“After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.”
As you can see, that’s quite a lengthy piece of scripture for you today! Wanted to share this story of Jesus feeding the multitude with you and share a story from Rwanda that emphasizes the main point of this Word even more!
Every year, before going to serve in Rwanda, there is months and months of hard work fundraising and gaining support to afford the cost to go, living while we’re there and what is so cool about the support we gain, it’s usually an amount that is more than enough for getting there. Both times I’ve been able to go, there has always been more than enough support for the team and personally. So with the extra blessings, the team has been able to take your support and give directly to needs that the families, school and RCRI has there. The past two trips I’ve sent out personal letters to family and friends close to me, reaching out for their prayers and support for this mission. Also, both trips, from persona letter support and fundraising, myself along with the team has more than what we need as far as living expenses go.
I felt super weird at first asking people for money, I mean who wouldn’t. That’s kind of a weird thing. But after two trips and seeing how God has worked through so many faithful people to give towards this mission, I have learned that it’s not weird at all. It’s Daggum AWESOME!!! The most humbling feeling in the world is receiving letters filled with prayer and encouragement with also financial backing to be used for the people we are serving and God’s glory!
Like I’ve mentioned in recent posts, the need for these families and children in Rwanda is much more than words can describe. As I’ve found myself many times asking the same question Jesus asked to Phillip, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?”
The need of the people is obvious so like Phillip, I want to look at the situation and think why even try, it’d take years to make enough money to actually help these people, what could I even do?
The thing is about Jesus asking this question, He was testing Phillip to see if he would trust in worldly, human ways to meet the needs of the people, or if He would trust in Jesus, the Messiah, the only One who can provide for the needs we all have.
I looked at this situation, so many times as impossible, written letters and worked fundraisers seeing no chance to really help the need we would soon face. But in this story we can see Jesus teaching us a huge lesson, you ready, don’t miss it!! Jesus was powerful enough to feed all of these people on His own, but He didn’t. He gave the disciples the chance to be apart of this awesome miracle that He was going to preform. The disciples and ourselves don’t have the power, the resources or anything to fulfill the needs of hungry people. And to think Jesus doesn’t even need us? But the cool part is He chooses us and uses us, He gives us the chance to be apart of His mission in so many different ways. For us to feel and live in the awesomeness of His provision and love.
On these trips, I could tell you a thousand stories of how support given by you and so many others has brought enormous blessings to meet the needs of the people in Rwanda. But there is just one I will share with you.
This past trip, the second one, I received support from my personal letters sent out and with our fundraising going well, I didn’t have to use any of my personal support on my plane tickets, living or nothing. And to make it even better, God worked in huge ways through those letters and peoples giving so I had a very large amount of money I carried with me to go directly to the needs that needed to be met at the school and with families. My head was on a swivel looking around, waiting for the chance to meet a need and use this money given to me for God’s glory, for God’s glory.
Early in the morning before we started our work day at the school, we stopped at a local shop to pick up food for the students at the school (your support being used once again). There was a guy selling books of many different kinds so I went to see what he had. I noticed after talking to him for a minute that he had Bibles printed in the “Kinyarwandan” language. Some thoughts started popping up in my head, buy the Bible’s. But my fear and doubt was battling back. I eventually built up the courage to ask, how much for the Bible’s. After he gave me an outrageous price and asking Kenny for help bargaining, while also making sure with him that these Bible’s would be of good use to the people there. I didn’t want to take this money lightly as so many people gave with such Godly intentions. We asked if he had anymore? He told us to hold on as he went and brought back a box of 30 or so Bible’s!
I didn’t know what to do. We were in a hurry to get to the school and I was doubting myself. Thankfully, God stepped in and we bought all the Bible’s he had and got a wholesale deal thanks to my negotiator Kenny!
So we pull up at the school and I’m praying, “Lord please help me decide who to give Bible’s to?” All the men on the construction crew we’d worked with all week had been asking about Bible’s, so they all got one. We went back through the community and gave Bible’s to families who had been saved through former home visits, families who were in need and remember the guy with the shoes? We found him, looking awesome in those sweet yellow shoes, we gave one to him. With tears in his eyes and the biggest smile on his face, he hugged me and said thank you.
All of this happened pretty fast that morning and as we prayed for the people receiving Bible’s that it would be an encouragement to them, that they would find truth and power in God’s Word to meet their needs. It hit me how HUGE these Bible’s would be in each persons life. Homes of families and people who were too poor to own their own Bible would now have complete access to the life-changing, hope-giving, loving Words of God!!! Amazing how God worked that together and I pray once again for these people that these Bible’s are still being used for His glory and providing them a source of comfort in such hard times.
Throughout the rest of our trip, we continued to give people these Bible’s. Homes we visited and people in great need now received Bible’s for the first time in their lives! I had 2 Bible’s left on the last day as we stopped at a house of a woman and her son that we had spent the week re-mudding her home. We gave one to her and then prayed for her and her son. One Bible left and I had no idea who to give it to. A man came running up from outta of nowhere, I guess he had heard we were giving out Bible’s and he was sprinting as fast as he could go, yelling for a Bible to have as his own. Seeing the desperate need this man expressed for the Word of God is an example for us right there but after giving him the last one. He grabbed onto my hand, lifted the Bible towards the Heavens and began praying over me. No warning or nothing, out of pure love and thankfulness to God for the Bible He just received he prayed for me, our team and this Word. It was such a powerful moment and one I’ll never ever forget.
All that to say, I don’t tell you this story to show you what I did, because without your, love, prayers and giving towards our mission, I wouldn’t of had the money to buy these Bible’s or give them to people in need of God’s Word. It shows even more how Jesus doesn’t need us, but He chooses us and uses us. As Jesus provided the fish and bread for the people, He told the disciples to distribute His provision and love to the people. Christ worked through all those who have given to this mission, He has used you to give, to take the blessings He has given you and use them for His purposes. It doesn’t matter if you’re serving in the mission field, giving towards the mission or supporting a child across the world in need. God has given us a variety of ways to be apart of His glorious purpose and mission to take His bread of life and love to all those in need of It!!! Thank you for your prayers and support towards this mission! In different ways, in different places God in His mercy and grace used us to take His life-breathing Word to others! It doesn’t matter what it looks like or how you think it should look, just trust in Jesus, who He is and what He is capable of and sacrifice yourself, your money and your time to be used by Him!!!! That’s what He has called us to do and thank the Lord He allows us to be apart of His work!
I want you to know how important this mission is and how important and life changing your support can be! Water tanks for the school, giving them clean drinking water and bathroom use, shoes for the kids, food for the kids and families, toiletries among different items, mattresses for people who were sleeping on dirt floors, the list goes on and on at all God has used your support for. Just in case you were wondering how your support will be used, there you go! I’m extremely excited to share with you ways to support in this mission and truly be used by Christ to make a difference even if you are a world away! The websites are at the bottom for RCRI, info on the organization and how to sponsor a child! Also, stay tuned online to see more ways to give to the Rwanda mission team who will be going back to Rwanda this July! If you have any questions, contact me through the contact info I’ve posted, the God Gold of the Day Facebook page or message me through the blog!
And remember, even if it’s just a little amount of support, “stacking one brick may be the brick that builds villages.”