SANANTONIO -- So far this year more than 139,000 people have been served by Daily Bread Ministries. The need is growing. Daily Bread Ministries helps more than 200 other ministries in the San Antonio area.
The high cost of gasoline has made it difficult for the private organization to serve those in need, but they're still changing lives.
Chuck Farmer, Executive Director of Daily Bread Ministries, said the food is always afree gift just as health, wellness, and peace are free gifts from God.
Jesus always met the person's physical need before addressing the spiritual need, and we do the same, said Farmer. The food would do no good if you did not receive it from the person who gave it to you.
Helping feed those less fortunate is a major part of the ministry, but they help in all kinds of ways. Daily Bread Ministries recently accepted a large donation of mattresses. They found a soft place to land when they discovered Sold Out Believers neededthe mattresses.
Sold Out Believers Church is located at 800 Cincinnati Avenue. Established in May of 2009, Pastor Ray and Laura Torres reach out to those rejected by society and their families.
Daily Bread Ministries is Heaven sent, said Laura Torres. This ministry provides us with food, clothing, and other essentials.
The Torres couple has been involved in full-time ministry for 17 years. Pastor Laura Torres said they help prostitutes and drug addicts. Right now, they have 7 women and 12 men in their program. The women live at The Deborah House and the men stay at The Joshua House.
It's a six to nine month program, said Torres. We provide a home family atmosphere at no cost to them. We provide group and individual counseling and group therapy.
To prove they're serious about reaching out to the broken hearted, they recently converted a bar on the west side into a church. The church is growing with 140 faithful members. The come as you are services are Wednesday 7 p.m., Friday is youth night at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
You can reach Daily Bread Ministries at www.dailybreadministries.org.
Or call them at (210) 223-4707. They accept non-perishable food items at their warehouse located at 700 W. Houston Street. They're open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.