A $2.99 Hug

I love doing ministry. Just so you’ll understand, ministry isn’t writing a bulletin article or working on a PowerPoint for Sunday’s sermon. Ministry is being among people, loving people, serving people and building relationships with people.

I am very blessed to get to minister to some of the poorest in Childress.  Like a young family that doesn’t live far from the church. The house they live in isn’t much better than some of the houses I’ve seen in Honduras.  On several occasions this little family of four have walked over to the church to ask for groceries … which we see that they get. They have two little girls, age 3 and 5, that are as as cute as they come … but as shy as I’ve ever seen. Due to some bad decisions in his past, the dad struggles to find work. The young mom works when she can, but for the most part they scrape by with food stamps, doing odd jobs for people  and a little help from others.

You know as well as I do, that it’s not unusual for the money to run out before the month does. This morning the mom sent me a message asking if I knew of any work someone might need because they had run out of milk for their girls a few days ago.

On my way to work this morning I stopped by the convenient store and picked up a gallon of milk (which was on sale by the way) to take to their house. When I got to their house I got an unexpected treat. Those two little “shy” girls ran up to me screaming at the top of their lungs, “TREY, TREY, TREY!” and threw their little arms around my neck and squeezed.

Just that a few months ago those two little girls were so shy they wouldn’t even make eye contact with me.  Now they were screaming my name and hugging my neck. Talk about making my day.

Those two precious hugs were worth WAY more than a $2.99 gallon of milk.

See why I love doing ministry?

 

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Article by Trey Morgan

I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Jess says:

    Because it’s worth it every time.:)

  2. Carolyn Vela says:

    This just shows you how many people’s lives you touch, Trey, on a daily basis! Our community is so BLESSED to have you here!

  3. Katherine says:

    This is absolutely precious, Trey…too precious!! Love you & your big heart, my friend…

  4. mmlace says:

    So sweet! And a very good deal! I’d pay $2.99 for a hug.

  5. Cindy Holman says:

    This is precious! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Jeff says:

    If only we would do those “little” things for others more often, rather than thinking only the big sacrifices matter. After all, any ministry would say that the bulk of their donations come from people who can only give a little bit each month or year. And maybe, like those little girls, what we see as giving just a little is, to them, a whole lot.

  7. scott says:

    beautiful story. that is an example of being a servant of god, and the blessings( hugs) that followed. this reminded me of a situation with a little girl in our church who also was very shy. i would talk to her every sunday and then after about a year of doing this last sunday she actually smiled at me and melted my heart. ah ha finally a connection was made. thank you jesus.

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