At the Christmas program in 2014, I met a young woman who attended the community program at Healing Hearts Ministry.
As we chatted, I invited her to our New Year’s Eve service. She brought her two children, and showed up again at church the next Sunday morning.
She asked me if I could give her a Bible: her 11-year-old son was interested in reading it.
I gave her one.
She told me that she was moving to B.C., but did not have enough gas money yet.
I gave her the $50 in my wallet with these words: “This is your seed money, God will provide the rest.”
At the end of June 2018, a B.C. number called my cell phone, so I let it go to voicemail.
It was the woman from 2014.
How did she get this number? I wondered as I called her back.
She told me that her son had read that Bible from cover to cover.
They were both baptized a few years ago.
Church has become very important to them.
She attended a service at Healing Hearts while in Regina for the summer.
We weren’t there that Sunday, so she gave an envelope to a friend of mine to give to me.
Inside was the original $50 in the original envelope with my name, cell phone number, address, and email address written on the outside.
The envelop was unopened. She never used the money.
There was a note:
“Arlene, A special delivery to come to say how grateful I am what you did for us – helping us with the gas money when we really needed it ($50). Also giving a child’s Bible for me to deliver to [her son in B.C.] was the best gift ever. The Living Word.”
It is amazing what a brief encounter, $50, and a Bible has done.
God uses the little that we have to offer and it becomes much.
[Arlene Schroeder is a member of Parliament Community Church, Regina. She is a full-time missionary with Healing Hearts Ministries Inc. in Regina where she is involved in discipleship and mentoring of women. Healing Hearts Ministries Inc. is a non-denominational Christian ministry that works with local ministries and/or individuals helping to bring the healing touch of Jesus to wounded hearts.