When the war broke out in Yugoslavia in 1992, some Christians in Ulm were thinking about how to help people there. In 1993, they began to send first aid transports to the Balkans. Under extremely difficult conditions aid was brought to Bosnia during the course of the war. This was initially done in collaboration with other relief and missionary organizations. Hundreds of transports with clothing, food, hygiene articles and medicines have gone to Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Monte Negro, Romania and Armenia.
The distribution of relief supplies has always been carried out in cooperation with local Christian communities. Parallel to aid transports, the Gospel was also spread in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. This was done mainly through literary and radio work.
In the autumn of 2000, the group of volunteers had grown to 40 persons and founded their own missionary and charitable organization based in Ulm, under the name “Brot des Lebens e. V.”(Bread of Life). This name is to express that we want to bring people bread to eat and the bread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). We would like to underline the previous statement which Jesus Christ himself has made, with every relief operation and every project.