At the beginning of August I blogged that I may have a modern 2010 version of the feeding of the 5000 as told in John. Well this is that anticipated blog. I had signed up to help in any way needed at our VBS. Our young and very small church held vacation Bible school with the goal to minister to children living in the projects near the church. Our pastor's desire was to feed the children both breakfast and lunch along with snacks and then at the end of the week to send them all home with a backpack filled with school supplies. Of course this was in addition to the main purpose of telling them about Jesus through Bible lessons, music, games and crafts. I was assigned kitchen duty and given the responsibility to make sure we could serve breakfast, lunch and a snack to about 60 children. "Oh my goodness" was my first response and panic quickly set in. BUT GOD - the source, the answer to my puny faith was there to meet every need and amaze us all with how He supplied our every desire. It truly was a week that ministered to me along with many children. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding and to acknowledge Him and He would direct our path. He graciously did! We had food, water and juice in abundance and actually in excess. At the beginning of the VBS we did not know where or how we would supply backpacks only to have them given by another church who had more than they had needed. And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
John 6:5-145 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!" 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, 9 "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" 10 Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. Truly children's lives were touched during our VBS and I know for a fact that my faith was strengthened once again. Thank You Jesus!!