57 Cents…..

Luke 21:1 “Then He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into
the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.

57 Cents…

A sobbing 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 touched that
she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to
worship Jesus.

Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor
tenement buildings and the parents called for the kind hearted pastor,
who had befriended their daughter, to handle the final arrangements.

As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled
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 Realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth
many thousands. When told that the church could not pay so much, he
offered it 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).

Philadelphia, look up Temple Baptist Church, with a seating
capacity of 3,300 and Temple University, where hundreds of students
are trained.

Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a
Sunday School building which houses hundreds of Sunday Schoolers,
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. Russel H. Conwell,
author of the book, Acres of Diamonds.

A true story, which goes to show WHAT GOD, CAN DO WITH 57 cents.

Luke 21:1-4 “Then He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into
the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.
So He said, ‘Truly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more
than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but
she out of her poverty has put in all the livelihood that she had’.”