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Friday, January 20, 2006

57 Cents - a Story Received via Email

Does anybody know if this story is true?

A little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was too crowded. "I can't go to Sunday School," she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by. Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the pastor guessed the reason and, taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday school class. The child was so happy that they found room for her, and she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to worship JesusSome two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings. Her parents called for the kindhearted pastor who had befriended their daughter to handle the final arrangements. As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled red purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump. Inside was found 57 cents and a note, scribbled in childish handwriting, which read: "This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday School." For two years she had saved for this offering of love. When the pastor tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do. Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion. He challenged his deacons to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building. But the story does not end there ... a newspaper learned of the story and published It. It was read by a wealthy realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands. When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered to sell it to the little church for 57 cents. Church members made large donations. Checks came from far and wide. Within five years the little girl's gift had increased to $250,000.00--a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends. When you are in the city of Philadelphia, look up Temple Baptist Church, with a seating capacity of 3,300. And be sure to visit Temple University, where thousands of students are educated. Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School building which houses hundreds of beautiful children, built so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time.In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history. Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind pastor, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, author of the book, Acres of Diamonds. This is a true story, which goes to show WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH 57 CENTS.

the END

10 Comments:

  • By Blogger Daniel, at 1/20/2006 5:24 PM  

  • I really wish I had said, "mostly false" ... oh well, can't change that now. ;)

    By Blogger Daniel, at 1/20/2006 5:31 PM  

  • Well, there you go ... mostly false. Thanks, Daniel!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/20/2006 10:26 PM  

  • Remarakable how these stories get around. I wonder how many preachers have told that story.

    It was very nice anyway, Rose~. Have a great day.

    God Bless

    Matthew

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 1/21/2006 5:30 AM  

  • Hi Rose

    Here is the real Story

    http://www.truthorfiction.com
    /rumors/h/hattiemaywiatt.htm

    I will try to Publish it ,it didn't work last time

    God Bless

    By Blogger forgiven, at 1/21/2006 9:30 AM  

  • Hi Rose,

    Here's one that is true. A farmer in Chicagoland met with his pastor. "I feel that God is telling me to donate some of my property for a new church building." he said. "But the problem is, the property is heavily in debt." This was pretty prime land, by the way.

    The next day the farmer called the pastor back. "I have to meet you for breakfast today." he said.

    It turns out that during the night, he had won the lottery. There was plenty of cash to pay the debt on the land and even build the new building.

    This is the church where my brother-in-law now attends, and he told me the story himself. Sorry I've forgotten the details, but it's fairly recent.

    By Blogger Cleopas, at 1/21/2006 11:10 AM  

  • Matthew,
    How very kind of you to say that. You always find a word of encouragement.

    Forgiven,
    Thanks for the link. You and Daniel have directed me to websites that I didn't know about and that I am sure will be beneficial.

    Loren (Cleopas!),
    A Christian playing the lottery? Well, I never! Just kiddin, I don't play the lottery, but I am not sure it is so wrong as some people do. Anyways, it ended up working out for the church, didn't it? (the end justifies the means?) What an amazing story! I can't wait to show it to my husband.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/21/2006 3:02 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    FYI, I think the lottery is problematic for Christians on issues like stewardship or covetousness. However, if an individual Christian is able to rise above those things, I think it's possible that God might use lottery winnings to entrust them with a stewardship:

    "For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God."
    (Eccl 2:26)

    "This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:
    . . . Though he heaps up silver like dust, and piles up clothing like clay--
    He may pile it up, but the just will wear it, and the innocent will divide the silver."

    (Job 27:13,16-17)

    "But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed . . ."
    (Matt 25:26)

    Of course, there is a fine and very elusive line to be tread in keeping this perspective. If you think you've conquered greed, for example, it may mean that you've become too loose with cash to be a good steward; if you conquer the tempatation of covetousness, you may have leaned into the sucker punch of pride.

    I was discussing this with the Lord once, and said to Him: "It's such a fine line; it's like . . . like . . ." He supplied the missing words:

    "Like a camel passing through the eye of a needle." Hmm, yup, that about sums it up.

    BTW, the lottery came to Oklahoma last week but I haven't bought a ticket. If I feel the Lord saying so, I have no problem with that either. But I know He does not save by many or few so there's no need to buy yourself more than one.

    By Blogger Cleopas, at 1/21/2006 4:20 PM  

  • I would say that all gambling is wrong. The ten commandments say 'Thou shalt not covet'.

    What is gamlbing except coveting what other people have?

    Business is different, because there you are actually giving people something in return for their money.

    Every Blessing in Christ

    Matthew

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 1/21/2006 5:34 PM  

  • I'd say all gambling and most urban-legend-telling is definitely wrong.

    Unless you introduce 'em with,

    Does anybody know if this story is true?

    he he :)

    By Blogger H K Flynn, at 1/22/2006 11:32 PM  

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