Hazel Arbon, Program Staff for Mission and Education at Saskatchewan Conference, recounts this story of changing the world through her gifts for Mission and Service:
Several years ago, I was at a United Church workshop where one of the speakers was a man from one of the Central American countries. As he introduced himself, he said that The United Church of Canada had always had a very close connection to his heart.
At one point several years previously, the two sides in the civil war in his country were ready to sit down to some peace talks. Both sides were willing. Everything was set up—but they needed $3,000 to make it happen, and they just did not have it. They approached the United Church, asking if we could help them in this way. The speaker said, “We had the money the next day.”
My eyes immediately filled with tears, and it took all of my willpower not to sob out loud. He was talking about the generosity of my church, my people—actually, maybe even me.
It is nice to be able to direct my money toward a project I pick out. That makes me feel good from the moment I write the cheque. But in that moment of listening to the speaker, I realized the power of also donating without knowing where my money might go. Maybe, just maybe, a tiny portion of my money helped end a civil war.
It still brings tears to my eyes to consider the many other ways my money and yours come together to make things better in this world of ours.
Mighty and tender God, our gifts to M&S help your church to
do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you.