I just wanted to share an amazing story that happened to me just this week. Monday morning I was enjoying a hot coffee after the girls got off to school and was thinking of the upcoming work week. I knew being the beginning of the month that we had several large bills coming due and was feeling a little anxious about having to dip into our O&O fund to pay them all. Of course, that is why we have the fund and we're miles ahead of where we were two years ago this time in terms of finances, but still we have the goal to get O&O fully funded this year and I was feeling some anxiety over dipping into it. So I started day-dreaming about getting a surprise $10,000 anonymous gift and what joy it would be to be getting off to a good start in November as far as paying bills AND putting the rest into savings so that we'd exceed our goal of funding O&O. We all do this from time to time don't we? We imagine ourselves winning the lottery, even though we don't play it, and day dream about the debt we could retire and the good work we could help fund across the globe. I also thought how fun it would be to have a bulletin offering update that read "last week's offering $12,000+/-" Anyway, I eventually snapped out of my daydreaming, determined to have faith, not anxiety, about church finances and got on with my day.
When Tuesday morning rolls around I head into the office to find an envelope containing an anonymous $10,000 bank check for North Harbor. Nope, not kidding. Sooooooo . . . last week's offering was $12,478. We have fully funded our O&O fund according to the goals Danielle Gustafson set for us. God is faithful - understatement of the day.
A big thank you to whomever sent this gift. I hope the story is as faith building to all of you as experiencing it was for me.
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