57 Cent Church – One Of The Best E-Mails From Mom

                  ” 57 CENT CHURCH “
         A little girl stood near  a small church from which she had been turned  away because it was “too crowded.”  “I can’t go to  Sunday School,” she sobbed to the pastor as he  walked by.   Seeing her shabby,  unkempt appearance, the pastor guessed the  reason and, taking her by the hand, took her  inside and found a place for her in the Sunday school class. The child was so happy that they  found room for her, and she went to bed that  night thinking of the children who have no place  to worship Jesus. 

Some two years later,  this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement  buildings Her parents called for the kindhearted  pastor who had befriended their daughter to handle the final arrangements.   

As her poor little body  was being moved, a worn and crumpled red purse  was found which seemed to have been rummaged  from some trash dump. 

Inside was found 57  cents and a note, scribbled in childish  handwriting, which read: ‘This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go  to Sunday School.’ 

For two years she had  saved for this offering of love.   

When the pastor  tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what  he would do. Carrying this note and the cracked,  red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion.   

He challenged his  deacons to get busy and raise enough money for  the larger building. 

But the story does not  end there..

A newspaper learned of  the story and published It. It was read by a  wealthy realtor who offered them a parcel of  land worth many thousands.   

When told that the  church could not pay so much, he offered to sell  it to the little church for 57 cents.   

Church members made  large donations. Checks came from far and wide.  
Within five years the little girl’s gift had  increased to $250,000.00–a huge sum for that  time (near the turn of the century). Her  unselfish love had paid large dividends.   

When you are in the city  of Philadelphia  , look  up Temple Baptist  Church, with a seating capacity of 3,300. And be sure to visit Temple University, where thousands of students are educated.   

Have a look, too, at the  Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School building which houses  hundreds of beautiful children, built so that no  child in the area will ever need to be left  outside during Sunday school time.   

In one of the rooms of  this building may be seen the picture of the  sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so  sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history. Alongside of it is a portrait of her  kind pastor, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, author of  the book, “Acres of Diamonds”.   

This is a true story, which goes to show WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH 57  CENTS. 

Please send this back.  (You’ll see why.) 

St. Theresa Prayer  (cannot be deleted) 

REMEMBER to make a wish  before you read the prayer. That’s all you have  to do. There is nothing attached. This is a  powerful novena. 

Just send this to four  people and let me know what happens on the  fourth day.. 

Do not break this,  please. Prayer is one of the best free gifts we  receive. There is no cost but a lot of reward.   

(This is true)  

(Did you make a  wish?) 

If you don’t make a  wish, it won’t come true. Last Chance to Make a  Wish. 

May today there be peace  within.. 
May you trust your highest power  that you are exactly where you are meant to be.  
May you not forget the infinite  possibilities that are born of faith..   

May you use those gifts  that you have received, and pass on the love  that has been given to you. 
May you be  content knowing you are a child of God. 
Let  this presence settle into our bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing and dance. It is  there for each and every one of you.  

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