In 2009, Bro. Smart, the President of Living Bread Ministry, felt God speak to him to purchase 21.65 acres of land and we obeyed. God has helped us make the payments every month since. Our mission is to pay the loan balance in full, build a pavilion with a bathhouse, then a Mission House to fulfill the great commission found in Matthew 25: 34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Living Bread Ministry's story:
Greetings in the name of our LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST! Living Bread Ministry was established in 2002. We, Bro. Gary and Sis. Traci Smart, were on the radio singing and preaching God's Holy Word and started receiving donations toward the cost of being on the air. We didn't want to pocket the money, so we opened a Ministry checking account and named it Living Bread Ministry! Over the last nineteen years, we have ministered: through singing and preaching over radio stations, in nursing homes, in shut in's homes, in churches, on the mission field abroad and at home, through being charitable to those in need, taking in children through DHR, and by pastoring churches and evangelizing in churches, etc. Every "offering" for teaching, preaching, and/or singing has been put in this Ministry, not pocketed!
In 2006, Living Bread Ministry purchased a church building in Adger, AL and we named it Adger Holiness Church. Sis. Lisa Frye joined with us and became a part of LBM. That church was dissolved in 2015 after 9 years of pastorship (But we plan to start remodeling to open back up) and we started evangelizing and doing music in churches.
In 2009, Living Bread Ministry took a huge leap of faith and purchased 21.65 acres of property on Mud Creek Rd/Mud Creek Church Rd after God spoke to Bro. Gary and told him to buy it! God didn't specifically speak the reason or use of that property (Bro. Gary calls "The Camp") but at the time we had custody of three children through DHR (no kin-met parents on the side of the road out of gas November 2007) and we could imagine it being used to help children.
LBM borrowed $120,000 through Alabama AG Credit, FLCA in Tuscaloosa, AL and the down payment of $35,000 through our own home equity (The home equity loan was paid in full in October of 2019, Praise God!!). The current “principal balance” through the land bank is $46,000.00! With God's help and your donations, LBM has paid a whopping $206,460 so far for this land including interest and principal! We need your help to pay the current balance off and get started building!
LBM has a vision to build a Mission House that will help and/or care for children on this property (“The Camp”) in the future. Our current vision, and the reason for this Fundraiser, is to pay off the loan balance and build a large pavilion or pole barn with a men/women bathhouse to host work days and hold outdoor event fundraisers and services while continuing the clearing at The Camp. We can’t fulfill this vision without prayers, volunteers, finances, equipment and legal advice. We have a decent access road to the property. But, we need more underbrush cut, water and electricity run to the land, and materials, equipment and labor to pour concrete slabs and to put up the pavilion or pole barn and build the men/women bathhouse. We would love to visit your Church, Ministry, Business, or Organization to expound on this vision. We minister in song and Bro. Gary Smart & Sis. Lisa Frye minister through the preached Word of God.
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