Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Day 17 - a couple more stories from 20 years ago
Then there is this testimony of multiplication...... The majority of the food for the team came with us on that bus. We ate lots of peanut butter and jelly. And a lot of canned food. On the final night in the town we prepared a meal for all of the people from the church who had hosted us in their homes and also all of the elders of the church. Many, many people turned up at the church for this meal. As a matter of fact, the people just kept coming down the road. It became very clear that we would not have enough food to feed everyone. We told all of the kids to wait to eat until given permission and then we prayed over the pots of food. We had several large cans of Spaghetti pasta "0's" that we had not intended to use that night, that were opened and heated. And the people ate. And the team ate. ALL of the people ate. And that pot of pasta was about 1/3 full at the end of the night. It was a multiplication miracle. I don't think I appreciated the scope of this miracle until after we were home from this trip. I know that this miracle happened because I held the spoon in that pot and scooped out plates of food for people. Yes, it was an amazing testimony of the provision of Jesus. And it was also an expression of Jesus' great love for these people. I later found out that this kind of multiplication of food happened often on these mission trips. It was certainly the first time I had ever seen and experienced this.
I was greatly blessed and changed by this trip so long ago. Thinking about this trip has made me remember that I have so much to be grateful for. And I am reminded that Jesus is faithful and He cares for and provides for His people.
Jesus, thank you so much for who you are. You are an amazing God who provides for all of our needs. You cover us with your love, you empower us with your faith and strength and you do miraculous things every day! Holy Spirit, thank you for prompting me to share these stories each day. What a great blessing it has been for me to remember your faithfulness and goodness to me. Again, bless the people in this town in Mexico and remind them of your love. Amen