BOLO began in the early 1990s as an outreach to the Former Soviet Union (FSU).
When their political and economic system imploded, President Gorbachev tried to steer the country toward some type of democratic reforms. There were long bread lines and many social problems in Russia. Our church was a founding member of an organization called Special Outreach Siberia (SOS). We were registered with the Fund for Democracy and Development, a program initiated by the US State Department. The program was chaired by Lee Iacocca and developed to supply humanitarian assistance to the FSU. We filled containers with humanitarian supplies and the State Department provided free transport to an address of our choice within the eleven time zones composing the FSU.
SOS focused on the Siberian region east of the Ural Mountains. Our specific focus was to the members of the Russian underground church that had been persecuted and suppressed during the communist era. The church was now resurfacing, practicing their faith openly and assisting the poor citizens in their communities. We helped them with funding for building rentals to conduct worship services and provided food and household products. We also provided leadership training and helped them start new churches. We shipped medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in their towns and cities and provided teams of medical personnel. Our outreach came to a close in 2005 when the political winds began to shift in Russia. The State Department ended the humanitarian shipment program due to political complications and corruption within Russia.
During the SOS time period we established relationships with many donor organizations in the U.S. We also saw large numbers of families in our own community needing assistance. In 1994 we started the Bread of Life Outreach.
Convoy of Hope
Feed the Children
Giant Food Stores
Newport Post Office
Perry County Food Bank
South Central Pennsylvania Food Bank