A loaf of bread a day
“Some poople are so hungry, that the only way God can speak to them is through a loaf of bread!”
Poverty and not having enough food to eat is a reality for many people in Moldova. Many people live on very little. In order to elevate hunger, the Church started a bread project called O paine pe zi that translates A load of bread per a day.
During the very few first years, bread was transported from Romania to Moldova. The bread that was donated was leftovers that came from hotels and restaurants. But as the need grew, something had to be done on a local level. That was the actual call to establish a bakery so that bread could be distributed in on a bigger scale that was more cost effective. It meant more bread to more peoeple.
PTPI refurbishes the bakery
Our trip to Glodeni in the summer of 2010 resulted in a fundraising project to help renovate the premises and replace the existing, worn our equipment. The renovation included new insulation on the interior walls, new surfaces, a part from the floor, new power lines and a new fuse box, new ventilation and a new front door. The equipment included a yeast oven and a bake oven. We also invested in new work benches. The bakery was re-opened in December 2010 and has since then produced bread on a continous basis. Today 2023 the bakery feeds about 200 people with bread.
PTPI has since then, on a monthly basis, financially supported the production of bread. The bakery operates on a 50% capacity, much due to logistical factors. The bread has to be delivered when it is freshly baked. Distribution is done through neighbors, people attending church services, but is also delivered to those who can’t come to the Church.
The bread is baked every other day to make sure nothing is vasted. On a monthly basis the bakery broduces abour 2 500 loafs of bread.
The bread that satify a double need
The significance of this bread is difficult to imagine. We know from stories we hear from people receiving the bread, stories we receive and the people we meet, that this bread not only meets a physical hunger, but also a spiritual hunger.
The distribution of bread has softened many hearts and made them receptable for the Gospel. As people have come to understand that they are not left alone with their worriesbut that there is someone who is willing to listen an that really cares about them and their most felt need. When visiting people’s homes, each and everyone is prayed for.
Through this bread they have meet the unconditional love of Jesus through the hands of Pastor Igor and his wife. An elderly woman shares her testimony in these words:
“When I hold this bread in my hands, I no longer feel any hunger.”
The bread of life
During the years we have come to understand the impact this bread has had on the people recieveing it. Many go hungry, sometimes for several days. Without this bread, those who are the most vulnerable would not live. We have seen this hunger with our own eyes. We know that this bread in the truest essence of the word, saved lives. It is, in its truest and purest sense, the Bread of Life.