“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish,
but how far will they go among so many?”
My wife is out of town on one of her regular overnight visits to our daughter and 18 month old son. Sometimes I go but this time I had to stay home. As I ate my supper alone I leafed through a booklet sent by a European humanitarian mission that I serve as a Canadian board member.
Various projects were written about, complete with fascinating photos of needy people being helped through the mission. One article said that if I sent $20.00 I could buy a new pair of shoes for a shoeless child to wear in the winter.
Today at the diabetic clinic I was told by the doctor that I needed new shoes worth over 10 times the cost of a pair for a child in Russia. He told me I needed orthotics as well and that would skyrocket the cost. I never doubted I would find a way to afford the medical supplies and stave off the progress of the diabetes.
Then I flipped the page and saw that I could buy a box of food to feed a family for a month and it would only cost me $30.00. Coming home from the clinic I stopped to buy a few groceries for my wife and myself and spent over $90.00 without thinking about the expense. I usually spend more than that for one week’s food for the two of us.