My name was drawn in January at my first meeting. I was really praying that I wouldn’t get it since I wasn’t sure how it really worked. The stories told at that meeting were inspiring, but I still asked God NOT to use me right away. But He DID! My name was called. I decided to think about it tomorrow-Haha!
I did start to pray about the awesome responsibility, but I think I was still not truly saying “Here I am, Lord” because I didn’t even keep the money in my purse! Although not for lack of prayer, I did not see an opportunity to give away the $90 I had been entrusted with. I was very sad and anxious the closer it came to the next meeting.
Then it was Ash Wednesday and God put it on my heart that He would show me the way during Lent. Alms-giving is a Pillar of Lent. So I went to the meeting and the other ladies were so supportive. They promised to pray with me and my anxiety was lifted. I went home and put the $90 in my purse!
The 2nd Sunday of Lent, a missionary came and spoke at Mass at St. Ann. Sr. Cindy Sullivan spoke with such passion and love of the good work that is being done in Quito, Ecuador at the Working Boys Center. She talked about a place in our world so poor that children work to help support their families. This center brings in the whole family and feeds them and educates them, children and adults. They still work, because work is good, not bad. But they are taught reading and writing and skills and morals. I was struck by what a difference the blessing of geography played in our lives and our children’s lives. This seemed like the place God had been planning all along for that $90 to go!
I wrote a short note to Sr. Cindy explains that we were a group of faithful Christian women who were meeting to pray and do a small part if giving to further God’s love. I asked her to use this money from some women in Tx to help in some small way the people in Ecuador.
I felt joyfully relieved that I had persevered and not given up. I feel blessed that our money went to help families whose circumstances are so different from ours.
It was a Lenten blessing!