Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bread of Life

Bread of Life!
  About fifteen years ago we started a 'tradition' of having a Bread of Life Sunday every September.  There were a couple of reason to do it.  First, bread is a commodity here and around the world - a stability of life.  Back in the early days, there were many poor deaf people in our church and a loaf of bread would bring a smile to their faces!  Second, it was and still is a tremendous tool to show that Jesus Christ is The Bread of Life. (John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst)  Every first time visitor also receives a full copy of the Word of God.
Pastor Slava & Vitiya unloading the bread!

   A few years ago, the deaf department at Eastside Baptist Church in Memphis, TN felt the burden to donate the money each year to buy this bread. Each Sunday, the deaf in their church take a love offering for this purpose (praise the Lord)!  Since then, they have literally fed hundreds!
   Each year, the deaf from our church decorate the altar with an assortment of breads.  We order the bread the day before and early on Sunday morning, Pastor Slava goes to the bread factory and picks up hot, steamy bread.  The church smells wonderful - like a bakery!  Sometimes it’s hard to pay attention to preaching, thinking of all that delicious hot bread in the back!  This year we chose a favorite of most of the deaf, round bread. 

    At the end of the service, each person receives their loaf of bread and then the bread is covered up to stay fresh for the hearing church later that afternoon.  At the end of the day, all the left-over bread and the bread used to decorate the altar is taken to the orphanage to be distributed among the children! You should see their happy glowing faces! 

Some of the deaf with their bread!
Vera (with bow in her hair) and three girls from the orphanage
Nursing home residents with some bread off the altar.
Bro. Ivan (deaf)