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Peter Eckman and Erika Olson

Busy Couple Put Faith Into Action through Monthly Giving

October 2009

Bread for the World members lead busy lives. One Minneapolis couple, Peter Eckman and Erika Olson, recently let us know how they juggle a bustling household with their desire to make a positive difference.

The two met in college, where both played in the band. Today, their chances to make music together are more limited. Peter works as a cardiologist at the University of Minnesota. Trained as a veterinarian, his wife, Erika, currently cares for their toddler son, Lucas, while preparing for the birth of their second child.

At this stage of their lives, the couple has precious little time to devote to a cause they care deeply about: sustenance for hungry and poor people. So several years ago, they decided to do their part in a new way—by joining Baker’s Dozen, Bread for the World’s monthly giving program.

The two say they are guided by Christ’s injunction that, “As you do for the least of these, you do for me.” In their travels abroad, Peter and Erika have witnessed just how simple and basic human needs can be.

“Supporting Bread for the World with a monthly gift helps us to meet the challenge Jesus gave us—and to walk in his footsteps,” Peter says.

Their monthly transfer adds up to a generous annual gift, without their having to write a check each month. The choice makes sense for their lifestyle.

“If it were up to me, I’m sure I’d forget,” Erika laughs.

The two feel confident that their partnership with Bread is a great fit. And they don’t hesitate to encourage others to put their faith into action by supporting Bread for the World, too. They find it helpful to point to Bread’s “Four-Star” Charity Navigator rating as evidence of careful stewardship of the funds entrusted by donors.

Supporting Bread for the World’s mission has proven to be a wonderful way for Peter and Erika to put their faith into action. “What we could hope to accomplish on our own just doesn’t compare,” Erika says simply.

Bread for the World is deeply grateful for the ongoing support Peter Eckman and Erika Olson provide through their monthly gifts.

Join the thousands of Bread for the World members who make pre-authorized monthly gifts through a credit card or electronic funds transfer (EFT). The money saved in processing and administrative costs equals the value of a 13th gift—a Baker’s Dozen! Best of all, members bring hope and opportunity to millions of hungry people in an ongoing way. For more information about the Baker’s Dozen monthly giving program, visit www.bread.org/bakersdozen or call toll-free, 1-800-822-7323, ext. 132.

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