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God used ravens to provide food … and He can use YOU



  • October 13, 2021
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Food.

It’s the biggest need our partners around the globe continue to see — especially since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the pandemic isn’t the only reason families in need are on the verge of starving to death. Hurricanes, droughts, crumbling economies, and even the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan have all sent people scrambling to find food.

These families were already struggling to survive before the global hunger crisis. Now, it’s even harder for them to make ends meet.

That’s why they need your help today. For just $14, you can provide emergency food and other essentials for one person in need.

World Food Day is Oct. 16. It’s a time to recognize and act on behalf of people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Remember in the Bible how God always seemed to provide for His people when they were hungry? He sent bread that looked like snow, told ravens to carry food in their beaks, and multiplied a young boy’s lunch.

Today, as in Bible times, there are many people around the world who are facing hunger. Malnourished children in places like Guatemala and Uganda can’t grow and develop without proper nutrition. And displaced families in Afghanistan who are hiding from the Taliban can’t survive for much longer without access to food and water. 

Maybe you feel inadequate to help with such a critical need. But before you decide there’s nothing you can do, consider this — God provided food for His people through these unexpected means. And He can do it with YOU, too.

Manna from heaven

The Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’” – Exodus 16:11-12, NIV

While the Israelites wandered through the desert, they worried they wouldn’t have enough to eat like they did when they were slaves in Egypt. Even though God had given them freedom, they still didn’t know how He’d provide food for them out in the middle of nowhere.

But, as usual, the Lord always comes through. The children of Israel awoke each morning to find manna on the dewy ground. Even during their own hunger crisis, God continued to take care of them.

Food from ravens

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” — 1 Kings 17:2-4, NIV

Elijah was in a dangerous situation when wicked Ahab became king. So, God protected His servant by having him run away. At risk out in the middle of the wilderness, Elijah’s needs were still met. God used unlikely helpers — birds — in order to feed Elijah.

God’s people are never alone. He often uses individuals around them to help meet their immediate needs, even when their situation is dire.

A meal for 5,000 from a boy’s lunch

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”  He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”  – John 6:5-9, NIV

In this passage, we read how Jesus used one boy’s generosity to feed thousands. The boy didn’t have much to give, but he offered it willingly. He didn’t get overwhelmed by the numbers he saw; he simply handed over his loaves and fish — and God did the rest.

That little bit of food was multiplied over and over again … until it was enough to feed 5,000 people with 12 baskets left over!

You can make an incredible impact with your gift, too.

Every $14 you give will provide one person with aid like emergency food, clean water, medicine, and other lifesaving supplies.

Today, you may be saying to yourself, “I don’t have much to give. How can I possibly make a difference for someone in need?”

Just $14. That’s all it takes to provide physical help and spiritual hope for one person struggling to survive. From sending Bibles to persecuted believers in North Korea to providing food for disaster victims in Central America to rushing medical equipment to an overwhelmed hospital in India, your gift will be a lifeline.

So please give today to help people who need it most!

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