I found out Monday that there was a family in the Childress area who was in need of some help. They were currently using an ice chest as a refrigerator because their refrigerator had broke. Unable to fix the old one and no money for a new one, they had settled on a simple ice chest for their needs. I can’t even imagine.

The kind person who found out about the whole situation immediately went down to the store and paid for half of a new one. To cover the other half, I decided to simply send a text message to 15 random people from church who I thought might be able to help. I timed it and it took exactly 11 minutes from the time I sent to text to have all the money I needed to cover the other half. Eleven minutes!!! After the 11 minutes … I then spent the rest of the morning telling the others who wanted to give, “Sorry, I already have it. Keep it until something else come up.”

Jesus said, “Whatever you do for the least of these, you did for me…” Matthew 25. Jesus is pretty fond of givers … so am I.

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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. David says:

    That is awesome. I have witnessed the same phenomenon in these parts.

  2. Mark Webb says:

    The “body of Christ” isn’t just a theological bumper sticker. It’s real!! It is people being Jesus’ hands to pull out their wallets, his feet to go to Lowe’s and get a ‘fridge, or his mouth to say, “We want to help.”

    Thanks for the story!!

  3. Paula Harrington says:

    What a great story!

  4. Tim Archer says:

    Now you can preach the story from Exodus where God had to tell the Israelites to quit bringing things for the tabernacle

  5. Katherine says:

    That is awesome, Trey-thanks for sharing!! I love hearing about the Body REALLY being the Body of Christ!! :)

  6. Peter P says:

    Giving people distinct, real opportunities to give can really energise them. Telling me a village in Africa needs a new well and asking the whole church to give might make me take a couple of dollars out of my wallet but telling me that Phil’s freezer has broken and asking me personally if I can help will have a much different effect.

    The Church needs to make more of these opportunities available – and recognize them when they come.

  7. TREY MORGAN says:

    Mark – You are EXACTLY right! Be the church.

    Tim – Hadn’t thought of that. Good thought.

    Peter – Amen, you hit the nail on the head!

  8. Deny Lemaster says:

    I love it when the church of Christ demonstrates Christ! This is Excellent and Inspiring.

  9. Donna G says:

    Two things- I too love people who will give….

    And I love those who will provide the opportunity to give to a cause like this….

  10. Karin says:

    Sharing this with us is such an encouragement. God loves a cheerful giver!! What an honor and joy it is to give!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I too like what Peter said.

    For me it’s finding the opportunity. I get disappointed when an opportunity has come and gone and I did not know about it. Especially when I feel I could have added to the options or resources that were needed.

    I appreciate people willing to give and I would like to be someone who is included when the call goes out (although I have more than money). I also understand that, for some people, it is difficult to ask for help but I hope they know that the church is a resource.

    I have found that when a specific need it presented people are willing.

    Thanks for being the conduit in this situation.


  12. Stoogelover says:

    Long Beach was an incredibly generous church when it came to giving. Mention a need and an amount and in my 15 years there, they NEVER failed to come through … and then some. I love a giver, but I also love those who will allow themselves to receive a gift. In my experience, most givers are not very gracious receivers. I know … I’m not a gracious receiver and that denies people the grace to give.

  13. L.C.T. says:

    Such an encouragement :)

  14. Evan says:

    I’m always amazed at how much people are willing to give… once they there is a need. Thanks for sharing the story.

  15. Jenschke Family says:

    That is why we love Childress!

  16. Liss and MOMMY says:

    God is good!

  17. Dr. Roger D. Butner says:

    How fantastic! Helps me understand more fully the context of your recent post about the CoC comment from the lady at Wal-Mart. Sounds like your church family is really living the incarnational life. Which is likely somewhat a reflection of the church leadership out in Childress, TX. Just a guess.

  18. kim says:

    Praise the Lord for ALWAYS providing! There was a time after Andre and I were first married that Andre had been drafted to serve in the Portuguese Army. I was unable to work at the time because we were having trouble getting my greencard and he was only making about $50 a month. We had a little bit of money saved up but not much. We were always taken care of! God is so good.

    ps. i read your post about the OKC marathon. we will be out there to cheer you on.

  19. roadtripray says:

    Awesome job. As a pastor, I know first hand how this can be encouraging to see God’s people reaching out.

    Let me ask you a question: How does your congregation stay “plugged in” to know of needs outside of their congregation? Our church does a great job of taking care of members, as well as people they know. My concern is that we may be missing people outside the church doors who are in need but aren’t connected in any way to the congregation.


  20. Patrick Mead says:

    There is NOTHING more fun than giving. Nothing. I have no retirement, not much in the way of savings, and my pockets do not overflow, but — I say again — there is nothing as fun as giving. It’s almost like we were designed to give…

  21. Janice Garrison says:

    If I didn’t know better I would say you are in Skiatook OK-USA.

    Great expample of our Fathers children and how fortunate you are to be surrounded by great people.

    Their crowns will have many jewels!

  22. LauraLee Shaw says:

    THAT is the Body of Christ in action. Hallelujah!

  23. westcoastwitness.com says:

    Nice. :)

  24. TREY MORGAN says:

    Ray … as for your question … I think that being in a smaller community of 7000 helps to stay plugged in. You hear a lot about people (not always a good thing), but you’re able to help those who do need help. I’m sure there are many we miss outside the church walls, but we try to help those we can … and those we hear about.

    Great question…

  25. jackie chesnutt says:

    Trey, I want to agree with Patrick that there is nothing more fun than giving; in fact, after reading his post, I find it interesting that his retire plans match mine! But,it’s a toss-up for me between saying giving is the best or the situation you were in of telling folks there’s enough already given! That is really fun, too! God bless you.

  26. jackie chesnutt says:

    Oops…..following ‘retire’ add ‘ment’

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