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Give Your Gift: God Will Use It

The Story of Five Loaves of Bread and Two Fish
Text Version



boy with a lunch

On a beautiful spring day, a young boy, carrying his picnic lunch, was skipping along the soft grass along a dusty road. He saw many people gathering on a hill by the lake just up ahead, so, being curious, he took his small sack lunch and decided to join them. His mind was racing with questions as he darted in and out through the crowd, trying to make his way to the front so he could see just exactly what was happening. "What's going on? ... I wonder why there are so many people here... Is it a big party?" were some of the questions going through his mind.

He sucked in his breath and scrunched himself as small as possible to squeeze through the thick of the crowd. The boy nudged people to the left and right, and occasionally stumbled over someone's foot as he scrambled through the throng, but he finally made his way to the front where he discovered the reason for the huge gathering. A man named Jesus and some of his friends had arrived in a small fishing boat. The crowd of people was clamoring to get a good look at him.

Seeing the great multitude, Jesus and his friends decided to stay in the boat. Jesus stood up in the little boat and welcomed the people. He knew they had come to see him and he wasn't going to disappoint them. The people in the crowd were edging themselves closer and closer so they would to be able to hear what Jesus was saying. Minutes passed and even hours, but the people didn't grow tired of listening to Jesus. They had never heard anyone as interesting as this man. He had so many wonderful stories to tell, and they were hanging on to his every word.

Jesus teaching from the boat

As evening drew near, one of the disciples turned to Jesus and asked, "Shouldn't we send them away now? It is getting late, and none of them have eaten anything the entire day."

Much to his surprise, Jesus answered him, "No, do not send them away. You find food to feed them."

Looking around at the crowd that had continued to grow larger and larger, and hungrier and hungrier, the disciple was a little confused and bewildered. "But, Jesus!" he exclaimed, "There is no way we can feed this many people! It would take about EIGHT MONTHS to get enough food to satisfy this large crowd!"

As the disciples looked around the crowd wondering how they would ever be able to follow Jesus' wishes, one of the disciples saw the small boy with his lunch. The disciple knelt down and asked kindly, "Would you be willing to share your lunch?"

The boy jumped up and down in excitement and joyfully answered, "For Jesus, I will gladly give it all!"

Boy with Jesus Feeding the Crowd

The disciple took the sack to Jesus, and said, "I found a little boy who was willing to give us his lunch. It is small, but here it is."

Another disciple spoke up, "There is only five small loaves of bread and two tiny fish in there! How is that supposed to feed all these people?"

Jesus didn't take time to explain. He wanted each person to see for himself what was going to happen next. Jesus simply took the lunch; he broke the bread and fish into pieces, and he blessed it. Then he gave it to the disciples, and told them to feed the people. Even though they knew there wasn't going to be enough for everyone, they also knew it was better to obey Jesus than to try to argue with him.

They scattered themselves around the crowd and started passing out pieces of fish and pieces of bread. They walked and walked, stooping down to hand the food to the hungry people sitting on the hillside. They were so busy that they didn't even notice that their baskets were not getting empty. Finally when everyone had eaten enough to fill them up, and it started getting very late, the crowd started dwindling as people began to go back to their own homes.

Jesus told his disciples to pick up baskets and collect all the leftovers so that nothing would be wasted. The disciples were startled as they stared at the sight before their eyes. As they gathered the leftovers, there was a buzz of excitement. "How amazing it is that Jesus could take a small boy's lunch and fill all these HUNGRY people!" one exclaimed.

"Yeah, and I've already picked up a WHOLE BASKET of pieces over here!" another yelled back.

"My basket is almost full also!" said another with awe. When they finished, they took it all to Jesus and began to count. ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN, ELEVEN, TWELVE. TWELVE Baskets leftover!!!!! Wow! What a miracle Jesus had performed right there before their very eyes! Two little fish and five small loaves of bread had fed over FIVE THOUSAND people with plenty of food to spare!

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Eight-year-old Kelsey enjoyed helping others. She really wanted to do something that would make a difference. She wasn't very big and she wasn't very strong; so many people didn't think there was much she could do. Some tried to discourage her and told her she had good intentions, but she should just wait until she was a little bigger.

Kelsey didn't like that idea at all. She didn't want to wait until she was bigger. It wasn't that she was impatient; she just saw so much that needed to be done and she wanted to help. She saw people to feed and yards to clean. She saw needs nobody else seemed to notice. She saw sad people that she just wanted to make happy, but all her friends, family, and even teachers said that she was too small. It wasn't like she wanted to go around the world! She just wanted to help the people she saw everyday. Oh, but the thought did occur that if she had the chance to go around the world, she wouldn't even have to stop and think! She was out of there!

Little girl giving her offering

At church on Sunday, she heard a missionary speaking of all the needs in a country far away. Kelsey was sad as she heard him speak because she was sure there was nothing she could do. Then she heard the missionary say something that made her bolt upright and listen with joy. "If you give just one dollar in a month, you could feed TEN people in another country far away."

A big grin spread across Kelsey's face, as she understood just what she could do. "I CAN do that, and nobody can stop me!" Now her thoughts were not rebellious, just excited that she COULD finally do something and make a difference. Every month for many years Kelsey took her offering to church to help feed hungry people in a far away country. Plus, she always prayed for the people she was feeding halfway around the world. Kelsey was so happy and almost always had a smile on her face. She learned that she didn't have to be big to help others. Helping made her feel REALLY BIG in her heart.

Do you ever feel like the little girl in the story? Do ever feel like you want to help but aren't good enough or big enough? Well, Jesus wants you to know that it doesn't matter how big or how small; He wants to use all of you in an awesome way - not just when you're big, but right now! So why don't we pray and ask God to show you what He wants you to be doing for Him right now?

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THINK!

Why did the crowd gather on the hillside?
Why did the disciples want to send the people home?
What was in the little boy's lunch?
What did the disciple ask the little boy to do?
Did the little boy want to share his lunch?
How many people shared the little lunch?



REMEMBER!

You are never too young to offer your gift to God.



A VERSE TO LEARN

"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth in me shall never thirst" (John 6:35).


LET'S PRAY

Dog and boy praying

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Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving each
of us something that we can give back to You.
Help us to give cheerfully knowing that, no matter
how small our gift may seem, You can turn it into
a miracle. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?
John 6:1-15 and Luke 9:11-17


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crayons

Color, Cut, and Scramble Page 1
Color, Cut, and Scramble Page 2
Online Coloring Page
Print Out Coloring Page
Feeding the 5000
5 Loaves 2 Fishes Coloring Page
Miracles of Jesus (Bible Colour and Learn)
Bible Story Cards Coloring Book - New Testament
Bible Story Coloring Pages (Reproducible)
Children's Coloring Books
My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)
Smart Coloring Books


activities

"Give Your Gift: God Will Use It" Crossword Puzzle
"Give Your Gift: God Will Use It" Word Search
Feeding the 5000 (Acrobat Reader Required)
Jesus Feeds the Multitude - Fill in the Blanks
How Jesus Fed Five Thousand
Jesus Feeds 5000 (10-Pack) (Pencil Fun Book)
Jesus Miracles & Messages (5-Minute Sunday School Activities)
Miracles and Parables of Jesus: Find Picture Puzzle
Best Book of Bible Activities
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
Amazing Bible Mazes
Memory Verse Games for Kids (Take Me Through the Bible Series)
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles (Reproducible)
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1 (Gospel Light Big Books)
More Bible Time with Kids
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Games
Sticker Books
Bible Word Search


crafts

Basket Crafts
Five Minute Sunday School Activities: Jesus' Miracles and Messages
Make Your Own Bible Game
Puppet Crafts For Kids
Craft Ideas For Any Story
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Grades 1 & 2)
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 6-8)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God With...Craft Series
Praise God with a Paper Plate (PreK-Grade 2)
Children's Crafts & Hobbies



singing birds

Action Bible Songs (Cedarmont Kids)
Matthew Songs for Young Singers
Little is Much When God is in It (Words & Music Online)
One Basket (The Donut Man)
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs (Veggie Tales)
The BIBLE: Let's Sing About the Book We Love!
Bible Songs
Sunday School Songs
Children's Music



child reading a book

A Boy and His Lunch (Bible Pop-Up Pals)
A Meal for Many (Arch Books)
365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

The Miracle of 2 Fishes and 5 Loaves of Bread
El Niño con los Panes y los Peces
Five Loaves and a Couple of Fish: A Story of Faith and Giving (Little Buds)
Let's Talk About Bread
Bread From Heaven
The Amazing Multiplying Meal
Miracles Jesus (Greatest Adventures of the Bible)
Rumble, Rumble: Mark 6:23-44 (Jesus Feeds the Crowd) (Hear Me Read)
Feeding the 5000
What's for Lunch? (Arch Books)
Stories of Jesus
The Miracles of Jesus
The Miracles of Jesus (Baby Blessings)
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Baby's First Bible
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Early Reader's Bible
Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
Little Hands Story Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschoolers Bible
Toddlers Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)



Watch a video

Bible Comes Alive Series CD Album 5 (Your Story Hour)
Life and Miracles: Jesus Series Read and Share DVD Bible
Miracles of Jesus (Bible Animated Classics)
Miracles of Jesus (Greatest Heroes & Legends)
Thankfulness & Gentleness Vol.4 - DVD (Character Builders)
The Miracles of Jesus (Greatest Adventures)
Miracles of Jesus / The Last Supper
What's in the Bible DVD 10: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
Read and Share Ultimate Bible Storybook with 2 DVDs
Children's DVDs
Miracles of Jesus (Nest Family)
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
The Jesus Film (watch online)
The Story of Jesus: I Am the Resurrection and the Life
Children's DVDs



Resources for Parents and Teachers

Feeding the 5,000 - Lesson Ideas
Jesus Fed the 5,000
Unleavened Bread With Tuna - Snack Idea
All the Miracles of the Bible
Bible Story Coloring Pages (Reproducible)
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Jesus Miracles & Messages (5 Minute SS Activities)
801 Questions Kids Ask About God (Focus on the Family)
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Church Resources
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Flannel Graph Story Sets to Purchase
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me (Instant Bible Lessons)
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher (Focus on the Family)
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids (Kay Arthur)
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Resources for Teachers
Seven Laws of the Learner (Bruce Wilkinson)
Spanish Resources
Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh Ideas
Sunday school resources
Talking to God (Instant Bible Lessons)
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching children
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives (by Howard Hendrickss)
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
(by Elmer Towns)



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