'The Unlikely Donor' by A.J. Rasmussen Nov. 8, 2015
"And He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And He called His disciples to Him and said to them, 'Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more that all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.' "
This past week, a donation of $10 was received in our post office box from a pen pal who has written me since April 2014.
You may be thinking, 'Big deal, $10? Why are you boasting about it A.J.?'
Let me tell you the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey would say.) This man, I will call Brad for the sake of privacy. Brad is homeless. He lives on a meager couple hundred per month from social security disability. This amount must cover food he eats, clothes he wears, bus fair he travels on, and other necessities required to survive. Let me clarify, he does spend his evenings in a shelter, not on the streets, but you get my point.
This man, not only does he steadfastly write a stranger in prison, weekly for nearly two years. But when I tell him about our ministry (Cornerstone Ministry-CM) he voluntarily sends in this donation, not much unlike the widow discussed in Mark 12.
Prison ministry is not a popular ministry to many, Christians included, yet there's a huge need, often left unmet. We at CM have been attempting to raise $400 goin on two months, and there have been some generous people, including Brad, that have contributed toward this goal. We still need to raise about $250 to reach our goal. This goal set, so that we can incorporate as non-profit, opening us up to numerous other avenues of fund-raising, allowing us the further our mission.
I know it's difficult to give two cents, punn intended, to people who have done some horendous things in their past. But don't those who have chosen to change their lives deserve some love and another chance? Do we not all sin, daily? If we look deep into our hearts, do we not all fail in the eyes of our creator?
Hebrews 13:3 reads like this. "Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body."
That verse is a direct link to Jesus' words in Matthew 25:31-46. Jesus tells us to feed the hungry. Give drink to the thirsty. Clothe the naked. Welcome strangers. Visit the sick and imprisoned. In summary, He's asking us to love! Be selfless, sacrificing of ourselves.
I ask of you, after reading this, go to God in prayer and ask Him for guidance. Is He telling you to donate in some fashion? Maybe it's not to CM, maybe it's to the Brad's of the world. I'm not trying to sell you on giving up money to CM, I am asking you to do the will of the Lord. Nothing more, nothing less. Take a page from the book of the Unlikely Donor, Brad, a man after God's own heart. Please visit our site a