57 Cent Church

By , June 27, 2011 5:41 pm

57 Cent Church

A 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, and 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. Her 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 red 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

But the story does not end there….

A newspaper learned of the story and published It. It was read by a wealthy
realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands.

When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered to sell it to the
little church 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 dividends.

When you are in the
city of
Philadelphia , look upĀ Temple Baptist Church , with a
seating capacity of 3,300. And be sure to visit TempleUniversity, where thousands
of students are educated.

Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School
building which houses hundreds of beautiful children, built 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. Russell H.
Conwell, author of the book, ‘Acres of Diamonds’.

This is a true story, which goes to show WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH 57 CENTS.

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