You’ve heard about Jesus multiplying the 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed the multitude? Well today at Holy Trinity, Jesus multiplied 5 girls and 2 boys into 22 children who feasted upon God’s love for them!
It happened like this: our Diocesan Sr. High Mission Week is focusing on missional work around the diocese. Today the youth were visiting Holy Trinity to offer a one-day Vacation Bible School for the children of our neighborhood. The only problem was finding some children in the 4-12 age range for the high school kids to work with!
Last Thursday I went around putting leaflets on doors, but I only had time to cover 6 blocks. I came back on Monday afternoon to cover a few more blocks, but one never knows how many people those leaflets will reach. . .
Tuesday morning came along, and one girl came a bit early, then three more girls with their grandmother. Just as the Senior High youth arrived (delayed by road closings), two boys arrived with their mother. So now we had 10 youth, 7 adults, and only 7, really nervous kids to teach. Oh, and did I mention that I had only met 1 of the kids before today?
So that’s when the miracle started. We welcomed the kids we had, started telling them about Jesus and his love for them, shared some food and some stories, played some games. Somewhere along the way, more kids started arriving, and then some more (the noontime arrival of a Bonny Doon truck, driven by Adam Craroll, one of our parishioners, might have helped!). By the end, we had 22 children, plus several parents, gathered to hear about the love of God.
Hope is indeed a growing thing!