Our church plant is still pretty small. We have twelve regulars and 3 or 4 visitors every week. So when Dan started announcing a few weeks ago that we’d be gathering a missions offering at the end of the month, we weren’t sure how much would come in. The goal was one thousand reais which is about 300 dollars and last Sunday was the big day. Several families were traveling so our group was even smaller than usual. I counted 5 couples (one was new and knew nothing about the campaign) and my faith grew smaller by the minute. But the Lord surprised us beyond our wildest expectations. When we counted the offering afterwards it was just ten dollars short of our goal. I was overwhelmed with joy at the generosity of our members because I know that many of them struggle financially.
Later after the refreshment time I saw more kindness in action when a young man took the vacuum cleaner out of my hand and swept up all the crumbs while his wife straightened up the snack table. They are very new couple to our church, yet are already showing servant hearts. II Corinthians 9:7 tells us that God loves it when we serve and give with joy. I feel privileged to be part of a fledgling work where people are doing just that.