Senders Needed

As I sit to write this I struggle with how to begin; only clichés come to mind:

“Some go and others send.”

“One goes into the well while one holds the rope, but they both have scars on their hands.”

The point being: those who go and those who send are equally significant. Yet, I feel as though many would-be senders don’t realize their vital importance to our ministry.

As a person who has spent the last 12 years on the going side of the equation, I can honestly say nothing is more encouraging to me as when others partner with me in ministry. I often receive encouraging words from many, and I am grateful. However, when someone shows they believe in what we’re  doing by investing in the work, I am encouraged to persevere. I can relate to what Paul told the church in Philippi, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.” (Phil 4:17). I am passionate about this ministry and want to give others an opportunity to join us in serving Jesus by serving some of the poorest people on the planet.

Hubbard Family

When Barbara and I launched Living Bread Ministries almost 12 years ago we were torn between the need to fundraise and the responsibility of proving our ministry model was worthy of investment. Since it was a new organization we felt we must bear fruit before asking others to join us. So, for the first few years we did not seek to raise personal support. We supported ourselves through our personal savings and odd jobs. With this we also launched the work in Brazil. After a few years of this our savings was exhausted and many of our personal belongings had been sold off, but an exciting church planting movement among the poor in Brazil was taking shape!

Eventually, we began raising personal support toward a set goal of $3,000 per month. We worked to raise this money while concurrently fundraising for the work in Brazil. It took seven years to reach our goal and we have not sought to increase our personal funding since. However, as sender’s circumstances have changed over the past two years, we have watched our personal support dwindle. The problem has been compounded for us as living expenses increase—including our health insurance which we pay out of our personal support.

As a result, we currently find ourselves needing to raise $1,500 per month in personal support to cover the decrease in giving, and cost of living and health insurance increases. Would you please consider partnering with us by committing to a monthly contribution or a special one-time gift? In doing so you join us in the important work of comprehensive church planting among the global poor. As a sender, you become a catalyst for church planting movements in Brazil, Thailand, Cambodia, and beyond. All donations are tax deductible and can be made using the secure link below. We are grateful for your generosity!

Join the Hubbard’s in Comprehensive Church Planting Among the Global Poor


Comprehensive Church Planting Among the Global Poor

When Bárbara and I began Living Bread Ministries in 2004 our heart was to spark a movement to plant churches among the global poor.  Even more, we wanted the movement to be comprehensive in nature, planting churches and equipping them to minister directly in their communities.  Finally, we wanted it to be a movement that is participated in by the whole Church working together.  In this video you will see a concise presentation of our mission, our story, and our vision for the future!

If you would like to learn more about Living Bread or partner with us visit us here.


Do Not Choose Between Church Planting and Humanitarian Ministry

When Bárbara and I began Living Bread Ministries ten years ago we had a vision to minister to the comprehensive needs of the poor.  We had seen, within the North American church, two ways of viewing church and mission.  In our little corner of the world most churches were in one of two camps; the churches that cared for physical needs and those who cared for spiritual.  Often both camps held an air of superiority over one another.

We saw the biblical call to both and wanted to plant churches among the poor and needy who understood this as well.  What developed was a comprehensive, whole gospel, approach to ministering among the global poor.  Central to our efforts is church planting among the poor which is in itself unusual.  In addition, we go a step further and equip each of our church plants to minister in a comprehensive way in their community.

We are church planting among the most needy, and through our church plants we are addressing the real physical, educational, relational, AND spiritual needs of the individuals and communities we work in.  When you support Living Bread you are supporting a comprehensive work that is involved in church planting and, through those church plants, aid and development work.  You really don’t have to choose between church planting and humanitarian ministry when choosing how to invest in the kingdom of God.



Interview on Church Planter Podcast

Earlier this week I was blessed with the opportunity to be interviewed for the Church Planter Podcast.  The podcast and Church Planter Magazine are both excellent resources for church planters and have articles and interviews from many on the cutting edge of church planting.  Peyton and Pete have a heart for equipping serial planters through both of these avenues as well as the New Breed Church Planting network.

In this interview we discuss my work with Living Bread Ministries and why church planting among the global poor must be central to all of our efforts to minister among the poor. Regardless of the need, spiritual or physical, a thriving local church is central to the answer.


I’d love to hear your thoughts on the interview.



We Forgot to Bring Bread

In Mark 8:1-10 Jesus performs his second feeding miracle.  Here he is moved by compassion for the crowd and feeds them with a few loaves of bread and some fish.  Like before, he blesses the food and breaks it and his disciples distribute it.  There are several things that can be taken from this narrative, but I want to focus on one simple truth that I was confronted with today.

Having twice seen Jesus feed the multitudes with a few loaves and fish you would think the disciples would never again worry about food.  Yet in verse 13 we see them loading a boat for a trip to Bethsaida.  They forgot to bring bread and only had one loaf to feed them all on the trip (vs. 14).  They become concerned about this lack of bread and Jesus overhears them discussing it among themselves (vs.16).  Here is how Jesus responds:

“Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?” Mark 8:17-21 (ESV)

When I read this I found myself irritated with the disciples.  How could they be worried about food when they had seen Jesus miraculously feed thousands of people twice? Certainly Jesus could feed twelve men!  As I thought this, the Spirit of God gently reminded me that I don’t understand either.

For 10 years I have seen the Lord provide for my family and for Living Bread Ministries in ways that I could not imagine.  More specifically we just witnessed the Lord provide over $60,000 of the $150,000 we need to operate and expand in 2014.  Yet like the disciples, who were focused on the one loaf they had rather than how Jesus had provided before, I often focus on my current circumstances rather than a long history of deliverance and provision.  Too often, I just do not understand!


Service: The Way of Thriving in the Kingdom

In Mark 10:35-45 Jesus explains to His disciples how His kingdom is different from the World.  He calls His followers to lives of service because of and empowered by His service on their behalf.



He Has Made Us One – Free Download

My friend, Nate White, recently recorded an EP and I must say it has been in my CD player for months. The theological depth and his understanding of the Church and her mission is captivating.  Nate recently made the EP available for free download on NoiseTrade.  He believes in the message of his music and wants to see the Church blessed by it.  To this end, should you choose to leave a tip, Nate and Dianne have committed to giving 100% of the tips to Living Bread Ministries to fund church planting among the global poor.  Go pick up a copy, be blessed, and be a blessing!