Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Miracle Bread

As evening approached, the disciples came to Him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food."
Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."
"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.
"Bring them here to me," He said.

Do you believe in miracles? Miracles like Jesus performed?

I do.

Amy is performing miracles today.

She is baking bread.

As a result children on the other side of the world might avoid a life of jail, or prostitution or early death.

Our little church is preparing to send a small contingent of folks to Moldova, the poorest nation in Europe. Here people are so poor they abandon their own children... children are too costly.

The lucky ones end up in orphanages until they reach legal age. A handful of brave Texas Baptists have been loving on these little children by traveling to remote orphanages with things like socks and hats...and open hearts all of which provide badly needed warmth. It's a small thing to do but we pray it will help these children grow up healthy, with some self esteem and maybe education enough to find their way through the mire of poverty in their country and avoid all too well worn paths of evil.

We pray most of all they see they have never been God.

I can hear Amy grinding wheat. She uses a machine that sounds like a 747 so almost everyone in the neighborhood can hear it, but they don't know she's baking miracle bread.

The bread will feed our friends who will buy loaves knowing the money will go to our Moldova missionaries, two of whom are teenagers who could never be prepared for the heartbreak they are about to witness, nor the joy they will experience by doing the very work of Christ.

Wheat ground in our kitchen...bread baked in our oven...will help transport caring Christians around the globe to a remote place where children are disposable and life is cruel beyond your darkest dreams.

Warm bread turned into hugs and comfort.

Yes, Amy is performing miracles today.