One Sardine and One Crouton
Congregation members share encouragement at a local gas station.
By Carmen Means
Mark 6 tells the miraculous story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with two fish and five loaves. The five thousand who were counted did not include the women and children who also ate and were satisfied. After this great feast 12 baskets of food were left over. Whenever Jesus is present, miracles happen. Even today!
The Movement church story is similar to the feeding of the five thousand. My husband and I watched people in our city wander like sheep without a shepherd. Like Christ we were moved with compassion, longing to see his people fed with the good news of the kingdom.
We clearly felt the call from God to do something. Nevertheless nothing can be done without resources. If our resources were compared to fish and loaves it would be the equivalent of having one sardine and one crouton.
What we lacked in resources we gained in faith. It became clear to us that our faith would have to carry us where our resources were limited. So the little that we had, we gave to God. Guess what happened? He blessed it!
When we step out on the promises of God, God then blows our minds with doing the unimaginable. The Bible declares in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” (NIV). Our job is to be available and obedient to his commands so the power of God can work through us. It is only then that he does beyond what we can ask or think.
Our first Sunday morning service captivated an attendance of 150. Within six months we outgrew our worship space and moved to a larger facility. We now average 450 parishioners a Sunday and will be adding a second service this spring. We have learned that faith is often spelled “r-i-s-k.” What we see as one sardine and one crouton, God sees as plenty for the multitude.