Posted by: macahajo | October 29, 2012

Fish and Loaves

We Skyped with our Cameroon City Team Leader in early October. At the end of our time together, he prayed and asked God to “multiply people’s giving like the bread and loaves.”

I started thinking about the feeding of the 5,000.  In the sixth chapter of John, we read how there was a great crowd coming to Jesus so He asked Philip, one of his disciples, where they could buy bread to feed these people (though Jesus already knew the answer to this question). Phillip said that “Eight months wages wouldn’t buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”  But then another disciple, Andrew, said “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

After Andrew asked this question, the Scripture records that Jesus had the people sit down, He gave thanks for the food that the little boy gave, and then He fed the people – all 5,000 men plus women and children. They got as much as they wanted and they were satisfied!  John 6:12b-13 says that, “When they had all had enough to eat, He said to His disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’ So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.”

I love this story. Jesus used a little boy with a little food, to feed so many! The boy was willing to give his fish and bread to Jesus. And look what Jesus did with it! He multiplied the fish and the loaves to feed all of the people! Jesus took something small that a little boy gave, and He worked a miracle.

A few days after we talked to our City Team Leader, some friends who committed several months ago to pray for us and the ministry in Africa, wrote us a note, saying “We have been talking and praying about your family. We feel like God is calling us to give your family a specific financial gift right now. We don’t have a lot of money to promise each month, but we’d like to promise $10/month until this adoption is over. Once it is, we will increase our giving per month. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but our prayer is that God will use it in big ways and that He can even multiply it with other supporters.”

These friends that I am writing about, are in the process of adopting a child which is a huge expense. She is a stay-at-home mom which makes them a one-income family. And her husband is going back to school which is another expense. Yet they are not gripped by fear of the economy as so many people are these days. Their lives and the decisions they make reflect their strong relationship with the Lord, their focus on His Kingdom work and wanting to be a part of it. They have their hands open to the Lord because they know it all belongs to Him.   They are trusting in the Lord; for His care and His provision.

We thank the Lord for this couple. Our hearts were encouraged as we heard how they listened and obeyed God’s call for them to be a part of the ministry in Africa through praying and giving.

God uses what we have in amazing ways, even if we don’t think it’s a lot.  Though His plans will still be accomplished without us, He wants to use us. He wants to use our gifts, our talents, our resources, and our finances, for His glory.  Are we willing to give Him everything, like the boy who gave all of his food to Jesus?  If we give Jesus everything, can you imagine what He will do with it? That little boy probably never imagined what Jesus would do, with what he gave!

As we continue to prepare to serve in ministry overseas, please pray that God will continue to multiply what people give, like He did with the fish and loaves.


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