The Miracle of multiplication: Feeding the 10,000

by Deb Fox | Wycliffe Today – October 2018 (PDF) | ABOVE PHOTO BY MARC EWELL


Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. Luke 9:16-17 (NIV)


Excitement was building. The translations had been completed and the team was ready to print copies of the New Testament in the Rampi, Bada and Sedoa languages in Central Sulawesi. But there was a problem—how would they get the funding needed to print and transport the New Testaments before the dedication service?

Marnix and the Kartidaya team prayed about what to do. It was soon decided that the money needed to be raised within Indonesia. They would have to trust that the Lord would provide.

After considering how Jesus and his disciples were able to feed the 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish, an idea was birthed. God miraculously multiplied the small amount one child donated to the cause; what if local Indonesian children could be a part of God’s mission by helping raise the money required? Bible translation could then become part of the children’s understanding of mission from an early age. There were 10,000 print copies needed for the three languages, so the concept of ‘Feeding the 10,000’ was devised.

When they heard of this project, children from local church groups and Christian schools began raising money from their local communities, and many happily sacrificed their own pocket money. In less than six months, more than 60 per cent of the funding had come from children.




After nine months, 84 per cent had been collected. The rest was left to the Lord. Finally, the remaining funds were donated by a few churches and individuals. One month later, the finance team worked out how much it would cost to cover government taxes, printing and distribution to the villages. The money raised was EXACTLY what they needed to provide 10,000 copies of the New Testaments – down to the very last rupiah.

‘This is the miracle the Lord provided for us to see,’ Marnix shares joyfully. While Kartidaya is grateful for the blessing of finances, prayer, resources and training received from international supporters, the ‘Feeding the 10,000’ project has revealed how powerful local partnership can be.

By establishing strong connections, creating awareness and raising funds at a local level, Indonesian believers have been encouraged to get excited about the role they can play in God’s mission.


Marnix Riupassa, Director of Kartidaya (Wycliffe Global Alliance organisation in Indonesia) shares the story in this video.


Original story by Becca Coon is taken from Feeding the 10,000.



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