Pastor Jerry Madden of Praise Cathedral in Greer, South Carolina, was overwhelmed by a miracle of God. While he does not care much for theatrics, nor dramatics, this was one time he got a bit excited.
The previous church year brought unforeseen opportunities equal to one million dollars—some repairs had to be done on the church, the sound system had to be replaced, and other such expenses were incurred. But, the congregation paid for these items all along and did not borrow any money. In the meantime, they also continued to honor their missions commitments.
Pastor Jerry had earlier expressed to the church the hope that this fall, their mortgage payment would be under one million dollars.
Recently, Pastor Jerry received an envelope in the mail; it appeared to be a check, but he couldn’t be sure. The sender was a department within a major financial institution. And, yes, it was a valid check—a check for ONE MILLION DOLLARS! After quite some diligence, Pastor Jerry managed to talk with someone at the financial institution who told him the money was given by a donor or donors requesting anonymity. Praise Cathedral’s mortgage will now be debt-free!
Wait … that is not the end of the story. Included in the envelope was another check, this one also for ONE MILLION DOLLARS, for the church’s missions efforts! Praise Cathedral monthly supports Samaritan’s Purse—the orphanage in the Philippines overseen by Marc and Marilen Morris—several missionaries, a Bible school, a theological seminary, as well as other orphanages and ministries. The church’s missions pastor is Mark Hill.
God never forgets. He rewards with blessings those who sow His love in kindness, and He gave Praise Cathedral a great return on their investments into His Kingdom!
Hebrews 6:10: “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”