When Hungry Orphans Pray for Food, They Get Steak!
I met Beth recently at a Barnabas Group event. She told a story about how God miraculously showed up in a ministry to orphans in Mexico. The story blew my mind. I think it will blow your mind too.
Recently, one of the orphanages where Beth and Todd had been serving had run out of cash. When a home runs out of cash, they run out of any means they have to purchase food items that the children need.
It would only be much later that Beth would learn that the director of this children’s home, Edgar, did not call them to tell them of the situation out of fear that he and the children of the home were placing Todd and Beth in a higher position where only Jesus lives. As Beth recalls the story, she tells of how they have emergency rations for situations like this where she would have rushed over and provided items like beans, rice, eggs, oil, and tortillas. However, Edgar had relied so heavily on the Back2Back missions to provide sustenance for his home that he felt their faith was being put into the hands of people, rather than the hands of Jesus, who is the Provider.
However, Edgar had relied so heavily on the Back2Back missions to provide sustenance for his home that he felt their faith was being put into the hands of people, rather than the hands of Jesus, who is the Provider.
A few months before this incident, Beth had met a gentleman who she discovered often traveled to the city in which she and Todd were living, and he was interested in getting together with her the next time he was in town. Beth was thrilled at the prospect of introducing this man to the children’s homes, but several days later she had misplaced his business card and didn’t really remember much about the man. All she remembered seeing was that he worked for a meat company.
A few months later, unbeknownst to Beth, Edgar’s home had run out of food that day right after brunch. After they finished eating, Edgar went immediately into prayer, and at dinner time, he gathered up his charges and asked them to sit around the table and pray. They all thought it was a bit strange, but because they were hungry, they sat and began to pray. Edgar had faith that God was going to provide their dinner for the evening.
A few minutes into that prayer, a young 4-year-old child spoke up, calling to his “tio,” and asked if they were praying that God would provide dinner. Edgar replied yes, they were praying that God would provide dinner and that He loved them and would provide for them. And they all went back to praying.
Completely unsatisfied with the short answer, the little boy interrupted again to ask Edgar what kind of dinner he thought God was going to bring them. Edgar, always looking for a teachable moment, replied that he didn’t know what type of dinner God would bring them, but the Bible tells them that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. A little more pacified, they all went back to praying.
A few moments later, the little boy interrupted again, “Tio, Tio, Tio! I think if it’s God, he brings us some meat.” And Edgar encouragingly said that it very well could be meat. And they went back to praying again.
A few moments later, the little boy interrupted again, “Tio, Tio, Tio! I think if it’s God, he brings us some meat.”
A few minutes later, yet again, the little boy broke into the prayer time, as sitting quiet and still as a small 4-year-old is tough to do, and he asked Edgar, “What kind of meat do you think He’s going to bring us?” And before Edgar could reply, the little boy answered his own question and said, “I think if it’s God, He’s going to bring us steak!” And Edgar said, “Well, let’s pray for that steak!”
“What kind of meat do you think He’s going to bring us?” he asked. And before Edgar could reply, the little boy answered his own question and said, “I think if it’s God, He’s going to bring us steak!”
Unbeknownst to Beth and Todd that this exchange was happening, that same day Beth got a call from the man she had met several months earlier, and he told her he was in town for a convention. She was very excited and arranged for the meetings to give the gentleman a tour of the children’s homes they supported. Todd went down to the convention center first to speak with the man later that afternoon and was pleasantly surprised to find that the gentleman was attending a meat convention to attract more restaurants in the local area. The gentleman had a large donation available for the children’s homes as he had a ton of leftover meat and he chose to give it to Beth and Todd for the orphanages.
The gentleman had a large donation available for the children’s homes as he had a ton of leftover meat and he chose to give it to Beth and Todd for the orphanages.
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Todd called Beth and said that he knew they were going to all meet and have dinner, then go and see the homes, but there had been a change of plans. The gentleman had a large supply of product that he didn’t want to ship back, and they decided to travel to each of the homes to deliver it right then. He asked if Beth would please call all the homes and let them know they were bringing a donation.
Beth called Edgar’s home first because it was the closest, and when he answered she let him know she was calling to see if they were there and that Todd was driving over to bring a donation. Puzzled, he asked her if she knew by any chance what was being brought over. She replied that it was from a gentleman who was attending a meat convention, and she was asked to make sure they had room in their freezer, but that was all she knew.
This is the video I did with Beth. It’s not great quality, but her story is fantastic.
Remembering his conversation with his young charge, Edgar asked if she knew what type of meat was being delivered. Humbly, Beth admits she was thrown off-guard by the strange question and wondered why it mattered, but she happily agreed to find out anyway. She called Todd and when she asked him what kind of meat was being delivered, he replied it was the finest cuts of t-bone steak, New York strip, sirloin, and filet mignon.
…he replied it was the finest cuts of t-bone steak, New York strip, sirloin, and filet mignon.
Beth called Edgar back and told him the good news. Edgar was so excited, and at that moment he stopped and told her what had been going on at the house for about an hour. He then pulled the phone away from his mouth and she heard him call out to the kids, “Hey kids, God’s on His way over with your steak!”
He then pulled the phone away from his mouth and she heard him call out to the kids, “Hey kids, God’s on His way over with your steak!”