Mashed Potatoes & Miracles : Summer DTS Outreach

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I went to North Africa on my Discipleship Training School outreach. While there, we stayed with our hosts in one-room mud huts in the middle of the desert.

 

One night my roommate and I wanted to honor our hosts by making them dinner. Since there were only about 4 or 5 people (including us), we got 8 potatoes and half of a chicken, which we knew would be plenty. While we were preparing dinner, we were talking about the time in the Bible when Jesus multiplied the food to feed 5,000. We were talking about how amazing it must have been; we wondered if the disciples noticed that the food was multiplying, or if they were somehow oblivious to it.

 

As we were cooking, a couple of men came into the house…then a couple more…and still more, until there were 13 people in the home. We discretely asked our hosts what the men were doing, and they told us the men wanted an American dinner. We kept our cool, but on the inside we were panicking a little, since we had no idea how 8 potatoes and half of a chicken were going to feed that many people (many of whom were grown men!). My roommate and I quietly prayed that the Lord would multiply the food - we even prayed that there would be leftovers. We knew this meal was no longer in our hands and we trusted God to work with the little we had.

 

We continued preparing the meal, and when we had finished cutting the potatoes, there was a relatively small amount - just enough to fit into a small bowl. We put them in a pot of boiling water, prayed a little prayer, and moved on to preparing the chicken. Our host wanted to help us, so when the potatoes were done boiling she began to take them out of the pot. Soon she had retrieved the same amount of potatoes we put in the pot, but she kept going - she kept pulling potatoes out of the pot until we had enough to fill a huge bowl! We asked her if she had added more potatoes, but she said she hadn’t. My roommate and I were stunned!

 

After we had mashed the potatoes, we needed to add milk, so we grabbed the carton of milk and used all but a cup of it. We would have used more, but they wanted us to leave some, since it was the last of their milk. We honored their request and put the remaining milk away, but the potatoes weren’t the right consistency. So we asked if it would be ok to use the last of it and buy more milk the next day. They agreed to it, so I reached for the milk that I had just put away, and realized it was full - all the way to the top. It was as if it had never been opened! My roommate and I were freaking out on the inside.

 

God answered our prayers. He turned a few potatoes and half of a chicken, only meant to feed 6 people, into enough to feed twice that many! God is so good."

 

Thank you for praying with and for this team - God hears us when we call out to Him!

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YWAM Orlando Alumni

 

"I went to North Africa on my Discipleship Training School outreach. While there, we stayed with our hosts in one-room mud huts in the middle of the desert.

One night my roommate and I wanted to honor our hosts by making them dinner. Since there were only about 4 or 5 people (including us), we got 8 potatoes and half of a chicken, which we knew would be plenty. While we were preparing dinner, we were talking about the time in the Bible when Jesus multiplied the food to feed 5,000. We were talking about how amazing it must have been; we wondered if the disciples noticed that the food was multiplying, or if they were somehow oblivious to it.

As we were cooking, a couple of men came into the house…then a couple more…and still more, until there were 13 people in the home. We discretely asked our hosts what the men were doing, and they told us the men wanted an American dinner. We kept our cool, but on the inside we were panicking a little, since we had no idea how 8 potatoes and half of a chicken were going to feed that many people (many of whom were grown men!). My roommate and I quietly prayed that the Lord would multiply the food - we even prayed that there would be leftovers. We knew this meal was no longer in our hands and we trusted God to work with the little we had.

We continued preparing the meal, and when we had finished cutting the potatoes, there was a relatively small amount - just enough to fit into a small bowl. We put them in a pot of boiling water, prayed a little prayer, and moved on to preparing the chicken. Our host wanted to help us, so when the potatoes were done boiling she began to take them out of the pot. Soon she had retrieved the same amount of potatoes we put in the pot, but she kept going - she kept pulling potatoes out of the pot until we had enough to fill a huge bowl! We asked her if she had added more potatoes, but she said she hadn’t. My roommate and I were stunned!

After we had mashed the potatoes, we needed to add milk, so we grabbed the carton of milk and used all but a cup of it. We would have used more, but they wanted us to leave some, since it was the last of their milk. We honored their request and put the remaining milk away, but the potatoes weren’t the right consistency. So we asked if it would be ok to use the last of it and buy more milk the next day. They agreed to it, so I reached for the milk that I had just put away, and realized it was full - all the way to the top. It was as if it had never been opened! My roommate and I were freaking out on the inside.

God answered our prayers. He turned a few potatoes and half of a chicken, only meant to feed 6 people, into enough to feed twice that many! God is so good."

Thank you for praying with and for this team - God hears us when we call out to Him!

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