God is Working from Bellingham to the rest of the World!

Real Estate Agent with Windermere

I have to tell you, god works in not so mysterious ways sometimes!

The church I attend here in Bellingham Wa.( Cornwall Church) is a very active church that continually reaches out to many parts of the world through missions and volunteer work. We have lots of trips through out the world including Honduras, Mexico, Africa and other parts of the world where humanitarian work is needed.

A few weeks ago, during the Easter weekend services ( our church is about 4000 members strong and we have 3 services between sat./sunday) our pastor decided it was a great time to try out an idea. He decided that when it came time to contribute to the church or "pass the plate", every single penny was going to be given away to charitable causes.

Now, this being one of the biggest and most attended services of the year, Pastor Marvel was really hoping to collect close to $75,000 to give to charity. People attending were able to go online and pick from several needs that they wanted the money to go to. Some of the most voted for causes were AIDS in Africa, as well as simple things like drilling wells in Africa to supply villages with running water. There was also a few shelters here in the area that were popular causes voted on by the congregation.

As we learned a couple weeks ago what happened to the money, I am convinced that god doesn't just work in mysterious ways at all, he works in up front obvious ways just as well!

Pastor Marvel stated that during the service, he would go ahead and extend the time to contribute for the entire week, up until Thursday. He told us that the finance person told him monday that we had raised $87,000! Sounds good right? Well they remembered that they had given us until Thursday to contribute, on Wednesday, the finance person called the pastor and says they are up to $99,230. Our pastor joked that maybe someone could sell a kid or something to get to the magical $100,000 mark, LOL. So Thursday the mail comes and she called the pastor again and gives him the news..........$115,507.93!!!! They gave $44000 to programs for Aids and well in Africa and gave $44000 to local foodbank/women shelters here in Bellingham. The rest, they sealed single bills ( $1, $5, $10, $50) in individual envelopes and passed BACK to the congregation and said they could do what ever they wanted with the money, give it to charity, give it to the homeless etc.

Please pray for Pastor Bob Marvel and give thanks that he is teaching all of us that we can make a differance in so many lives through god! 



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Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Coconut Creek, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service
That is a wonderful thing you and your church is doing, and has done. Blessings to you brother.
Apr 19, 2008 05:12 PM #1
Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
Patrick: What a blessing to be in such a vibrant, giving church and having such a wonderful pastor.  I will say a special prayer for both you and Pastor Marvel!
Apr 20, 2008 11:36 AM #2
Patrick Johnson
Windermere - Bellingham, WA

Nicholas - Thanks, but it is my church and pastor and of course the big guy up stairs that deserve all credit.

Kim - I really appreciate you saying a prayer! Thanks again!

Apr 20, 2008 11:40 AM #3
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin


What a great story! That is awesome. Thanks for sharing and I will be praying with you for your church and pastor as he leads you where God wants you to go as a congregation.

Apr 20, 2008 02:50 PM #4
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

I am impressed that a church of that magnitude did not set aside a portion of it for...."the Holidays".....

I am talking about parties held during the holidays by the church that are nothing more than social events for the membership....

THIS is a church that CARES for the poor......

May God BLESS it!!!!


Apr 20, 2008 05:34 PM #5
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

GOD is awesome, isn't he!  I definitley pray for you pastor, you, and your congregation.  There is no better feeling than knowing that you are serving as a blessing to others!

Apr 21, 2008 12:20 AM #6
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

It will be interesting to hear how the money handed back was multiplied and used to God's Glory.

May 24, 2008 02:13 PM #7
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