The Daily Bread Project
In March of 2015 IAMercy started The Daily Bread Project to care for the physical and spiritual needs of children who are still on the streets. 12 boys came on the first weekend of the feedings. IAMercy started on the side of the road by giving out eggs and juice and teaching the Gospel.
At first only boys came to the feedings. But, eventually one girl named Yvonne asked “Is this a boys only ministry?” Not only was Yvonne not a boy, she was also not a street child. But, she came from a very poor family in the Kawangware slum (where many of the boys were coming from at that time). We welcomed her and she started joining us.
Yvonne started inviting her friends. In early 2018 The Daily Bread Project had grown and saw about 30 people attending some of the feedings, including some girls. This number surged between the first quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. As of the first few months of 2019 IAMercy saw 100 and more people coming to some of its feedings, many of which were girls.
The feedings now take place in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi. A local vendor named Mama John oversees a Kenyan team that makes and serves the meals. She provides breakfast and lunch for just over $1 a head ($1.03 to be exact).
Between breakfast and lunch there is a Gospel presentation. During the first year of The Daily Bread Project the ministry worked through Matthew. Then it went through Luke. Now it is going bit by bit through Mark.
The spiritual portion of The Daily Bread Project is led by Kenyans. Pastor Noah is a local minister who has been working with IAMercy since 2015. He does the bulk of the teaching. Music, prayers, and other business is led by Nicholas (a local soccer coach). Vincent is a young man who is being groomed to help in the leadership of The Daily Bread Project (as well as broader aspects of IAMercy’s ministry in Nairobi).
Although in the past we have done feedings on multiple days of the week, currently the regular feedings take place only on Saturdays. We have seen much fruit from The Daily Bread Project thus far. As a result of the ministry many children have given their lives to Christ. Over 50 have proclaimed their faith publicly in baptism.