A Waste of Time?

A Waste of Time?

Probably one of the best known verses in the bible, that affirms the worth of man, is John 3:16. It tells us that; “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The fact that God would send his son to die for mankind sends a message that the human family has great worth in God’s sight. Over my lifetime, I’ve seen an eroding of moral values and a belief that there are no consequences for the bad choices we make, when our life here is over.


There’s a story that comes to mind when people tell me that helping the homeless is an exercise in futility. In her book, The Star Thrower, Loren Eisele tells of an older man who used to go to the ocean and walk along the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm and found the beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see. In the distance, the man saw a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he occasionally bent down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what you are doing?”


The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves.” When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”


The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.” The boy bent down, picked another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”


We all can create positive change, but sometimes you will find yourself thinking, “how much of a difference can I really make?” I think this is especially true when it comes to the homeless issue here in North County. So, if you find yourself thinking that way, it helps to remember the starfish story.  You might not be able to solve the whole homeless problem, but at least you can change a small part of it, for someone.


Join with us at Bread of Life and invest in helping those who come to us for help. Like one starfish at a time, lets help one person at a time.


Pastor Alan

News At The Bread

Liz Soler, Director Life Skills & Leadership Development



It is such a privilege to serve here at the Bread of Life alongside God’s faithful servants! I wanted to share some new exciting new developments underway as we gear up for the winter shelter season. The Advocacy team just completed training on a web-based software system called Mission Tracker. This application will empower them to effectively manage those neighbors God brings to us to serve.  It is fully customized, very easy to navigate, and includes some wonderful tools that allows for tracking of things like client enrollment, services provided and progress outcomes. For the first time we have the opportunity to provide client ID badges that can also be used for the dining room guests. Lastly, reports in the system allow for easy retrieval of useful data that can be shared to meet a variety of ministry needs.


Pre-enrollment intake processes have also been established to guide our servants as we enter this new season for loving and serving our residents. The team is equipped to test out the new model for the shelter at the BOL. I will be sure to provide an update periodically!


As we move forward, your support in the way of prayers is greatly appreciated! Please pray for God’s continued discernment and guidance as we prepare to show the love of Christ to the community!


God bless,

Liz Soler, Director

Life Skills and Leadership Development