This beautiful soul with my husband is one of my favorite people in the entire world. And I know a lot of people all over the world.
This man, let’s call him the English name Jared, hugging Richard is one of the FIRST men that ever walked into our soup kitchen in Poznan, well over a decade ago. LONG before I even had my first child (and she is a decade plus 2).
In fact, after we returned with Adelyne to Poznan/Poland, at around 5 weeks old, bringing her to our soup kitchen around 6-10 weeks old, HE was actually one of the first to hold our baby. At our soup kitchen. In Poland. It was the Holy Start soup kitchen (HS closed a couple years ago).
This beautiful soul that ALWAYS brightened my every day that I saw him…He is now the AMAZING volunteer at an unbelievable SOUP BUS located in Poznan, Poland, with the charity christianer.org … (find them on Facebook—it will BRIGHTEN your life)
Isn’t it AWESOME how you can watch one man go from served to SERVING!
Life — in full circle — makes my heart burst with joy. Tears. Happiness. And just an overwhelming sense of #itiswell .
It truly is.
It is well, with my soul.
Jared reminds me of that!
May Jared be your reminder to always invest in the beauty and hearts of others. Your full circle will come. And it IS worth it!
“Everyone has this need to serve others. And, to me, Bread of Life gives me opportunity to accomplish this desire.”
Monika Bacik, project coordinator, Betlejem z Bread of Life
When I write for And 2 Makes Crazy, I write, for the large majority of the time, about my personal family life or issues that deal with my family personally.
I usually leave the church my husband has been pastoring for the last 17 years out of the blog posts (Poznan International Church).
I hardly speak of our work to help Rescue the Forgotten around the world…
But I want to share with you this.
Well, part of what makes the 2 of us actually crazy is the fact that as newlyweds, at 25 years of age, we started a foundation in a foreign country that began to rescue the forgotten individuals left and alone on the streets and in the train stations of Poland after decades of communism and extreme unemployment, suffering from horrible drinking problems that also left them in states of complete hopelessness.
This foundation was started with the mere fact that we could feed them bread for a day, but we wanted to give them love for a lifetime. And we believe with our entire core that love comes from Jesus.
But we were not fools. In a post-communist country where weather falls below freezing for months upon end, we knew that love was good for the heart and soul—and food for the body. So we incorporated both. On top of loving them with all of our hearts because Jesus loves us, we also fed and clothed and opened a home for individuals on the street—hoping to meet their very physical needs so that they would be safe and warm and fed and realize that their precious lives were worth fighting for.
Years later, our foundation serves consistently in 3 countries (Poland, Moldova, and Ivory Coast) and has been built up to more than just serving the homeless and forgotten.
Today we also focus on education and medical. We focus on counseling and families—for the children and mothers or fathers lives.
We focus on people.
How can we best help people?
By doing all we can in their times of greatest needs!
This video shows a program in the city of Poznan that does just that. We fight alongside of 3 precious warrior heroes: Ania, Artur, and Klaudyna. We fight alongside of their families, and we let them know that their battles are Everest, but we are there to walk beside them to provide the oxygen they need to conquer their mountains!
And that is what we do. 365 days a year. For the past 17 years.
We walk. We climb. We keep going.
Humanity without Barriers…to help the smallest to the oldest. The most frail to the most lost. To know that they are not forgotten.
Their lives are worth fighting for … And we will walk next to them in their battles!
Enjoy the Poznan Betlejem z Bread of Life video of one amazing day where we fought for 3 children by collectively coming together as a city to raise funding for 3 precious warrior heroes!