At Christ Fellowship in Miami, where I serve as executive pastor, one of our campuses is in Downtown Miami. While all of our campuses are diverse ethnically, I think that the Downtown campus is the most diverse socio-economically. For example we provide a mid-week service targeting the professional community who works Downtown. And we provide meals, showers, clothes, and a worship service for the Homeless population early on Sunday mornings.
At the conclusion of our midweek service, a woman approached our senior pastor who had just finished speaking. She said she was under deep conviction to give, to be more generous. Rick prayed with her.
We found out afterwards that she is currently staying in an assisted living area for those moving out of homelessness. She came back to the church an hour later with 143.00 in cash. This was all she had. She emptied her entire bank account.
Wow. This is the modern version of the widow’s mite. After processing the story I sent the following email to the management team and campus pastors. I wanted to remind us of the weight of responsibility we have as leaders when we spend other people’s money.
Today our midweek service DT was awesome. God moved in some great ways. And it was our most attended midweek service so far with 140 adults. A lady who is homeless and lives at a mission came to Rick after the service and was convicted about her greed, as Rick addressed that and spoke on generosity. She went and emptied out her entire savings account and brought the money back to the church.
Wow, the story is humbling. Made me think about spending her money, which we do. As we spend money this week on ministry, realize that we spend her gift to God. And others who give out of their generosity to our God. When you place your CF credit card down, think of her gift and please be sure you are practicing the best spending habits possible.