a presence in 5 cities across Poland. It is the only Christian organization reaching out to the homeless in these cities.

Bread of Life is also the parent of the New Life Center, a transition home where homeless men can receive intense counseling, rehabilitation and life skills under the care of quality professionals during an extended committed stay.

The New Life Center, Transformational Home for Men

The New Life Center transitional home for men.

NLC Residents and Workers

The New Life Center creates opportunities for many to serve the poor among them!

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The Nungessers facilitate short-term teams that get the opportunity to serve, too!

Equipping Nationals to Serve the Poor

 

Bread of Life, Moldova, Tomek, John, Oxen

Moldovans and Poles equipped to serve the poor in their countries by Bread of Life. John and his wife, Oxen and their two children. John is the Bread of Life Moldova Director. Tomek Jezyk (middle) is the Bread of Life Kalisz Director.

Polish nationals run the day-to-day operations of Bread of Life in multiple cities, but the Nungessers are still heavily involved, providing guidance and raising awareness. 

Follow this link for more information about the Bread of Life Foundation.

Poznan International Church

The Nungessers also pastor Poznan International Church (PIC), an English speaking church for foreign students from all over the world who attend Poznan University. On any given Sunday you’ll find people from every continent. Many come to Poznan without friends or family and are actively looking for a way to connect with others.

Poznan International Church, Poland, Women, Brooke Nungesser

Many internationals come from influential positions in their communities, and will return as respected graduates, taking the message of the Gospel with them and equipped to serve, lead, disciple and equip others to do the same.

To accomplish this, the Nungessers disciple and train and disciple students to Come and Experience God, Grow in Discipleship, Serve with your time, talents and resources, and Go Make Disciples.

Richard and Brooke Nungesser

With internationals being such a diverse and mobile people group, Richard and Brooke have seen more then 135 people come, grow, serve, and go back to over 23 countries as world-focused disciples.

City International

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Now, the Nungessers are lifting their eyes to several other cities in Poland, where there are many internationals with no ministry reaching them.

City International is an initiative to equip the next generation, with a special focus on international and national students, families, and professional workers, to fulfill their part in the Great Commission. The idea is for the success of PIC to be duplicated in other major cities in Poznan where there is an international presence.

Baptism, Poland, Richard Nungesser, Piotr Zaremba

Richard and Piotr Zaremba baptize new believers in Poland!

Goals

  • Share Jesus with Polish students, homeless and anyone else whose paths they cross.
  • Equip nationals to grow Bread of Life to reach more of the poorest of the poor.
  • Equip internationals to return to their home countries as Christian leaders.
  • Plant International Churches in 10 new cities.

Needs

  • Prayer support for Richard and Brooke as they live lives that demonstrate and declare the gospel.
  • Funding for a medical fund for the Nungesser family, allowing them to obtain medical care as needed for their children.
  • Prayer support for Bread of Life and Poznan International Church.
  • Support and funds for more Polish believing workers for Bread of Life’s expansion.
  • Funding and manpower for planting International Churches in 10 new cities.

Who’s Involved

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Christmas at the Square, Bread of Life, Kalisz, Poland

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