Sunday, December 30, 2012

"The Memo" Blog Post

Did you get the memo?

A blog post that rocked my world and changed me forever!

You have to ask yourself, did you get the memo? 

Thank you Linny (from A Place Called Simplicity)
for writing this and being so faithful.

You have blessed many people. 

Click Here

Friday, December 28, 2012

1 Amazing Week of Fundraising - BFL'

"In you the orphan finds mercy.”
Hosea 14:3

The week of our 'Bread For Life' Christmas Open House,
we raised a total of

Only. God.

I mailed my check today to IVO so when they travel
to Uganda in 9 days, this money will help start
the building process of Praise's new dormitories for the girls! 


I'm PRAISING the Lord because I KNOW it's ALL HIM.

He IS the Father to the fatherless
and He is using this little bread ministry
to provide for His children.
It is such a blessing to have a front row seat at God's Work.

Altogether we had 163 loaves of bread and from that,
we raised $2000 and even had bread left over! 


Thank you to EVERYONE who purchased a loaf of bread
or just gave generously through 'Bread For Life' for this project. 

Without your support, love and prayers
 we couldn't make such an impact
on so many little lives.

So thank you!
Really, thank you!

Would you believe me if I told you...

this little bread baking ministry is 1 year old
and I believe we are pushing the $20,000 mark!

It's true. 

I am blown away!
(I'm doing my books after the first of the year and I will let you know
but I think we are pretty darn close.) 


Or is it?

NOTHING is impossible with God!

When we step out in faith, God holds our hands.
He does things that we could not even imagine would be possible.

The Bible says it all. We just need to believe!

"Jesus looked at them and said,
'With man this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26

we are helping a child,
one loaf at a time!

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Open House for BFL

THIS Friday night
 is another 'Bread For Life' Christmas Open House at my home!

"Bread For Life" is raising money to build our dear sister Nalubwama Praise (in Uganda) and her 24 children new dormitories. Recent rains have destroyed their home and the children get wet in the night from rain pouring into their rooms. Not to mention a snake got in and bit one of the little children. So they really need our help!
BFL has partnered with "International Voice of the Orphan" for this project and fundraising. (This is the organization that I traveled to Uganda with this past June)  (

Join us as we raise money to get this project started! :)

100% of all donations raised will go to this urgent need.

Types of bread:
~ Persimmon Bread
~ Lemon Poppy Seed with Glaze
~ Poppy Seed with Orange Glaze
Pumpkin Bread
~ Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips
~ Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips and Walnuts
~ Orange Cranberry Bread

These breads are wonderful for the holidays and a great gifts for friends and neighbors!


Below is a slideshow that I created when we were fundraising for water for Nalubwama Praise children. Praise God we raised all the funds needed and they will have a Well drilled for them early next year. All from BREAD! Thank you to YOU who made that possible. 

These are the precious little faces we are are helping!

Also, the Water-Well that will be drilled for Praise (and her village) will be dedicated to the  Ives family in honor of their precious little son Jonah David who went to be with Jesus. (BFL has partnered with Holden Uganda to make that possible)

God is SO Good!. All the time!

Together, we are helping a child; one (yummy) loaf at a time!
Slide Show Link:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Im really struggling writing updates.

I have so much to share and nothing is coming easy.

I'm under some pretty intense spiritual warfare which I know is a sure sign that the Lord is working. But knowing this doesn't make anything any easier.

Sorry there is nothing updated. I hope to have clarity soon. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

In One Month, $5,100 In Bread Sales? YES!!

This is my MBM from last week.
Overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness as I watch the Lord
move mighty mountains for this sweet little ministry called
"Bread For Life". 
(Soon to be a non-profit- Woo-Hoo!!)

Praising Him all the way!

After a huge weekend of bread sales
and a busy month of BFL,
I am looking forward to a week of rest
and Thanksgiving.

I am in awe of all the Lord has done.
He has demonstrated His power in such a way
that leaves me speechless

(Oh, me of little faith).

ALL the glory and praise will continually flow
upward to Jesus for all He has done.

$5,100 in one month?


Bringing our overall total to over $15,000 in less than 1 year. 

Off pumpkin bread! HA!

Would you have ever imagined?

O.N.L.Y. H.I.M.

I believe the Lord is moving mountains
on behalf of His orphaned children;
once again demonstrating His heart
for the needy and abandoned.

I am humbled to have a front row seat
to such a sweet move of the Spirit.

Nobody could write a story like this... nobody!

I'm also so thankful for all the wonderful people
in my life watching this unfold with me;
so thankful for all the love, support, prayers,
and encouragement along the way.

And just to think, this is just the beginning
of what the Lord has in store.
Glory to God and praise Jesus!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

"Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain,
‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’
and does not doubt in his heart,
but believes that what he says will come to pass,
it will be done for him.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer,
believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
Mark 11:23-24

(More blog posts to follow with details of the amazing stories
that took place this past month.
It's taking me more time than I thought to put this all down on paper.
God is a God of detail. Amazing, flawless detail. Praise Him!) 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hillside Church - 'Bread For Life'

This girl is blessed beyond words!

In the two weeks 'Bread For Life' was at Hillside Church in Petaluma, I was blown away at the precious hearts of the leadership, the open warm hearts of the people and the solid Word being preached from the pulpit. This whole experience was a breath of fresh air.

The warmth and the love that this church showed me was a reminder that this is what the Bride of Christ looks like. Christ-centered, God-honoring, orphan-caring, assisting the poor, giving to the homeless, giving above and beyond what is required, Church. Overall, I am encouraged and humbled at the whole experience

As a body of believers, we raised exactly $900 for the 'least of these'. Praising God! There is great joy when we can work together as a community of believers.

Together we DO make a difference!

Side Note:
I was asked to share 'my story' with the congregation on Sunday October 28th. Here is a link to the message. Pastor Brad's sermon is awesome and I pray you are blessed, encouraged and challenged in your walk with Christ.

Here is the slideshow (click here) that I showed the congregation explaining the project for Praise and how we hope to drill her a water-well soon. These are the faces of her sweet children. 

I read a quote by Katie David that says, ""I am much more terrified of living a comfortable life in a self-serving society and failing to follow Jesus than I am of any illness or tragedy."

I can honestly say, this is a daily fear I have. 

Holiday Open House

No one has ever become poor by giving.

"Helping a child, one loaf at a time" BFL

'Bread For Life'
Holiday Bread's For Sale
Friday November 16th
The Maiocca Home
6pm - 9pm
(message me for directions)

Every purchase of bread will help give life and love to helpless,
sick and abandoned children. 

of all money raised will go directly to the urgent needs of His beloved.

Stop by and purchase a yummy homemade loaf of bread
and let's change the life of a child.

Together WE CAN make a difference! 

Cranberry Orange Bread
Variety of Pumpkin Breads
Poppy Seed with Orange Glaze
and MORE!!!

"In you the orphan finds mercy."
Hosea 14:3

Monday, October 1, 2012

Bread For Life ~ 10 Months In Review

This blog post is dedicated to everyone who has purchased a loaf of bread, prayed for this ministry or simply offered precious words of encouragement along the way. Without YOU none of this could have happened. 

‘Bread For Life’ is the Lord’s ministry. I offered Him the one talent that I was confident I had (baking pumpkin bread) and, because of His unfathomable love for the orphan, He has done the rest. In short, ‘Bread For Life’ has raised over $10,000 is less than 10 months! Unbelievable. Or is it? 

BFL was conceived in December of 2011 when I learned that most orphans do not have daily meals,  have no safe place to lay their head., and have nobody to hold them and tell them they are loved. They are abused, abandoned and often left to die. My heart bleeds for these children daily. There is a never-ending cry in my heart to love these children, whatever that may look like. 

After much prayer and seeking the Lord, I kept asking, “What can I do?” Then the idea came to mind, “Well, everyone tells me I bake good Pumpkin Bread” (all credit goes to my mother! It’s her recipe) “I could bake bread and sell it.”

From that moment on, that is what I set out to do and sure enough, people loved the bread. Most of all, however, they loved the cause! Once made aware of the urgent needs of children worldwide, they were eager to help in anyway possible. This is why my heart becomes overwhelmed with hope, gratitude and thanksgiving. Because WE have made a difference for so many lives, already. It hasn't even been 1 year and lives have been radically changed forever!!

Why? Because this is God’s ministry! This is His heart. We get the privilege to be His hands and His feet and through that He blesses us with unspeakable joy. Isn't that the coolest thing ever? I think so!

I also remember the day the Lord spoke to my heart and gave me the name “Bread For Life”. I was walking from my kitchen to my living room and it was as if the Lord said, “Your bread will help bring life to my children. I am the true 'Bread of Life' and you will be used to show them that truth.” Amazing!

I have baked and you have bought.

So without any further a-due, please allow me to share with you all that WE have done together as a team:

** Sanyu Babies Home in Uganda. Over $6,000 donated to this orphanage that takes in babies who have been abandoned anywhere from hours old to 3 years old.  When we visited this past June, my favorite little guy was Philip. He was 3 months old at that time and oh-so-little. Upon my return home, I learned that Philip was abandoned when he was 1 day old on the steps of Sanyu in the middle of the night. The Mamma’s found him wrapped in blankets when they arrived to work that morning. My heart bleeds with sorrow for these little precious bundles of joy. 

** “A Perfect Injustice.” API is a home for young boys who have been rescued from the slum of Kampala and given a chance at life - ‘Bread For Life’ was able to purchase yard equipment (lawn mower and weed eater) for this property so that the high grasses could be cut away. It was able to provide a clear, safe path for the boys and village families to walk to the well to get water and not have to worry about snakes and other creepy African style creatures biting them or hurting them. It also allowed grass to be cut around the home allowing these boys to have a safe field to play sports on. Just what every boy deserves right? I think so. 

** “Redeemer House” Orphanage in Uganda- We blessed the directer of the orphanage Kathy Vaughan with a cash donation for what she needed to better her home. I believe she said she needed to fix (or buy) a dinner table so all the children could eat meals together as a family every night. She also said she had village children she would like to provide for. You can read about Kathy and her story here (click on "About Us"). She is a remarkable and amazing woman that I am honored and humbled to have been able to spend time with. You talk about a woman of faith: this is her. 

** “A House of Praise” (This is my favorite!)- BFL was able to partner with a couple from our trip (Craig and Sherry French) and purchase a PREGNANT cow for 24 orphans who only ate one small meal a day and drank from a muddy creak. Praise is a 24 year old woman who took it upon herself to care for these 24 orphaned, hungry, lost and vulnerable children. She receives little to no help in what she does and therefore SHE NEEDS US! It was the greatest and most heartwarming feeling ever when they delivered this cow to her. The look on her face tells you everything. These precious children now have raw milk to drink on a daily basis to help their weak bodies get strong. Since our return home, we learned that the cow gave birth and the children named the calf “Miracle”. Doesn't that just warm your heart? It does mine. (All of this is a Miracle in my book!)

This is baby "Miracle"

** ‘Bread For Life’ helps adoptive families raise money. We have helped a family in their adoption process by donating over $1,900 in order to save a life of a child. I mean, really, who has $35,000 to adopt a child. Nobody does. That is why God brings people like you and I along to help in that process. *If you know of a family in our community in the middle of an adoptive process, please contact me. We would love to help support and fundraise!

** BFL has donated a small portion of money to help a family lay concrete in their home in the Dominican Republic. Because of ‘just enough funds’ a group of woman from Calvary Chapel Petaluma were able to donate the money for this to happen. This is huge. Image living in a home where the floor was dirt. Rain makes mud. Mud creates filth and disease sets in. What a huge blessing for this woman to now have a concrete floor for her and her family. 
(Not actual photo)

** BFL now sponsors a 12 year old boy who lives at “A Perfect Injustice”. A local Petaluma family and BFL has come together in partnership to save this child’s life. This boy, Bob, was on the streets in the slums of Kampala for 9 months after his family abandoned him. We decided to commit to his sponsorship and his future. On a Wednesday, that Saturday morning he was brought into the home. Look at his face before and look at it now! Praise God! I pray Bob is the first of many children ‘Bread For Life’ can sponsor!
Before API


(Sorry about the quality of the photos but I think you can see how happy he is how that he is safe!)

I have listed many things here. As I write these all out I am AMAZED at all that WE have done as a team. Do you realize, my friends, that none of this could have happened without your love and support. Do you see how huge this is. A few dollars here and there adds up! It makes a difference! It changes lives! This is proof!

Jesus made it all very clear in His words when he spoke to his disciples. He said, (I’m paraphrasing) “When you do these things, you are really doing them to me. These little ones are so precious to Me that you can just substitute Me in their place - so closely do I identify with them. In other words: It is ME that you are serving. Deny yourself. Sacrifice what is important to you for my names sake and I will make you fishers of men. I will fill you with a love for me that produces faith that will move mountains. Step outside yourself, trust me and watch what I can do.”

My heart is that everyone reading this will grasp and understand what is being shown here. These are not ‘miracles’ that I created or that you created, but really, it’s simply God’s heart at work, stopping at nothing to seek and to save. He just needs willing hearts. He needs people to say, “Yes Lord, I will!”

Throughout these months of sharing with people the heart behind “Bread For Life”, I have seen young children tithe all their money to this ministry. I have seen young girls empty their purses for the needs of the children. I have seen young adult men come to me in tears handing me all the money in their wallets. I have seen older woman write me checks that I could have never dreamed of. I have seen older men come to me, hug me and start weeping because they “get it”. After ‘so many years,‘ they get it now. Only the Spirit of the Lord could produce results like these. I will say this till the day I die, this is the Heart of Christ. This is what it’s all about. ‘Bread For Life’ is the Lord’s ministry and PRAISE GOD He has chosen us to do His work.

Thank you my friends. Thank you for all the support and all the love. And thank you to the mysterious person who pinned a $100 bill on my front porch and said, “Bread For Life.” Thank you! May God bless your heart, fill you with peace and give you a desire and love to serve Him all the days of your life!

Now, let’s see what we can do in the next ten months!


"And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful."
Titus 3:14

Monday, September 3, 2012

Our New Addition

It is with exciting and overjoyed hearts
that we announce...

Baby #4
coming March 14th!

To say that we were surprised is a bit of an understatement.
Truly, this sweet gift was not on our radar and that is why we are overjoyed 
knowing God has plans for this ever-growing Maiocca family.

I am officially 12 weeks this past Friday and 
we will be finding out what we are having! :-))
I have to know. I've already had enough surprises.

I have to say, the last 8 weeks has been utter torment.
Whoever created the tern "morning sickness" apparently was a man.
I have been struck down with "morning sickness' 24/7 for the past 8 weeks.
Sleeping on the bathroom floor became my new bed. Ugh!

Someone said that the "morning sickness' gets worst with every pregnancy.
I am here today to say,
Yep, I agree.

With all that being said, I am excited that I believe I am finally moving out of this sick-stage of pregnancy.
(I never thought I would see the day.)
I have had several good days scattered around and I am hopeful I will be normal SOON!
Whatever "normal" is: I want it!

I'm excited again to start writing about my Uganda trip as my heart LONGS daily
to be in that country with those beautiful people.
Something happened to me while I was there and I truly will never be the same.
Sometimes I just sit and look at all my pictures and I can still smell the smells, hear the sounds,
see the big brown eyes filled with tears, feel their hands holding mine.
I left my heart in Uganda and I pray for the day we return.

But until then, I will continue to unfold the memories from my heart onto paper.
I will continue to relive those precious moments and treasure all the memories
and share them with you the best I could.
They are simply priceless.

But first things first... 

Entering second trimester strong and well. 

I'm praying everyday, this will be the day.

Stay tuned...

"For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made"
Psalm 139:13-14

Thank you Jesus! ♥ 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Does She Know?

One of my most favorite pictures of the whole trip:

She was walking down this dirt road, 

Where is she going?
What is her name?
Does she have other children?
What has her life been like?
Is she hurting?
Does she have a home?
Does she have enough food and water?

I wonder all these things as I look intently at her face.
Her eyes tell a story.
Do you see it?
I would do anything to sit and listen to her share her life.

My heart breaks for this woman. 
I don't know why.

I believe she is hurting.

Does she know Jesus?
Has anyone ever told her of His unfailing love?
That He sent His Son to

Does she know this?

Does she know she can live forever in eternity with Him
if she would just believe?

"For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16 

Has anyone ever told her about Jesus?

I feel it is my job.
I need to go back.
I need to tell her about my Jesus.

If I don't, who will?

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest
to send out laborers into his harvest."
Luke 10:2