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I am Faith Tehillah Ndebele. I am Zimbabwean. I grew up there, and I came to Poland to study…

He looked like a regular visitor to the church, but he was actually there for a reason the church-goers that sat around him would never have guessed.

I have a passion for Moldova. The poor in Moldova struggle each day for food, clean water, medical care and housing.

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Meet Bread of Life’s Bigboy, Siphiwe and Faith Ndebele of Ndeble’s Grannies

I am Faith Tehillah Ndebele. I am Zimbabwean. I grew up there, and I came to Poland to study…

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Meet Some Moldovan Families Our Supporters Reached!

He looked like a regular visitor to the church, but he was actually there for a reason the church-goers that sat around him would never have guessed.

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Passion for Moldova

I have a passion for Moldova. The poor in Moldova struggle each day for food, clean water, medical care and housing.

Monika Bacik sank into one of the empty swings on the playground. Her young son, Niko, had bounded ahead joyfully when they arrived and was already visiting his favorite equipment. Monika brushed her blonde hair from her face. She needed to think. Just before she’d picked up her son from school, she’d gotten some troubling news.

Jim la Rose’s Recovery, Brooke Goes to Thailand, Piotr and Leszek Team Up for an Important Opportunity and the Latest on the Leach’s Rebuild Project. Read the latest here!

Hannah and Peter are optometrists in Poznan, Poland. But for the last 10 years, they’ve done more than serve their patients well through ordinary careers. Ten years ago, ITMI’s Richard and Brooke Nungesser helped Peter and Hannah go from “ordinary to extraordinary” through the ministry of the Bread of Life Foundation.

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Meet Bread of Life’s Monika Bacik

Monika Bacik sank into one of the empty swings on the playground. Her young son, Niko, had bounded ahead joyfully when they arrived and was already visiting his favorite equipment. Monika brushed her blonde hair from her face. She needed to think. Just before she’d picked up her son from school, she’d gotten some troubling news.

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Newsbites: Jim la Rose’s Recovery, Brooke Goes to Thailand and the Latest on the Leach’s Rebuild Project

Jim la Rose’s Recovery, Brooke Goes to Thailand, Piotr and Leszek Team Up for an Important Opportunity and the Latest on the Leach’s Rebuild Project. Read the latest here!

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Trouble at the Border and How God Intervened

Hannah and Peter are optometrists in Poznan, Poland. But for the last 10 years, they’ve done more than serve their patients well through ordinary careers. Ten years ago, ITMI’s Richard and Brooke Nungesser helped Peter and Hannah go from “ordinary to extraordinary” through the ministry of the Bread of Life Foundation.

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THE CONTEXT

 

ITMI's Richard and Brooke Nungesser arrived in Poland to teach English for what they thought would be a two-year short-term mission just days before September 11, 2001. When Richard saw the plight of Poznan's homeless, he began taking hot tea to the throngs of homeless and hurting who took refuge in the city's train stations.

Together, the Nungessers founded Bread of Life, an organization that shares Jesus with the homeless, hurting and overlooked and equips many to do the same.

In addition to their work as founders of Bread of Life, Richard is the pastor of Poznan International Church, an English-speaking church reaching the many internationals who move to Poznan to live, work and study.

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

Reach the Hurting

Your support of Richard and Brooke Nungesser provides Bread of Life with passionate and energetic leaders who enable many believers around the world to put feet to their faith by loving and reaching the suffering around them in Jesus' name and for His glory.

Provide a Shepherd

Your support provides a pastor for Poznan International Church where Internationals can be welcomed, reached with the Good News and equipped to take Christ to their home countries.

HISTORY

Richard and Brooke Nungesser have equipped and discipled nationals to serve by volunteering in and advocating for Bread of Life programs and Poznan International Church.

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. 

The daughter of ITMI’s Richard and Brooke Nungesser, Adelyne, shares her unique perspective on the Nungesser’s life and ministry in Poland in the first of two short videos. In these two videos, she reveals her roles in Bread of Life’s outreaches and what its like to be the daughter of Richard and Brooke Nungesser…and don’t miss the funny story she tells on her dad!

Enjoy the enthusiasm of Richard and Brooke Nungesser as they share an endless stream of stories of the amazing things God is doing through Bread of Life.  

“Oh, they’re here for my daddy,” he said as the police car entered the neighborhood. His dad had dropped him off at the children’s camp the night before, dead drunk.

Life and Ministry in Poland with Adelyne Nungesser (Video)

The daughter of ITMI’s Richard and Brooke Nungesser, Adelyne, shares her unique perspective on the Nungesser’s life and ministry in Poland in the first of two short videos. In these two videos, she reveals her roles in Bread of Life’s outreaches and what its like to be the daughter of Richard and Brooke Nungesser…and don’t miss the funny story she tells on her dad!

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Story After Story of the Waves Your Support is Making, featuring Richard and Brooke Nungesser (Podcast Episode)

Enjoy the enthusiasm of Richard and Brooke Nungesser as they share an endless stream of stories of the amazing things God is doing through Bread of Life.  

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A Week in “Gangland” with the Nungessers

“Oh, they’re here for my daddy,” he said as the police car entered the neighborhood. His dad had dropped him off at the children’s camp the night before, dead drunk.

The Nungessers say, “We are most thankful this year for the grace of God in our lives.” Wait until you see the challenging numbers God saw them through!

The pastor kept apologizing for his church. He apologized that the floor was only dirt. He apologized that only half the roof was constructed. He invited me to preach to the church leaders but was embarrassed that his church wasn’t completed. Standing before these pastors and missionaries I wanted to give them courage and hope. I wanted to remind them of the essence of their work. I encouraged them with this and I hope it encourages you!

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God’s Grace Through Some Sky-High Numbers – A Christmas Greeting from the Nungessers

The Nungessers say, “We are most thankful this year for the grace of God in our lives.” Wait until you see the challenging numbers God saw them through!

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Do You Know What God Wants You to Do?

The pastor kept apologizing for his church. He apologized that the floor was only dirt. He apologized that only half the roof was constructed. He invited me to preach to the church leaders but was embarrassed that his church wasn’t completed. Standing before these pastors and missionaries I wanted to give them courage and hope. I wanted to remind them of the essence of their work. I encouraged them with this and I hope it encourages you!