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I started thinking if I moved everything would be okay, but it didn't matter where I moved; I was stuck in my old ways. I traveled for a while with a carnival; it was easy to self medicate. No one asked questions and there was a steady supply of dealers waiting to sell their drugs. Every town we went to they were waiting for us when we got there. I started thinking I was going to die in this mess.
I ended up in London, KY installing ceramic tile. Shortly after, I began a job at a local church. Each day the Pastor would eat his lunch with me; when he would get up to walk away he would always say "Jesus loves you." I did not know at the time but he was sowing seeds of the love of Jesus. After I finished the job, he invited me back for the grand opening. I said ok but had no intention of being there. I left town that night came back a month later. I happened to see a sign that said the dedication was that night. I took my son Kalab, he was about 2 years old, I ended up running out of the church with him because I felt conviction but was not ready. The next day Kalab's mom brought him to me and said she was done with him, that "he was my responsibility now". I was at a loss for words. I started thinking he would be better of in state custody. I took him to day care, let him out, he started to walk away but turned around and said "I love you daddy". That felt like sticking a knife in my heart. I started driving, and ended up at church. That day I turned my life over to God, that was December 13, 2000.
I moved to Lexington a couple years later where I started attending the Lighthouse program and got clean for the first time in years. When I completed the program, I stayed on staff for 4 years. I learned a lot of things while being there. I met Sharon Helton while I was there; we became great friends. We talked about starting a feeding ministry. Once I left Lighthouse she called me and suggested we start Bread of Life Ministry. The following day we made 30 bag lunches and gave them away in the park to the homeless. We kept feeding people all through the summer, then winter, into spring, then summer, and fall. It was always very hot or very cold. Then one day we were invited to serve at Broadway Christian Church for the winter; we thanked God for making a way for us to get in out of the cold. We operated out the basement of their church for about 3 weeks until we were invited to stay. That was 6 years ago. We are very grateful that Broadway Christian Church is allowing us to use their basement free of charge in order to feed the homeless and hungry in our city. Now, we are able to cook a hot meal for each person that comes through the door. We give them a big plate of food the first time while I share a little out of the Bible in order to remind them that God loves them more then they could imagine. We always give then a second plate if we have it. Sometimes we have 80 people, sometimes 250. We strive to be the the hands and feet of Jesus.
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Since May of 2009, Bread of Life Ministries has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the hungry and needy members of our Lexington family. Find out how you can contribute to the future of someone in need through donations of your time or money.
Bread of Life is a ministry devoted to spreading the message of the grace and love of God. It is a vision of Michael Miller and the late Sharon Helton to feed the hungry and hurting in a lost and broken world.
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Lexington's biggest un-hidden secret - the growing homeless community - is in desperate need of care. Food, clothing, love, and filling the gaping void in lives with Jesus Christ. Following God's calling in our lives, that is what we intend to provide to this incredible group of people.Posted by Bread of Life Ministries on Thursday, September 10, 2015
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I was raised in Maryland. When I was a child I lived on a farm. We always had plenty of food and a lot of people eating with us because we grew a big garden. I never knew we were poor because we fed so many people. I got into some trouble at 10 years old and spent my 11th birthday in reform school. It did not help, it taught me how to be a criminal, I came out a total mess. I was just starting high school and everyone wanted drugs but we lived in a rural area and there were not many to go around. I met a few dealers so I started selling drugs in school. At 13 years old I was making so much money that I thought I was a big shot. This went on for a while until I got hooked on heroin. Things kept getting worse and worse.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. - John 6:35