Our Daily Bread

This week sees a really exciting time in the life of the charity 1in1out.  As you might know, we stay on the charity’s property as the site managers.

Bakery

This is the bakery the charity acquired about a year ago.  It is fully fitted with 2 industrial ovens and a bread mixer.  This week we started training to start operating as a fully fledged bakery.

Cold weather

So training kicked off yesterday on what seemed like the coldest day in Joburg this year.  The bakery is a shipping container that has not been insulated like the container house on site.  It was so cold inside, we decided to move into the main house for the theory part of the course.

Doing sums

I thought baking bread was simple!  We had to learn how to do costing so you get maximum profit from your yield.

Today was more exciting.  We got to get our hands dirty and actually started baking!

Kneading the dough

Baking bread is hard work!!!  Hygiene comes first so I had to step aside as I have a deep cut in my right thumb.  I suppose it comes with the territory of being a DIY-er!

After about 2 hours of mixing, resting, proofing and baking this was the yield we delivered…

1st yield of Our Daily Bread!

I haven’t felt this proud in a while!  Our first yield of the Our Daily Bread concept!  The bakery will primarily operate as a non-profit business.  We will supply schools and communities that are in dire need with loaves of bread on a daily basis. Then whatever is left over will be sold to the local spaza shops to make up for some funds.

This is a great project.  The aim is to also bake pastries which will be sold to make some profit to fund the distribution of the bread to the schools etc.  We hope to officially open the bakery at the end of September.

Every morning before we start we pray and this morning’s scripture reading was taken from Mark 6.  I will only quote verses 39-43.

39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.”

Wow…this is so prophetic for what we are trying to achieve.  With the little we have we are aiming to feed thousands and with God’s help we know we will!  If you want to get involved, drop us a line. Every little bit helps!

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