He rained down manna upon them to eat and gave them food from heaven. Man did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance.

One of my favorite pictures is a beautiful painting by Lorraine Gendron of Feed the Multitudes July 1994. She painted this picture shortly after the event that year and donated it to me. We have a huge print of this painting on display at Victory Fellowship. It is a beautiful impressionist style painting including different features of the event that year. You can see the food lines, the water baptism, the children playing and a flurry of other activities taking place (and of course the ominous storm clouds in the distance). The one thing that stands out in the picture are the angels. Angels flying overhead, angels seated at the the food tables, angels delivering watermelons. Its the angels with watermelons that always caught my eye. Why would the angels be bringing the watermelons? They weren’t bringing the chicken or the jambalaya or the hamburgers and hot dogs, no, they had the watermelons. Why watermelons?
You see I have a theory about those watermelons (I guess you knew that was coming), I think the melons were spiked. I think especially that year, 1994, they did something to those melons. Why would I think that? Because I know what happened that August. There was a strange angelic visitation in our church that lasted for years. There was an unexplainable, undeniable, unignorable (is that a word?) outpouring of the most contagious joy in our church that I think had something to do with those watermelons. People were experiencing life altering visitations of heavenly joy that was characterized by very unusual, drunken behavior. The side effect of these bouts of joy was changed lives. Many people gave their hearts to Christ, others were called into the ministry, others were sent to the nations. Worship leaders, Beyond the Grave, church plantings, all can be traced back to the after effects of those spiked melons. So here I am, years later, involved in another Feed the Multitudes, staring at the painting of those angels bringing the watermelons. I know the scriptures say that the children of Israel ate angel’s food when they ate the manna, I wonder if there was more to that story. Maybe, just maybe, it was that angel food that kept them alive in the wilderness for all those years. Could it be that they were influenced by that crazy food to make them think they could ever escape from Egypt in the first place. Maybe it was those melons that prepared us in New Orleans for the coming dark days of Katrina. I wonder if the angels did anything to the melons this year? If you partook of the melons I am not responsible for what happens, I say they are spiked.


  1. Missed out on the spiked Spirit melons this year but will definitely remember next year. Additionally.,melons have a lot of fiber !
    In His Light and Love, Curiousgeorge.

  2. Awesome word. I believe the provision always comes before the challenge. John 16:33 says, In this world you’ll have trouble, but be of good cheer, I’ve overcome the world. I agree we received the provision to handle Katrina 10 yrs before it came. Not only did God provide for our current trials in 1994 He provided for our future. Can you imagine going through Katrina without the Holy Spirit’s strength? I can’t.

  3. As I was serving waters from the tent across from the music stage I couldn’t help but start to sing and dance and just be filled with the spirit..It was an amazing thing to experience outside of church!!I began to start thinking what if there was an “alter call” and thought of you and the other pastors laying hands on people this was the beginning of the revival I’ve been praying for.a holy ghost outpouring among all these people that came onto our grounds.what a awesome vision!!I know his presence is felt inside the church but I wondered if anyone was feeling the joy I was.Maybe it was watching people walk away from the tent next to me with brand new shoes and clean feet,maybe those spiked watermelons to the left of me ,maybe the music that just rang through the air..yesterday was my first FTM and I’m so happy I was able to be part of it.

  4. My first year to partake in FTM was 2005. I remember I had no idea what to expect or what to do. I ended up helping with trash detail. I walked into that job and as God has done for thousands of years, He caught one of His children completely off guard.
    Not the most glamorous of positions. I really wanted to evangelize. I mean, really, after what God had done for me just months before – shouldn’t I be sharing my story, sharing my recently found ‘hidden treasure’. Of course being in management I knew the least position in any organization is just as important as the next. Any break in the chain will bring failure to the entire chain.
    As I walked around empting full trash containers, I saw people with free food, overloaded with bags of free groceries, free gifts and in the middle of a 4th of July picnic that someone else had sponsored. Someone had paid their admission price. They were surrounded by people, music and other wonderful comforts. With all of that going for them, I saw real pain and loneliness in many eyes; on many faces. (Mat 13:3) I was overcome with compassion.
    I scurried to remove their unwanted food containers, refill empty drink cups and had chance to sit and listen to a few people. (Don’t tell the pastors I was sitting down on the clock!) When the timing was right I shared my story, prayed and hugged them. I pointed as many as I could to the prayer tent. Just as Monica Miller stated yesterday, I also planned to do my two hours and then enjoy myself. I found out that day you can serve others and enjoy yourself at the same time. After picking up chairs and tables I stood on the cleared grounds of Victory Fellowship and thanked God for the opportunity to partake in this AWESOME event.
    WOW! How did this guy go from spiked watermelons delivered by angels to get here? Well here goes my wrap up. We are all angelic spiked watermelons. An angel is a messenger. In the painting Pastor describes angels carrying spiked watermelons. I am going with the melons being spiked with the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit is that person of God that works on, in and through His children. We are angelic spiked watermelons!
    We each carry a message for the afflicted, brokenhearted, captives and prisoners. We are filled with the Holy Spirit and by sharing the gospel (Roms 1:16), both in word and deed, we deliver that message. We do not know how God will use the least of our actions or words to reach out, touch and completely change a person’s life; i.e. there I was taking out people’s physical trash and God was taking out people’s spiritual trash.
    I got to do what I wanted to do after all! WAHOO! If I get this right, God gathered the lost and His children in one place, provided food for all to be satisfied and then some and entertainment, and behind all that a venue to accomplish His work. ONLY OUR FATHER could pull this off!

  5. Frank,
    It was good to read your light-hearted post. What I really enjoyed was your sense of humor. Keep more of that humor coming my brother. Good word!

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