What is it that you love to do? Sowmya Thottambeti asks as she shares her passion for children and helping others!
PIC, also known as Poznan International Church, is currently going through a sermon series at church right now called L.I.F.E. Living Intentionally for Eternity. Each week we have been sharing a volunteer spotlight on someone from PIC that has been living his/her LIFE in a way that blesses and encourages others.
Our first week was Chidinma from Nigeria.
She serves beautifully well on the worship team—and we are so grateful for her!
Next was Sabrina from the United States.
She took to heart the beautiful challenge to serve where God has planted and is now one of the cooks at the local soup kitchen, Holy Start—even though she hardly speaks any Polish and works as a full-time English teacher!
This week is Sowmya from India.
She is currently leading a #100packagesforthechildren bake sale where the children at PIC are doing the baking and selling and raising money for 100 children in Ivory Coast to receive Christmas packages this Christmas season!
Why Ivory Coast? You may wonder…
Great question with an even better answer!
Years ago, a young student came from Ivory Coast to Poland and showed up at PIC only speaking French. He showed up with two friends (both beautiful females) and a French dictionary. After church, Pastor Richard asked him his thoughts on service. He told him he understood nothing—but he would be back next week with his dictionary (once again). His name is Charles.
By the time Charles was finished with his university studies in Poland, not only did his English improve, but he had become increasingly involved with the homeless foundation that Pastor Rich and his wife Brooke started, Bread of Life Ministries International. So much so that Charles said, “I know now why God brought me to Poland—to bring Bread of Life back to my people!”
And ever since, Bread of Life has become an officially registered non-profit in Ivory Coast.
It has served refugee camps, churches, started multiple small businesses and farms, and works on eliminating generational poverty by providing a higher education (for adults) or a school to keep kids off of the streets and safe—and so much more!
But the best part is that everything done is done with the love and light and joy of Jesus!
Can you imagine? All of this coming out of a small international church in Poznan, Poland—in Europe?!
Poland to Ivory Coast. God is definitely not confined to a country, my friends!
And Sowmya—a beautiful Engineering student from India (via the Bahamas) further shows how great God is!
She is leading the children as they bake for the children a world away!
Her goal: 100 Christmas packages through the kids selling baked goods that they made after church! Wow!
So far, after only 1 bake sale of homemade donuts made by a miracle baby himself, Maxwell, and sold by his sister Adelyne, enough was raised in 1 day to buy 20 Christmas packages for the school that PIC and people around the world sponsor through Bread of Life. 80 more packages to go and a month to do it in! We believe and can’t wait to share the love of Jesus with these children by giving them Christmas gifts and reminding them of the greatest gift God gave us this season—Jesus!
If you are in Poznan and looking for a great place to learn about God, we invite you to PIC where you will learn to Come Grow Serve and Go! Living your life in the manner of the Great Commission.
We meet at the Sheraton Poznan on the 1st floor at 11am each Sunday, and there is always Sunday school for the kids at the same time as service, as well as fantastic coffee and conversation after church.
Oh—and especially right now—a great bake sale going on by the kids for the kids! So make sure to bring some change and buy a special homemade treat!
#frompolandtoivorycoast #thegiftofjesus #100packages #childrenhelpingchildren
Enjoy the photos from Charles, Pastor Rich, and some of the children that we have the honor of serving through Bread of Life in Ivory Coast:
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11