Fifty-Seven-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 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 > 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. (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* > > St. Teresa Prayer > 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....

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