The letter opens with…”Thank you for telling people about the LORD…” and “I felt the LORD was telling me to do this for you…” So reads the piece of yellow construction paper in 9 year old handwriting. A 5 dollar bill was enclosed in the letter with the explanation that she had been helping her friends and they had paid her for her work. She immediately thought of us and our mission. This sweet girl was doubtful if her small gift would even make a difference and questioned her mom if she should even bother giving it. What do you think? Does $5 matter in the grand scheme of moving a family from Connecticut to Honduras? Would $5 help a ministry that requires thousands of dollars just to feed 100 abandoned kids for a week? How much does $5 really matter? Should a person even bother giving a gift of that size to a work and ministry that requires so much more?
I would answer this with a resounding “YES! It matters tremendously!” The heart behind the gift matters more than someone writing a check for $1000 who doesn’t even notice it is missing from his bank account. Or someone who gives because they feel that they should. Or someone else who will give to a missionary if they have something left over at the end of the month.
We are honored to be the recipient of such a gift. We pray that this tender heart may only grow in sensitivity toward the work that God desires to do in the world. Oh, for more hearts like this! Mark 12:42-44 “…she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.” “…this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.”