South Street Ministries is in need of $10,000 to install plumbing in the Front Porch and $1,500 to pave the driveway at 130 W. South St. I am trying to make our real needs known.
Now, (since I can't talk/write about money without expanding on the Spirit-lessons behind it) let me tell the story of the plumbing and the driveway. Let me first retell the story of the Feeding of the 5,000.
A great crowd approaches Jesus and the Disciples. To test them, Jesus asks "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?"
The cost was insurmountable, a year's wages or more! Peter speaks up, "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" The crowd sits and is fed with baskets left-over. Jesus takes the small amount that is faithfully given and feeds the multitude.
A few months ago, we assessed the cost of plumbing in the Front Porch. A new sprinkler system is necessary to increase accessibility. The old pipelines are galvanized and need to be professionally replaced. The estimate was over $100,000. It would cost all of our yearly wages and then some!!
We had $1,500 left in the building account. How could so little accomplish so much? At South Street, we take the lessons of Christ to heart. Like the disciples, we are being tested in times of our need and the need around us. So we prayed.
We prayed and a local plumber stopped by the Front Porch after hearing Pastor Crabbs on the radio. He worked for a wholesale distributor of pipe, valve, and fittings. He offered to help and brought his boss to the Front Porch. After using our restrooms his boss immediately offered his services and support. We let him know that the need was far more than simply a new restroom, that the building needed new pipes and sprinklers. He told us he'd be in touch.
And he was, days later he returned and offered his help and his company's supplies. He contacted a Christian friend in the sprinkler business who heard our story and also offered his company's support. Next, a local plumber offered to help with installation.
Before our eyes an answer to prayer was unfolding. God was bringing together plumbers to turn a $100,000 project into a reasonable endeavor. It will now cost $10,000 to complete a $100,000 (that's a 10 to 1 ratio for those non-math people). Would you consider offering some of your loaves and fish to complete this work?
The amazing thing about the feeding of the 5,000 is that God multiplies what is given. South Street's meager $1,500 becomes $100,000 through prayer. To support the plumbing at the Front Porch or to donate to the driveway fund, go to http://www.southstreetministries.org/ and click on the donate button. (Make sure to designate where your gift goes. No PayPal account necessary.)
Grace and Peace