“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” – John 6:9
And you know the rest… Jesus multiplied the gift and it fed many with food to spare.
Yesterday many of you were provoked to give after hearing the story of my beautiful friends, the precious children from Nepal.
As I write this $5,473 of the $7,000 needed to completed Ivan’s adoption fund has come in, leaving us with $1,527 left to raise. With my $10 challenge, that only requires 153 people to give $10. Easy!
This morning as I checked my inbox, I was greeted by an update from my missionary friend in Nepal. I had shared the post yesterday with her, and asked her to read it to the children and let them know how grateful we are and how much they are loved. Here is a summary of the update she sent me this morning.
In the group of precious children, there is a 15 year old boy, who had been abandoned by his father and is in the temporary care of a missionary family while working to build a relationship with his mother, who is currently unable to care for him. Abandoned at 7, he has had a very rough life and has struggled with anger because of the pain in his heart. When he came to know Jesus, he worked very hard to learn verses about anger and began asking God to take away his anger. He is now known among his friends as “the smiley one” and is the first to cry at sad movies. The missionary reports that in the past year “he has grown about a head taller and has grown so much spiritually!”
This morning as he was getting ready for school, he said to the missionary, “Auntie, you know that boy who needs to be adopted? I want to give him my 1000 rupees.” That is the equivalent of $15 and this young boy works very hard in order to earn that much in two months. When he was ten, he went on a trip to a children’s home because he and the other children had bought things to give the children in the home. He was So tiny for his age at the time, but he taught the others saying, “Everything we have is a gift from God. If we squeeze it and hold on to it, then we are like its slave. If we hold our hands out open to God and tell Him ‘Do whatever you want with this God!’ then we will be free!”
This money that he is now giving to “Ivan’s” adoption, he had been saving for clothes, shoes, etc., on top of the money he had already given every month to the giving envelope.
What are we holding on to this morning? Are we squeezing so hard that we have become slaves to the very things that the Lord wants to use to help us find freedom.