“But He said to His disciples, ‘Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.’ The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 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 9:14-17


This may be one of the most famous miracles that Jesus ever performed. The amazing thing is that this was a miracle performed in front of 5000 people (at least that is the number of ‘men’ indicated). Since it was only counting men, there would have likely been thousands more women and children. So when Jesus performed the miracle of multiplying only a small amount of food to feed so many people, it was a great feat of multiplication. But this was not only a feat of multiplying bread and fish. When Jesus performed this miracle in front of so many people He increased the spread of His own reputation by thousands.

This is the way that multiplication works. When we serve people and help fulfill practical needs in their lives (like feeding them when they are hungry) then our gift and service makes an impact on that person. But the effect is multiplied because that person will then tell of their experience and pass the blessing on to others.


  • Praise God for who He is
  • Confess your sinfulness and need for cleansing
  • Allow His Spirit to draw you near
  • Listen as He speaks to you



  • Pray that God continues to multiply His kingdom
  • Pray that God helps us to be His instruments for multiplication



  • Thank God for hearing you
  • Trust that God is at work to accomplish His will



What’s happening around us?

Lutherwood provides a wide range of mental health, employment development, housing, and family support services. Lutherwood annually serves more than 18,500 people in Waterloo Region and Wellington County. There are many volunteer opportunities in each of their services: volunteer with the youth in the Mental Health Services by assisting in classes, mentoring or tutoring; provide support in Employment Services, helping people find and maintain jobs; or, assist in recreation activities in Seniors’ Services.