Yesterday, Steve gave an update and here is a portion of what he had to say:
As of today (though we are still getting something every day) we have somewhere near $4,000 that has been given to us. (UPDATE: We just got word that another church is giving, add $1,200 more! So the total should be a bit over $5,000.) How amazing is that? Some who gave are friends, some I have never met or heard of. We’ve received donation letters from pastors, theologians, missiologists and missionaries, seminary profs, college profs, denominational executives, state and local baptist association leaders, churches, non-SBC ministers, laypeople, and a few anonymous folks (one named “Justa Christian”). We’ve gotten cards from three locations outside the U.S.: Ireland, Hong Kong, and Texas. We’ve received checks and cash, as low as $5 and as high as $1,000. We received a photo of a kid with 5-6 Matchbox cars lined up, willing to donate one to our family. One family gave a check and then had a few added dollars from their child. . . . The stories are endless.
Often the blogosphere gets ripped for any number of reasons. There are valid reasons for much of the critique. But this is an example of using blogs for something amazing. We’ve been greatly blessed.
We just wanted to end by saying thank you all so much! You have all taught us a lot about generosity and meeting needs. In God’s providence I was teaching a series at our church on generosity just as we faced this situation and watched the money pour in. I was able to use it as an illustration during that series. God is good.
I rejoice with Steve and his family in what God has done through his people. Yet, even now, God may be leading you to join in the showering of blessings in our brother’s life (and his family). Churches are jumping in as well, and this is very exciting! In a day where we have churches promoting conferences with giveaways of Hummer H3’s and the like, it is refreshing to see the Church be the Church. And wonder of wonders, God happened to use bloggers in the process.
Calvary Baptist Church
1903 N. Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, IL 60098