It has been a long hard, difficult and wonderful trip to the US. There have been continual meetings with people who really care about our work and mission. I have continually been asked how people can help and my answer has been continually “Pray for Peace and Pay for Peace”. The highlight of my recent trips has been my visits to the Christian Schools. These visits were obviously not fundraising ventures but for me the highlight was when a little boy came up to me and gave me $1. That dollar is still with me I cannot use it. It is to me the true symbol of the widows might. Other children then came up to me and gave me their one or five dollars. So I have decided to give to the church the same amount of money given to me and the one dollars I will give away at Bethel Church this weekend. It is a sign of God’s goodness and provision to me and us.
I got to Bethel where as usual I had an amazing visit. I told my story in depth and then told people about the young boy in Seattle who gave me the $1. The story was clearly the most amazing story of so many I had to tell. I told how he had given me his $1 to help the needs of his brothers and sisters who had been dispersed and massacred. I told them how after the one dollar other children started bringing me their $1. It was so moving and it was not long before all the students started bringing me their one dollars. In every class the same thing happened when I told the story by the end of my one day in Bethel that $1 had turned into thousands and thousands of dollars. That little boy had no idea what he was doing but he was sure that he did what God told him to do. There at Bethel they took the dollars and got them changed into a cheque to bring relief to the thousands of Christians we were helping. All because of one boy and $1.
Never underestimate how G-d can use the widows might and the boys $1. As I write I am on my way to Nashville Tennessee for the final part of my visit. It is a place I am very much looking forward to visiting and seeing what God is going to do there. I am sure it will be good. I return back to the UK on Friday and next Sunday I am preaching at Corpus Christi College Cambridge. So I will actually have a chance to see my Josiah in situ in Cambridge, how I am so looking forward to seeing him. Early next week I return to Jordan and Israel and later BBC News.
Well the money is now counted and the $1 has raised over $25,000 I just told his teacher and she can’t wait to tell the children tomorrow, she said it is just like the 5 loaves and 2 fishes.
With every Blessing,
Canon Andrew White