There once was a church that fell upon hard times. The church had only five remaining members which included the pastor and four others. They had all been members of the church for many years and now in their golden years were not sure how to save their church. There was an older, retired Bishop that lived in the mountains not too far from the church. So one day the pastor decided to pay a visit to the Bishop and see if he might have any advice to help save the church. The Bishop and the pastor had a nice long visit, but when the pastor finally asked the Bishop for guidance, he simply responded by saying, “There is no advice I can give to you on this matter. The only thing I can tell you is that one of you is the Messiah.”
The pastor, dumbfounded, returned to the church and shared with the members what the Bishop said. The church members spent the following months considering the words of the Bishop. They continued to ask themselves, “The Messiah is one of us?” The more they considered the possibility, each of them began to treat each other with extraordinary respect not being sure which one among them might be the Messiah. They also began to care for themselves with great care as well just in case they, themselves, were the Messiah.
Time passed and visitors to the church could not help but notice the great aura of respect and gentle kindness that surrounded these five old members of the small church. Word spread quickly and it began to draw more and more people to come back to the church. People began bringing friends, and their friends brought more friends. In just a few short years, that small church had grown once again to become a thriving church all thanks to the Bishop’s “gift.”
The season of giving is just ahead of us. We as Lions know a little something about giving. It’s a big part of who we are and what we do, both as clubs and individuals. Many clubs will make much needed donations to food banks, Toys for Tots, winter coat and clothing drives, homeless shelters, and the list goes on and on. Consider including Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) in your year-end giving. LCIF responded quickly to the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. They were there to provide assistance to our neighbors in Connellsville who were ravaged by floods just a little more than a year ago. You can donate as an individual or a club and have confidence that your donation will be used wisely. In fact, you can even specify how you would like it to be used.
So whether you’re a club looking to honor a member as a Melvin Jones Fellow or an individual looking to make a difference, you know that your donation to LCIF makes a difference not only here, but around the world. In fact, Charity Navigator just rated LCIF 94.73 out of 100, with a score of 100 out of 100 for accountability and transparency.
2nd VDG David DeFazio