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Who we are?

Hello,

Have you ever passed by a poor woman in a shop who had the cheapest bread and the discount butter in her basket? Have you ever seen a poor mother holding a crying child? How many times have you seen a scantily dressed girl standing by the roadside? And how many times on your way home have you met a homeless man, dressed in dirty clothes and begging for a few pennies...?

Your compassion doesn’t matter unless it is expressed in a practical way.

This is why we’ve been creating ‘Centers of God’s Love’, where we give a helping hand to the needy and lost people. By giving them bread, comforting and supporting them we show that God loves them. The measurable result of our work is a canteen visited by few hundred of hungry people every day. Many of them have been delivered from alcoholism and abject poverty. Now, as the volunteers, they help others. 

If you would like to help or you need support for yourself – contact us.

Feel invited to join us!

Vision

2003 November 13th

Our goal

Revealing the love of Christ by living today in the Kingdom of God, which power and grace is able to cause the transformation of other people.

Our vision

Centers of God’s Love along with Assemblies manifesting the love of Christ in practice. Realization Canteens, day-rooms, orphanages, dosshouses for the poor, shelters, homes for mothers with children, daytime centers, hostels, emergency centers, detoxification centers for alcoholics, centers of assistance, hospices, old age homes, farms in a countryside, bread houses, banks of food, consulting points, hospitals, Christian kindergartens and schools, prisons with a Christian program of social rehabilitation, occupational activation centers, Christian psychological and crisis counseling services, consulting-therapeutic points, worship center, motivation trainings, coaching, social integration centers, etc. …

Our aims:

Faithful in little things
Care in detail Sanctified life
Patience in hardships
Sincere kindness Enthusiasm for learning
Simplicity of the heart

Our motto:

God is not a God of your right but a God of relationship.

LiP – a new quality of helping the poor

What is LiP? It’s simply Love in Practice. This is a revolutionary method of helping the poor, homeless or those involved in addictions. 

What is so unique about this idea? The traditional method assumes that only those who are willing to do something with their lives deserve help. It is expected that somebody who comes will meet certain conditions and show a particular behavior as well. 

We want everyone who comes to our Mission to receive love without any precondition, and this love has to be expressed in a factual action. Firstly, we want to satisfy basic needs and create an authentic atmosphere of acceptance. In this way we want to reach the deepest man’s motivations, so that his transformation would not be only superficial, based on the “give and take” rule. The permanently changed motivations transform one’s beliefs’ system and the way of thinking, and thus a new better life.

Canteen

Apart from hunger, they suffer terribly from the abandonment. They have no relatives who would encourage them. They often try to drown into a cheap alcohol their pain of existence, sadness and rejection. The record-holder had not eaten for 10 days. He had no hope as well. He got to the canteen where nobody inquired about his address or sobriety. He just received bread, that’s why he survived.

Every day, in the canteen of the Betezda Mission we give out meals for the inhabitants of our city. We do not classify our guests according to their address, income, age or religion. A hot drink and a slice of bread with meat, lard or cheese awaits them every morning. While consuming the food, they hear the Good News of the life changing love of Jesus Christ.

Distribution of food is a symbol of expression of our affection for people. We want to show our guests that they are important, loved and accepted. In this way we can break their sense of guilt, lack of faith and frustration. Undoubtedly, in many cases, we save their lives.

Support Meetings

Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. the volunteers of Mission hold Support Meetings for the needy, homeless and poor people. During these meetings participants hear the words based on passages from the Scripture, encouraging them to change their lives. In this way, we want to show them a good way out of their current situation as well as to hearten them up in difficult moments of their lives.

If you need help or want to offer help – you are welcome.

Teen Challenge

Teen Challenge is about serving people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. The purpose of the consulting point is to encourage them to receive treatment in the International Christian 

Center for the Addicted Teen Challenge located in Łękinia and Broczyna. In the course of our activity we have sent approximately 35 people there. The consulting point is open for every individual struggling with the problem of addiction, regardless of sex or age. 

 

Teen Challenge division in Bydgoszcz supports our ministry by gathering food supplies, which we use afterwards to prepare meals in the canteen.

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