... I am the bread of life. (John 6:35)

In John 6, Jesus feeds the multitude. Later in the same chapter, he says that he is the bread of life and that whoever comes to him will never be hungry or thirsty.

Among the fine stories in this issue about MCC’s work through education, it would be easy to miss Damir Vrbanec’s story of personal and spiritual transformation serving the marginalized Roma people in Serbia.

Bread of Life, MCC’s partner organization, is a Christian ministry of evangelical and Baptist churches in Belgrade, Serbia, following Jesus’ example of serving others.

With support from MCC, Bread of Life is helping Roma children succeed in school — an enormous step for a community where 80 percent of the population is illiterate and unemployment is high.

Damir began his work with Bread of Life by helping in the warehouse. Today, he devotes himself to working with third to eighth grade Roma children and their parents. 

As a Christian, Damir believes that his life should benefit others and that working with the children gives his life purpose.

It is a purpose that began more than 25 years ago, when another family introduced him to a community that loved him into the church. 

“I am the bread of life,” says Jesus. As we discover the truth of Jesus’ words for ourselves, we can share bread with so many others.

J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director