We are ending the year 2017 with a reflection on some of our ministries and how they have grown and change this year. Each day, we will share highlights from one aspect of ministry. We encourage anyone who served with DR Missions to join in and share your own memories using the hashtag #DRMissions2017. Today, we are sharing about Bread of Life!
The Bread of Life feeding program provides a healthy, nutritious meal to community children every week day. We currently have over 100 children enrolled! We have experienced a powerful year full of growth and purpose. Here are some of our favorite highlights:
VBS- We hosted the second annual VBS in June. This three day event is staffed by our missionaries, staff, and interns. It’s a busy time full of snacks, crafts, games, Bible stories, and worship! We had a jungle safari theme and shared a different Bible story and main point each day. The children loved the event and many of them still talk about the main points months later.
School Supplies and Black Shoes- In July, we distributed school supplies and black shoes to all of our school aged children. These gifts allow many of our children to attend school who wouldn’t be able to otherwise. One story from distribution day:
Freimi is 12 years old, and he has never been to school before. This year, his family was able to get him enrolled in night school to make-up what he missed in elementary school. He still needed supplies and shoes, and this is where the Bread of Life program came in... We were able to provide the supplies that he needed, and he officially started school for the first time in August. He told us the first week “I don’t know how to read yet, but I will soon. I’m a fast learner and I’m going to work really hard.” We couldn’t be more proud of this young man! A big thank you to the Myers Team for their help organizing and distributing all the school supplies, backpacks, and black shoes.