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Read John 6:1

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:3

So often, I hear people say, “God doesn’t perform miracles. That was only for Bible times.” As you read the passage in John that tells about Jesus feeding the 5000, ask if you think that could happen today? Do you think Daniel’s story above is true?

Well, as a matter of fact it is. On one of my trips to Russia, our team went to an orphanage that was so poor they were living on bread and water. The children were so small. And just like in Daniel’s story, we pooled our money together and God tripled what we had in order to feed those children.

I have been to Russia on four mission’s trips and have seen God perform miracles each time. Another time we had toys, medicine, and Bibles to give away because we were leaving the next day. My husband and I had to cross the road to get away from someone trying to stop us from telling people about Jesus. As we got to the curb there was a man getting out of his car. He looked at me and said, “You have to be a Hightower!” After finding out he knew my dad and that he was a missionary pastor in Russia, we asked him what he was doing there. His church needed Bibles and medicine.

They had just opened an orphanage the week before. He said their church had been fasting and praying for seven days around the clock asking God to meet this need.

We were able to meet that need.

They had Bibles for the first time since opening their church. Before, only the pastor had one and they would sit and write out passages and share them with each other. They had medicine for their orphanage and they even had toys for the children to play with. Yes, it has been a long time since Jesus fed 5000 men, but He really is the same today as He was then and cares for people all over the world. He wants to use us to feed others. What I learned that day is, it doesn’t matter how much money we have, God can take what we do have and multiply it to feed an orphanage or a nation.


If you can, find a missionary and send them money to use to help others. Another idea is to pick a foreign country and pray for them. After doing either of these, plan a fun night at home cooking a meal together. You can find recipes on the internet from the region you prayed for and make a traditional meal from that country. Example – if you picked Russia, you might make Borscht soup. If you really want to be realistic, make sure you make it with the fish head floating in it! (Enjoy!)

Devotion Written By

<a href="" target="_self">Ruth ONeil</a>

Ruth ONeil

I have been a freelance writer for more than 20 years, publishing hundreds of articles in dozens of publications as well as a few books. I enjoy helping others of all ages make their publishing dreams come true. I was born and raised in upstate New York and attended Houghton College. When I’m not writing or homeschooling, I spend my spare time quilting, reading, scrapbooking, camping and hiking with the family.

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