A church hears that one of its sister congregations has been destroyed. They take up an offering of only a dollar per person that chooses to. (The reason for only accepting a dollar is so that all can give. The small child can say that he or she gave as much as everyone else.) Then they send a check for the amount collected to the church that was destroyed. A mustard seed is planted.Now imagine.
All the ELCA churches in Columbus find out that one of our sister congregations was destroyed. They take up an offering of a dollar each. They all send a check for the amount collected to the church that was destroyed. The mustard seed has grown into a full size plant.Now Dream Dreams
ALL the ELCA churches in the United States find out either through their Bishop or via a Facebook Page that one of our sister congregations has been destroyed. Many of the congregations choose to take up an offering of no more than one dollar a person. They all send a check for the amount collected to the church that was destroyed. The mustard seed is now an orchard.
This is what started at Reformation Lutheran on May 1, 2011. There was another offering on May 8th and a check was sent to Christ Lutheran Church in Cullman, Ala. Hopefully by this time next year we will have realized the Dream of Dreams. The name of this venture is called Dollars For Disasters. A letter was emailed to almost all of the pastors in Columbus telling them of the idea. A Facebook page was set up to communicate hope and progress.
The best possible outcome would be that Dollars For Disasters never needs to be used, but that is unlikely. I need to add here that Lutheran Disaster Relief plays a large part when things like this happen and they can always use your support. Dollars For Disasters is a just a small part of the total picture. So, that is where we are at this point in time.