All the blurred flurry of a month’s preparation–collecting and making donations, advertising, organizing, coordinating, setting up tables, making signs, and launching, funneled to a fixed point in time.
We circled round the register at the end of the day, counted the change, and punched the final totals into the calculator.
I think we all held our breath just a little.
Shocked silence gave way to woops and happy tears and hugs all around. A paroxysm of joy.
We had raised **$1,143.38** for a church in Cuba to put down a deposit on a meeting place.
The diverse gifts of our body were at work. Besides those of us who personally ran the sale, so many more gave financially, donated car-loads of items, shared our posts online, and passed the word around. Our church prayed together. It was a united effort.
And our little church in Conroe, TX with limited financial resources and a rented building, raised over a THOUSAND dollars for a church we are connected to through our church association.
Sounds of “Did you hear?,” “Did you hear?” flitted around the sanctuary come Sunday Service, the joy of the good news spreading around the room like candles lighting more candles.
“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”
1 Corinthians 12:26
All praise to our Triune God.