I visited a new church this past Sunday to which I had very little previous connection, they were a part of a network of churches that another one of our supporting churches is a part of but that is about it. I emailed the pastor a few times before going, just to give him a heads up that I would be there. So, I drove an hour to this church and was blown away.
I’m a nerd on many levels and certainly church is one of those levels, so I am always interested to see how churches are set up especially when they don’t have a building. This one met at a movie theater but they had done a wonderful job making it feel like church. The place was packed and you could actually feel a level of excitement as the church service started. The worship was amazing and so was the preaching and I could really see why it was growing so quickly so fast, but the most amazing thing for me was what happened after the service.
As people where exiting, I hung back a little to allow the pastor time and space to pray for people in his congregation who wanted it. Then I introduced myself and we spoke for a few minutes about the church, our family and what my work will be in Nicaragua. And then… he had the church cut me a check! The generosity blew me away!
We are going to get back together when we have a more relaxed atmosphere to talk but it was so encouraging to experience a church that is freely generous towards missions. That’s one of the reasons why I love support raising. You get to have Sunday’s like this one where you get surprised by other people’s generosity and love of missions.