Last month I wrote about how when we were at Sam’s Club selling fruit as a fundraiser, one of the managers came out and handed me a grant application. My quandary then was that the grant was supposed to benefit the local community, and we were raising funds to go on a mission trip to Latin America. Since that’s not local, I decided to request the money for something else that was already in the works.

Last fall, Sophia, one of our members, made the initial contact with Sam’s Club, requesting a donation for playground equipment for our school. We were in the process of clearing brush for the playground/ball field at the time. They told her that they were out of grant money for the year, but that we should ask again early in 2010 (like February). They also told her that if we ever wanted to run a fundraiser on their steps, that we were welcome to do so.

While we were selling fruit, Sam found some extra grant money and wanted us to apply for it. In the end, I consulted a few people, and we agreed that the best thing for us to do was request the money for the playground equipment as originally planned. I filled out the application, and Sophia emailed me a letter to go along with it. I dropped it off at Sam’s as requested, and then… nothing.

Until today!

I got a call from one of the managers telling me that they had a check written out to our school for $2,250! Did I want them to mail it to us or would I like to come and pick it up? It was almost time for me to leave the office anyhow, so I told her I’d be there in 20 minutes to get it. When I got there, they came down and handed me the check. I thanked them, and they asked me to send them a picture of the playground. I reminded them that all they had to do to see it was peek over the berm that separates our property from theirs, and there it would be. But I also said I’d send them a picture and that we expected to set it up in April.

Woot!

I have to give credit where it is due though, and that is to God Himself. When it was time to order fruit in December, I felt impressed to order four dozen extra cases and try to sell them at Sam’s Club. I was afraid to do this at first, but then I realized that we had already raised enough money to cover four dozen extra cases of fruit, so even if we didn’t sell any, we wouldn’t be in the red. Further, if the Lord wanted us to go on a mission trip, He would send us customers and make sure we made a profit. Otherwise, He would be pleased if we were to give His extra fruit to a kitchen that serves the homeless. We did make a $500 profit on the fruit in December, and we still had about a dozen cases of fruit left, which I delivered to the kitchen right after Christmas. They were very pleased to get that, as they are not often able to provide fresh fruit to their clients. So God used us to raise some money for our trip, and He also used us to feed some of His children. And because we were willing to be used by Him, we were on the doorstep of Sam’s Club when they “found” some extra money. Wouldn’t you say He had a hand in that?

I still don’t know if we will be able to raise enough money to go to Latin America, but I don’t have to know. It is enough for me to trust in Him and work towards that goal. If that’s what He wants us to do, then He will find the money.

Who knows? But maybe He will choose to send us to Haiti.

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