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The story of the 57 cents

My sister Sherry sent this to me and I thought it was a good thing to read. So instead of sending it to 7 people, I'll put it in the Current Rambles and get more than 7 hits and sets of eyeballs. I'll also post the link to the list and there's 819 folks scattered around the world who will receive the invitation to come read. 06-29-03: 9pm Pacific.

\(*o*)/ Howdy Sherry and all the other Brummetts. xoxo NoraJean

>The story of the 57 cents
>A sobbing 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, that 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 and the 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 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
>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 Realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands. When told
>that the church could not pay so much, he offered it 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 dividend.
>When you are in the city of Philadelphia, look up  Temple Baptist Church,
>with a seating capacity of 3,300 and Temple University,   where hundreds of
>students are trained.   Have a look, too, at the Good  Samaritan Hospital
>and at a Sunday School building which houses hundreds of  Sunday Schoolers,
>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.
>Russel H. Conwell, author of the book, "Acres of  Diamonds" 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.
>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, dance.
>It is there for each and every one of you.
>                                   ~~~~~~~
>Send this to 7 People within the next 5 minutes
>and your wish will come true.


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