In Matthew 14, Jesus is surrounded by at least 5000 hungry people. The disciples see the masses and tell Jesus to send them away, because the number is to overwhelming to do provide food. Today, we live in a world that has poverty in all parts of the world. Very often, we look at the statistics and the great need and decide instead of doing something (even though it may be a drop in the bucket); we do nothing! Jesus responds to the disciples in Matthew 14:14, “Bring them here to me.” Jesus didn’t tell them to get more, just to offer to Him all they had. In obedience, they brought all they had, even though it was not near adequate enough to feed all the people. What they learned was Jesus was more than adequate. In fact, He took the little and made it excessive with the leftovers being collected after all had eaten their fill.
Jesus didn’t ask them to have all the provision, just to bring in faith to Him what they had. In the next 11 weeks, FSM (Fellowship Student Ministries) is being called to do the same. We are are joining Pitza 42 in an effort to provide 100,000 meals for starving children around the world. The poverty level among children is astronomical & overwhelming. When I look at our students, most who do not have jobs of their own, I wonder how we can do anything to help. However, we are not called to fix it, we are called to bring what we have to the Lord and trust Him! What we are not doing is letting what we cannot do for everyone, stop us from doing all we can for some!
In the next 11 weeks, FSM has a goal of raising $1200, which provides 5000 meals. We have already collected $200 towards 5000 starving children around the world getting a nutritious meal, but it begs the question, “is it doable?” If it is, we need the around 90-100 students that grace our doors weekly to each bring at least $1 with them each week. That is $11 per person to hit our goal! We can do this! We need to do this! The Lord has brought people from our own Fellowship body to pursue providing 100,000 meals…and we get to be part of it!
My hope for these 11 weeks is that God will move in our student’s hearts and not just provide enough, but to move them to be excessive in their giving. How wonderful would it be to see our students not just see a task at hand to achieve, but be impacted by giving generously to the work God has placed in front of them!
This just in: we have a secret match. I had someone contact me and told me they desired to do a match of sorts! If FSM makes it to $1400, (instead of $1200,), this person has pledged to add another $1000, thus feeding a total of 10,000 kids!! Wow! God’s provision has already begun!