Many of you might be familiar with the story of The Widow’s Offering in both Mark and Luke. Here is Luke’s account of that story- Luke 21:1-4 “As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
I love this story so much because it emphasizes the beauty of sacrificial giving. Another reason I love this story because I am currently experiencing the reality of what it means to live on someone else’s donations. Through my experience, I have realized that every single penny donated helps us so much more than anyone can ever know. I would like to share a story with you that happened to me just two nights ago. Yep, just this past Monday night! That means that you are on the cutting edge of society because you are receiving immediate news from me, a highly credible source of information.
So, I moonlight as a Zumba instructor. I teach only once a week and I LOVE it. After class this past Monday I went out to eat with a group of students and we chatted about life and its ups and downs. While we were chatting, someone asked me to clarify exactly what I am doing right now for work. The set up of our work can be pretty confusing, so I get questions about this a lot.
I explained that Belay Enterprises is incubating us and that we are currently working at Bud’s Warehouse as Goal Coaches so that we can learn the ins and outs of running a non-profit job-training program. I talked about how we are working to raise money to open Purple Door Coffee and that we are also raising our salaries and spoke briefly about the stresses that come along with raising money.
After explaining these things, one of the ladies, Linda, quickly reached down into her purse and pulled out a small, square piece of paper. She handed it to me and said, “I don’t have any money to give, but I just won $25 on this lottery ticket and you should have it!” Linda is truly one of the most giving and supportive people that I have ever met. She continues to amaze me with her generosity and encouragement with each interaction. This story is so beautiful to me because on Monday night, Linda gave Purple Door Coffee what she had; money that she could have spent on an awesome meal or on a girls night out or on some new shoes for her two beautiful kids.
Linda’s generosity has given Purple Door Coffee so much more than $25, it has given us encouragement to get through today and press forward to a goal that is much bigger than both Mark and I. (Just to clarify, Linda isn’t a widow. She has an awesome husband named Doug. I titled this story ‘The Widow and her Lottery Ticket’ because her giving reminded me of the story in Luke that I mentioned earlier.)
The super exciting thing about this kind of giving is that you have the ability to participate! YAY! We have a Crowdrise campaign up and running to raise money for coffee equipment for Purple Door. You can become a part of this journey to open Purple Door Coffee by donating here, today. Please consider donating to help us create jobs for kids who are working so hard to get out of homelessness. I assure you that every little bit helps!
We love you guys and are so thankful for all that you have already given! Peace and blessings.