Try No. 2

As you know, I have this impossibly big vision for Bemidji.  I’m chasing after that dream.

I stumbled upon this video on Youtube.  It’s an amazing video.  Go check it out.  Basically, Cocacolla company put an ATM on the streets of Spain, except there was something different about it.  Instead of letting people withdraw money from their account, it offeres to give the person 100 Euros for free.  On one condition.  The person receiving the money has to agree to share it with someone else.

So good.  It included some videos of how people were spending that money and blessing others.

I was in tears.

And I was inspired.  I promptly went to the bank, withdrew 200 dollars and started putting together four envelopes, each with 50 dollars.  My plan, follow in the footsteps of Cocacola.  Offer the envelopes to whomever wanted them, on the condition they share it with others.  No gimics, no agenda.  Just to send them off to bless someone else.

I shared the video on my Facebook timeline with an invitation to receive $50 for free.

I thought for sure that the four envelopes would be gone in a matter of seconds.  Except not one person asked for one.  I was hurt.  I had this big dream and not a single person wanted to join me.

Maybe it just wasn’t the right timing.

I was having lunch with the paster of the local church I attend, Destiny Fellowship.  I asked him if I could try again.  He gave me the go ahead, but it was close to 7 weeks before I was able to share my vision with the church.  But I did this morning!

I was a bit nervous in the days leading up to this.  What if no one took the envelopes.

But I had this opportunity to share my vision with the church, so I wrote it out, practiced it a few times.  I stood up there this morning.  It was great to hear people vocalizing their agreement as I shared my vision and invited them to come grab an envelope after the service.

I was so blessed.  Within a few minutes, a young lady came up to me and asked for an envelope.  What a great heart!  Then a friend came up.  I thought he was going to ask for an envelope.  Instead he offered to throw more money into the pot.  Wow!!  I now had five envelopes, and one already out.  Over the next 20 minutes or so, I proceded to hand out the remaining envelopes.

I can’t wait to hear testimonies of how these five amazing men and women are going to use them to bless others in the community.  I’ll be sure to post them here.

 

How do you bless those around you?

2 thoughts on “Try No. 2

  • Jenni Lamberson

    April 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm(Edit) Reply

    Just hearing about your giving blesses me. I truly believe money is an idol to many people (myself included) and God is obviously working through you to put down this idol.

  • Tim

    March 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm(Edit) Reply

    Thats really cool. Wish i was there that Sunday. I hadn’t heard of it until reading this. Awesome idea.

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