Barbara had the money last month! Alrighty, pull up a chair, and cozy up…it is a great story. When Barbara told her husband about Ten for Him and the fact that she had gotten the $120, (there was extra somehow) he said, “I’ll MATCH you.” and gave her an EXTRA $100 to spend. WHAT A GREAT GUY! (Our first matching donor! )
So Barb was wide eyed, looking to see what God would have her doand praying numerous times about who to give the money to…..and here is what happened: Barb found out about a single 21 year old mom with a 2 year old who was involved in her church’s single mom’s program and was being an excellent steward with the meager means she had. Barb met and visited with her and gave her $100. The girl wept. “Oh my gosh, you have no idea..” (what this means to me) , she kept repeating.
Barb continued on her unselfish way, volunteering at the CCA to help feed Senior citizens. A couple came in who were definitely not Seniors, but were hungry. There was enough food left over, so they were able to feed them. Barb KNEW they were “her” folks. Barb took the man and woman aside and as Barb explained she, “could not believe the things that were coming out of her mouth.” Basically, Barb told them about Jesus, right living and “eye balled” them about spending the 50 dollars she gave them for their benefit..not drugs or alcohol. On her way out, the man grabbed her arm and tearfully told her a most heartwarming, “Thank you”.
So, here Barb was with $60 left. Then she remembered a working single mom she knows. The apartment she and her kids live in is far away from their school activities. The price of gas, has made it very difficult to chauffeur them to and fro, so the kids have been staying with her in her office. Somedays this means that they do not get home until 10 pm. Barb explained a bit about the group and then gave her the remaining $60. Amazed, the single mom gasped, ” I have no gas in my car right now….and it costs EXACTLY $60 to fill it up.”
Barb said she felt ” so full of joy and thanksgiving that I could share this with them all-my heart was just pounding with excitement. Expecially being about to talk about Christ with the young couple.”