By Pat Carlson
Bread of Life
Iglesia Luterana Pan de Vida was started in 1995 by the Latino Mission Society as an outreach to Hispanics in Detroit under the direction of Deaconess Teresita Rodriguez. Their first location used to be a bakery, thus the origin of their name, Bread of Life, or Pan De Vida.
If you’ve ever made bread you know that it requires yeast or leaven in order for the bread to raise. But have you ever thought about the Kingdom of God while making bread? There it is in Matthew 13, “The Kingdom of God is like leaven…”
What was Jesus’ point? Just as it only takes a very small amount of leaven in our bread or pizza dough recipe to cause the whole dough to raise, God uses small things to cause His Kingdom to grow.
God uses small things to cause His Kingdom to grow.
He started with just twelve disciples. He counted on one woman at the well to be the first to tell the Samaritans that He is the living water, the Christ they’ve heard was coming.
Through the seed of Abraham God grew a nation. But most importantly through God’s one and only Son He saved the world. We want this message to be like leaven that grows and is shared with everyone around us.
VBS Mission Trip April 21-25
Perhaps you’ve heard that we putting together a team to Pan De Vida Lutheran Church in Mexican Town, Detroit, to provide VBS for the children in their community. VBS is scheduled during their spring break April 21-25. This is a wonderful opportunity God has put before us to share Jesus in a community with a foreign feel right in our own backyard. Since most of their church body works during the day they need our hands and feet to carry out this mission. But most of all it is a chance to glorify God through His marvelous working in us.
My favorite response from individuals who are considering going on a mission trip or who are responding to a specific role on a team is, “I’ve never done that before.” Then I respond with, “Perfect! That way there is no doubt that it is God who is doing it!” There is no greater ‘high’ than experiencing His equipping.
My second favorite response from individuals when we debrief after completing our mission is, “I never thought that I could do that!” That is when we praise God from whom all blessings flow.
“I’ve never done that before.” … “I never thought I could do that!”
You see, God is not going to abandon us or send us out uncared for or unprepared when we are trying to be obedient to His will. But there is no doubt it is an ‘ah hah’ moment to come to that realization.
Team registration deadline is January 21, but even if you can’t go on this trip, you can still be involved. With prayer and financial support the St. Luke community can help provide the bread of life that changes lives forever.
The cost for this mission trip is $300 per person. To support the team financially, please consider a $50, $100, or $300 gift. You can give online here. Simply designate your gift “MOST:MEXICAN TOWN VBS(DETROIT).”
You can also support this trip with your prayers. Or consider joining the team. Here are some of the specifics: