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In This Issue BOL Thrift Store Opens Pg2 BOL Apology Pg3 BOL Appreciation Dinner Pg4 BOL Block Party Pg5 BOL Celeb Pg7


Bread of Life Rescue Mission




whoever comes to Me will never go hungry and whoever believes in Me will never go thirsty.

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JOHN 6:35



Thrift Store Opens

The Bread of Life Rescue Mission has opened up a Thrift Store to better serve the public with reasonably priced lightly used clothing, household items, furniture, appliances, and many other items including sporting goods, electronics, outdoor equipment, etc.

The new Bread of Life Rescue Mission’s Thrift Store is located at 356 West Ave., Crossville, TN (The old Marlow Motors building) and will be accepting donations of the above items at a designated, sign directed, drop off location at the store. The hours of operation are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; closed Sunday. The phone number is 931-337-0555. Many volunteers are needed to help at the new Thrift Store, from sorting and displaying clothing, testing appliances, rearranging furniture, pricing items, cleaning items and store areas, help with pick-ups, helping and directing customers, accepting donations, etc. So, if you are looking to help at this important Christian mission, please call during business hours.


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“Donations of food items will continue to be accepted at The Bread of Life Rescue Mission located at 281 4th St. Food boxes, meals, assistance, and other services will continue at the Mission building.” The programs and services at the Mission have increased dramatically at the Mission since the new building was built a little more than three years ago. Since the Mission does not accept government funds for any of their programs, the new Thrift Store is expected to contribute greatly to those much needed programs and services through the donations of various items that will be sold. For more information about the Bread of Life Thrift Store, or to volunteer, please visit their website at Also, our Facebook page is located on the “Home” page of the website.


Special Apology Message To All Bread of Life Rescue Mission Donors

As many of you already know, The Mission opened a new Thrift Store on May 1st 2016. As a result, we became shorthanded in the office of the Mission. During the transition of opening the Thrift Store, we were unable to find a Volunteer or staff person to complete the task of sending out our normal “Thank You” donation letters. Our Office Manager, Randall Reagan, was assigned as Thrift Store Manager in March, before the Thrift Store opened, to coordinate the selection of the site, organize setting up the various sections of clothing, household items, furniture, donation and sorting areas, etc., in the store and start the hiring process. Finally, in the middle of May we were able to find a qualified Administrative Assistant, Judy Steele, to learn the various programs necessary to get back on track to complete data entry, address changes and other administrative duties. Judy comes to us with a strong Christian background and a vast degree of organizational skills acquired from bookkeeping and

In Memory or In Honor

of your loved one, purchase a stone for the memorial sidewalk at the entrance to the Bread of Life Rescue Mission. The cost of each stone is $100. The memorial stones are made from carefully selected Crab Orchard Stone, cut and engraved by hand with the words of your choice. A gift to the Bread of Life Rescue Mission is an ideal way to remember a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, or to acknowledge a loved one, while at the same time helping those in need.

business ownership. She is dedicated heartily to the Mission and its view of confidentiality toward donor receipts and has pledged to continue to mail out timely receipts to our important and valuable donors. The Mission greatly appreciates your donations and wants to thank each and every donor from the bottom of our hearts, because our hearts have no bottom, and the seeds you sow at the Mission on 4th St called the Bread of Life Rescue Mission will continue to touch the hearts of the countless broken ones we serve. So, for this reason, we ask that you continue your support. If you have any questions or corrections with your address or donation receipt, please email Judy Steele at , call the office at 931-707-0503, or view our website: Have a blessed Thanksgiving, a wonderful Christmas filled with Jesus’ love, and a Happy New year from our family to yours.

Please include return address to receive a tax deductible receipt.

When you send your memorial or in honor of gift to the Bread of Life Rescue Mission, you will receive a taxdeductible receipt and a card will be mailed promptly to the bereaved family or the friend being honored, telling them of your gift.

Please mail your donation to: Bread of Life Resuce Mission P.O. Box 1414 Crossville, TN 38557

I would like to donate the following amount or included gift: Please commission a Memorial or Honor Stone. Enclosed is my donation of $100.

In Memory Of In Honor Of Name(s) on the stone: Name & Address of any parties to whom notification is requested:

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Appreciation Dinner

Ralph Reagan, Co-Executive Director, of the Bread of Life Rescue Mission, addressed the more than 300 guests attending the Annual Appreciation Dinner held at the Cumberland County Community Complex with a complete dinner served by Forte’s Restaurant. Mr. Reagan began the program by informing the guests that in the almost 16 years of the Mission’s existence, he baptized more than 11,000 people. Other important statistics included the Mission serving more than 82,000 people during 2015. Numbers of significance included the Medical Clinic served 478, Bed nights 13,807, Assistance with utilities, 840, Food boxes, 2,220, Meals served, 60,631 and sack lunches for resident workers, 3,526. Greg Williams, Chaplain at the Bledsoe Prison explained the Take 1 program that rehabilitates prisoners to return to society when their sentence is served. Moderator of the evening’s program, Frank Massaro, Community Resource Manager for the Mission recognized all the Veterans, Board members and volunteers for their service and thanked Forte’s Restaurant for serving a delicious dinner and Donnie Moody, Complex Director, for setting up the stage, tables & chairs for the event. Hilltopper’s Inc. special needs members are also volunteering at the Mission and the new Thrift Store, a great partnership. The heart of the program was listening to the testimonies of former residents that stayed at the Mission and have become successful with the aid of the Mission. Terry Fine and Arturo Bustos Abonza were such residents that have succeeded. Arturo’s life story was very inspiring as he was originally from Mexico, but raised in Georgia, got married to Maria, got in trouble through addiction and served time in prison. Four years ago, he was saved by God’s grace and came to the Mission about 2 years ago with nothing. His family was still in Georgia. The Mission encouraged Arturo to keep his eyes on Jesus and helped him with transportation, shelter, food and


Pictured from left is Arturo Bustos Abonza, gives his testimony, with children Sacha, Estrella, Perla, and wife Maria (with baby A.J. on the way), about his life story and his stay as a former resident at the Bread of Life Rescue Mission.

encouraged him to find a job. After 2 weeks, he found a full time job. After 2 months, he found a home and was able to bring his family to Crossville. Arturo said, ”I would like to thank all the churches that are supporting the Mission and those who have a part in the Mission as they are the vessels of blessings from the Lord.” Frank then introduced Randall Reagan, Thrift Store Manager, who described the newly opened Thrift Store at 356 West Ave. with hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. and closed on Sunday. The store phone number is 931-337-0555. Frank had some concluding remarks and reminded everyone to view the Bread of Life Rescue Mission website at or call the Mission at 931-707-0503. Danny Smith, Pastor, Crab Orchard Christian Church closed the program out with prayer, but also reminded Ralph that when he was a Deputy Sheriff, he was the last person to arrest Ralph and sent him back to prison. And now they are both brothers in Christ!

Volunteers Needed

Do you have a few hours each month you could give for Jesus and His work? If you are interested in volunteering, contact Director, Connie Reagan at 931-707-0503.


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Block Party A Success

The 2016 Annual Bread of Life Rescue Mission’s 16th annual Block Party was a huge success. The weather finally cooperated blessing the Mission with a beautiful, sunny and warm day for everyone to enjoy this year’s festivities, which included gospel singing, guided tours of the Mission, plenty of food, and fun at the playground, inflatable’s and a dunking booth for the kids. A special thank you goes out to Joyful Praise for setting up and use of the sound equipment for all singers including Joyful Praise, Steve Wilson, Jim Ricketts, True Believers and Tim Turner. The cooks included Bobby Trowbridge, Ben Sanders, Jason VanHorn, and John Teeple, who provided plenty of chicken, pork, bologna, and his specialty of Lo Country Boil (for those who aren’t sure what that is, you can call John at 931-510-


6164 for more information). We also want to thank the City of Crossville for closing the section of 4th St in front of the Mission that provided a safe place for the kids and adults to cross the street for activities held on both sides of 4th St. Without the help of volunteers and staff, it would have been impossible to attend to the needs of the more than 400 people that attended and enjoyed a wonderful day of praise, games, food, and guided tours of the Mission. Volunteers prepared covered dishes including homemade ice cream! For more information about the Bread of Life Rescue Mission and to volunteer at their newly opened Thrift Store (931-337-0555), you view their website www. or call 931-707-0503.

Medical Clinic

Open Mondays & Thursdays 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM Phone: 931-337-0500

The clinic is for those with no insurance. Intake/ reception and nurse volunteers are needed. If interested, please stop by the clinic during open hours or phone to talk to somone.

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Giving a Hand Up, Not A Hand Out


The Bread of Life Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization. The Mission’s purpose is glorifying God through the salvation of souls and rehabilitation of individuals, providing temporary shelter, medical/dental attention, food for the homeless and transient, conducting interdenominational services daily and educating and rehabilitating those seeking help out of life on the streets.

Visit our Website The Bread of Life has a website and Facebook page that provides updated information and covers many events and announcements that are not included in the quarterly newsletter. Everyone is invited to visit and explore our website, We depend upon volunteers to help us accomplish various duties at and around the Mission. So, if you would like to share your time and talents, please give us a call at the office during business hours 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Standard vounteer times are from 9:30 AM - 12 NOON, and 1:00 PM 3:30 PM. Monday through Friday. We hope that you will consider the upcoming Holidays as a reminder that those less fortunate are counting on your support. Whatever your donation is, it will go a long way to giving those in need a hand up.

P.O. Box 1414 Crossville, TN 38557 281 Fourth Street Crossville, TN 38555 Phone: 931-707-0503 Website:


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We Would Like To Recognize The Following Organizations For Their Donations & Support Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee V.E.C. (Volunteer Energy Cooperative) United Fund Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Company

For Information

Director Ralph Reagan Administrative Assistant Judy Steele Community Resource Manager Frank Massaro

Office Hours Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Celebrates 16 Years

October 11th, 2000, the Bread of Life Rescue Mission began serving the homeless and less fortunate at 281 4th St. Crossville, TN. From meager beginnings in a very small house behind the Miracle on 4th St. Chapel, Connie and Ralph Reagan had a vision to begin helping the homeless by providing meals and housing. First Baptist Church of Crossville, started a side door ministry to help the hurting by providing the initial support for the Mission’s beginning and have continued to support the Mission throughout the toughest of financial times. Connie and Ralph had just $14 together, but had faith that others would join in their mission. The house provided meals for the hurting, the less fortunate homeless on the streets, the residents, and anyone who needed something to eat. The Chapel had sleeping quarters underneath the sanctuary that housed the men and the small house provided shelter and comfort for women and children. To say that things were a bit crowded was an understatement, but they persevered. Ralph continued to go out into the community and speak about their Mission and began to make financial progress especially with local churches individuals, and businesses. Volunteers came to help by serving meals, cooking, cleaning, funding and untold other tasks that were necessary to provide the services needed to maintain structure for those in need. Two years later, they began the food box ministry, which continues today. The Mission truly provided a beacon of hope for the hurting and continues today. Once stable, Ralph began his education in Kentucky until he received his doctorate in divinity and has baptized more than 11,000 since. About four years ago, progress continued with the completion of the new Mission building across the street from the Chapel and small house (now the Medical Clinic), that is able to house both men, women and children


in separate dormitories, offices, a reception area, food pantry and cafeteria with a large kitchen. In addition to providing housing, residents have an opportunity to learn more about the Bible, themselves, and becoming useful citizens in the community by getting jobs (with the help of a sack lunch and drink), saving money while at the Mission, and ultimately getting their own place to live without having to be exposed to street life. The Mission also provides food boxes and assistance with utilities and rent for those in the community that qualify. Although the numbers helped at the beginning of this ministry were about 3,000 meals served, and 16 to 30 residents, records from 2015 are truly remarkable and are as follows: Medical patients seen, 478; Received Christ, 60; Baptisms, 30; Residents, 648; Bed nights, 13,807; Assistance, 840; Food boxes, 2,220; Meals served, 60,631; Sack lunches for workers, 3,526; People who received housing, 80; Clothing & furniture, 144, which adds up to a total number of people served to 82,464! We have been very fortunate to have churches, individuals, civic organizations and businesses to help provide the meals as well as serving them. Those groups are also pivotal with their financial aid, (especially since we do not take state or government funds), volunteers and other donations of food for our food pantry as well as other useable items by the Mission and new Thrift Store. In May of this year the Mission opened their Thrift Store, which provides low priced furniture, appliances, household items, clothing and arts and crafts for anyone in the community. It also provides job opportunities for Mission residents in stocking shelves, inventory, cashiering, receiving and customer service. The Thrift Store (931-337-0555) will schedule pick-ups for your donations and their hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thrift Store

356 West Ave. Crossville, TN 38555 931-337-0555 Store Hours: Mon - Fri 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed Sunday

Volunteers Needed Call 931-337-0555

Donations Accepted: Clothing, Household Items, Furniture, Appliances, Sporting Goods, Electronics, Outdoor Equipment, Other Non-Food Items Scheduled Pickup Hours Till One Hour Before Close.

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Nonprofit U.S. Postage PAID Crossville, TN Permit No. 48

P.O. Box 1414 Crossville, TN 38557

281 Fourth Street Crossville, TN 38555 Phone: 931-707-0503 Website: BreadOfLife

Directors Rev. Ralph Reagan Connie Reagan Staff Judy Steele, Administrative Assistant Frank Rector Verna Barnett Frank Massaro Kirk Kirkeminde Ben Sanders Board of Directors Steve Stone, President Ralph Reagan, Vice President Larry Tonkel, Treasurer Ron Brining, Assistant Treasurer Barbara Stewart, Secretary Pit Kemmer Russell Smith Freddie Rios Dan Tingle Eddie Frady Sammie Selectman, Honorary Board Member Worship Services Daily 7:00 PM Sunday School 9:30 AM Sunday Worship 11:00 AM Sunday Evening 5:00 PM Gospel Singing First Saturday of Every Month 7:00 PM

Bread Of Life Thrift Store

356 West Ave. Crossville, TN 38555 Phone: 931-337-0555 Website: Randall Reagan, Thrift Store Manager

Please Pray For Mission Needs • Increased storage for all donations, including food pantry • More volunteers, food and paper products fo the pantry • Financial assistance to help meet ongoing operating expenses and long-range planning goals • The Mission accepts furniture, appliances, household goods, vehicles and property. Any property or vehicles donated are sold and the funds go directly into our Benevlolence fund. BOL is a 501(c) organizaiton and all donations are tax deductible. 8

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