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Bread of Life Ministries
Bread of Life Ministries International
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Country  Philippines
Denomination Evangelical Christian, Calvinist
Website Bread of Life Ministries International
Clergy
Senior pastor(s) Rev. Caesar "Butch" Conde

Bread of Life Ministries International is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian megachurch[1][2] located in Crossroad77, Quezon City Philippines.[3] The church is composed of the central church in Metro Manila, outreaches in urban centers in the Philippines and overseas congregations in Asia, North America and Europe. The central church has sites in Quezon City, Makati, Valenzuela, and Antipolo, with weekly attendance of around 15,000[4]. Bread of Life has 50 outreach congregations in Marikina, Rizal, Cavite, Pampanga, Baguio, Palawan, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Tarlac, Bataan, Pangasinan, Puerto Prinsesa, Bicol region, Cebu, Dumaguete, Butuan, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos City. Over the years, the church has expanded to meet the needs of Oveseas Filipinos by setting up satellite congregations in Japan, Singapore, Brunei, Myanmar, Dubai, Jeddah and South Korea in Asia; in Australia; in Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands in Europe; and in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, California and in New York City, New York[5] in the United States. Rev. Caesar “Butch” Conde is its senior pastor.

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History

Bread of Life Ministries was founded in November 1982 by Pastor Conde. Pastor Conde originally wanted to start a half-way house for prostitutes in Olongapo City, where the U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay was located. After several prayer gatherings, Pastor Conde, together with 12 members, felt compelled to start a new church in Loyola Heights, Quezon City. The Catholic school, Marynoll College (now Miriam College), offered its auditorium to launch the first service of the church on November 14, 1982.[2]

From a gathering of 120 members in Maryknoll College, weekly attendance steadily increased to a thousand prompting the church to move to the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City. In 1984, church gatherings transferred to Celebrity Sports Plaza on Capitol Hills, Quezon City to accommodate another 1,200 members. On April 5, 1987, the church moved again to Circle Theatre with around 1,800 to 2,000 members attending each of the five services. With church attendance swelling, Bread of Life began building its own ministry center, Crossroad77 located in Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City. In November 29, 1998, Bread of Life dedicated Crossroad77 and weekly attendance averaged 2,500 each service. [6] The rapid growth of the church can be attributed to the personal care of new members and neighborhood small groups presided by trained leaders.[7]

Prayer Activities

Bread of Life holds several prayer events such as: Dawnwatch, a daily morning prayer intercession held in its Ministry Center in Crossroad 77 from 5:00am to 5:45 am; Mountain Soar, where people belonging to different Christian evangelical denominations gather once a month at the Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain, its prayer facility located in Antipolo City; Power Station, BOL's 24-hour prayer chain patterned after the dedicated prayer chains of South Korea; and Wide Awake (formerly called Overnight Watch), a once-a-month whole-night of prayer intercession and sharing of testimonies also held in Crossroad 77.[8][9]

Central Church Activities

Crossroad77, the ministry center, hosts several groups that meet once a week to do Bible study, fellowship and ministry work. These include: The Shire Fellowship is Bread of Life's Central Church's ministry for elementary, high school and college students that meets every Saturday evening at Crossroad 77 and Oriental Dreamers for Young Adults. More Than Medals is a ministry for the athletes specializing in Wushu and Taekwondo.[10][11]. Dreams Department is Bread of Life's ministry for creative productions such as multimedia presentations. Fellows for Jesus is BOL's ministry for husbands, while Homemakers for Jesus is BOL's ministry for wives. More than C-onquerors and Crosscare are ministries for the people in the medical field. The Yogurt Company is a ministry for the aged.[12]

Other Ministries

Bread of Life Ministries also operates a wide range of ministries to meet the needs of its ever growing congregation: the House of Refuge Foundation, a half-way house for Manila’s street children [13]; Turning Point Foundation, ministry for drug dependents; Lydia's Helping Hand Mission, ministry towards the indigent in Tondo, Manila; and the Meridian International Learning Experience, a multi-lingual Christian educational institution.

Controversy

On October 18, 2004, Kingdom Of A Higher World released a paid advertisement in the Philippine Daily Inquirer entitled “Misplaced Priorities Can Mislead the Nation.” The article featured an eleven-year old girl, Faye San Juan, who won in an “Intercontinental Science Quiz Net” in Australia without support from the Philippine government[14]. The article struck a chord amongst the hearts of Filipinos in search of modern-day heroes. Emails, newspaper editorials[15], text messages and television shows at ABS-CBN and GMA-7 spread the news worldwide. Unfortunately, after further scrutiny in the media[16], the whole story turned out to be a hoax[17]. Bread of Life issued a public apology [18] and cancelled the column.

See also

References

  1. ^ Westerlund, David. (December 1996) Questioning the Secular State: The Worldwide Resurgence of Religion in Politics. New Work: St. Martin's Press (p 1331)
  2. ^ a b Anderson, Allan and Tang, Edmond. (2005) Asian and Pentecostal: the charismatic face of Christianity in Asia.] London: Regnum Books (p 392 to 395)
  3. ^ - Bread of Life Contact Information
  4. ^ - Bread of Life Headquarters Attendance
  5. ^ - Bread of Life USA: About Us
  6. ^ Anderson, Allan and Tang, Edmond. (2005) Asian and Pentecostal: the charismatic face of Christianity in Asia.] London: Regnum Books (p 391 to 392)
  7. ^ Anderson, Allan. (2004) An Introduction to Pentecostalism: Global Charismatic Christianity. London: Cambridge University Press(p 131)
  8. ^ - Mountain Soar and Mountain Chillout
  9. ^ - Dawnwatch and Wide Awake
  10. ^ - A Champion in Life, Manila Standard Today
  11. ^ - Chelsea Bernasconi won World Wushu Championship in Malaysia, August 2006
  12. ^ - Journey Groups
  13. ^ - Poverty in the Philippines should be addressed both in terms of Spiritual Warfare and Social Welfare
  14. ^ - E-mail hoax of the year
  15. ^ Evangelista, Patricia Chanco. "Filipino Idol Crazed", The Philippine Star, Manila. November 22, 2004
  16. ^ Pascual, Federico. "Post Script: Why use Faye to score political points vs gov't?" The Philippine Star, Manila, November 7, 2004
  17. ^ Sison, Jose. "A Law Each Day", The Philippine Star, Manila, November 5, 2004
  18. ^ Pascual, Federico. "Post Script", It's official and final: - Faye told us a Fairy Tale." The Philippine Star, Manila, November 14, 2004

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