Feeding the Multitude                                                                                                          by J. Warren

We are all familiar with the story of how Jesus fed 5,000 with a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread as told in Mathew 14:13-21. Are these sorts of miracles still possible? The bible tells us yes indeed they are.

Before Jesus ascended to the Father, he charged his disciples to “go forth and make disciples amongst all  nations”, and they did. Today you and I, and anyone who proclaims Jesus as his Lord and Savior, by that declaration, becomes his disciple. Jesus gave his disciples the ability to heal, forgive sins, and perform other miracles. So as a disciple, you have power beyond what you are aware of.

Don’t believe me? Our congregation is well known in the community for feeding those who need food, or simply social companionship during our Wednesday community meal program. [Hungry? Come on by for a free meal on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm.] We also do other mission work, in and around our community. One of the most important is the Oxford Orion “FISH” food pantry program.

Imagine the first FISH day: new shelving, eager workers, and empty shelves.

But slowly, day by day, this church sent donations. Other churches sent donations. Community organizations and businesses heard about FISH and sent donations. Like the true miracle it is, we began feeding multitudes. It has become one of the true miracles of discipleship – that followers of Christ are still feeding the multitude.

Recently, our congregation dropped off over 250 pounds of canned goods and produce, and 58 pounds of cleaning supplies. We can be proud of that. But we can do more.

This is a mission, and a miracle every one of us, from the youngest, to the oldest; from the most able, to the most feeble; from the newest to the family of Christ, to life long “grew up in the church” Christians can and should embrace, support, and love. A simple can of food = a miracle meal for someone that is struggling.

Every bit we donate to the Oxford Orion FISH remembers Jesus words “what so ever you do for the least of these, you do for me.”

Let us give thanks to our Father that we are able to help in some small way.

And remember, “go forth and make disciples amongst all nations” and invite someone new to church every month.