Intro to Watsonopolis

There was one who once said crazy things like, give your possessions to the poor, let your light shine, go to the ends of the earth, love God, love your neighbor, serve, pray, die and live. Those words, the words of Jesus, have gripped and shaped our lives.

Because of Jesus’ life, challenge and love we are propelled into an amazing life journey; a journey that most often finds us pitching our tent among the poor and those on the margins of our world, serving, living, teaching, learning and loving there.

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Poor Peepul

A couple of Sundays ago, before I left church to head home, one of the ministers from our children's ministry handed me an envelope and said, "I thought you'd like to see this".  It was an envelope from one of the children.  Inside the envelope was their offering, given to the church.  It was a cute, humbling and encouraging sign of a youngster who, trying to be a good follower of Jesus, was giving a portion of their allowance or whatever cash mom & dad gave them the night before to the church for the work of God.  

However, to be honest, it wasn't what was in the envelope that stood out to me (and to the minister who passed the envelope to me).  It was what was written on the envelope.  "Poor Peepul".  This child, somewhere along the way got the notion that the money given to the church was for the poor.  I believe that to be both good theology and good practice.  I pray that I lead a church who's money, in increasing measure, is money given for the benefit of and care for the poor.

Reader Comments (2)

Amen! So sweet and I agree!

November 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGroffs

Great story, Matthew, and I too want to belong to just such a church. I think I do. I'm always telling people, "give it away. You cannot outgive God; the more you give, the more there is to give." That youngster is learning that at an early age. Praise God.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDelaine Zody

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