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Vol.  10  No. 7 July 2008  Page 16
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Priscilla's Page By Marilyn LaStrape *Editor's Note*

Sylvia Flippin PettyThe Basket in the Collection Tray

By Sylvia Petty

    “Momma, what is the basket for?” the little girl asked her mother one Sunday morning. “It’s for the children,” answered the mother. That answer satisfied the little girl until some 60 years later the basket was gone.

Modena Welch Flippin   What was the story of the basket that had always been in the collection plate at that congregation of the Lord’s people? Every time the little girl attended worship in the little country church building in East Texas, the basket was there. Then, one Sunday it was gone. Her mother had passed on to eternity, as had her grandparents. Only one aunt remained who had the answer to “What is the basket for?” Why was it there? In no other assembly had she seen the basket—only in that little East Texas congregation where her parents and generations before had worshipped.

    The answer lay in the wisdom of a decision made by an elder of that little congregation in the early 1900’s. In those days, the orphan train children came to live with members of that congregation. In those days, the beginning of an orphans’ home was established. In that little congregation, two sisters had a strong difference of opinion. One opinion was held strongly that families should take orphans into their homes and raise them. Both sisters had done just that.

   A second understanding of the Scripture, James 1:27 came about in the establishment of children’s homes. Those establishing the homes asked for individuals and congregations to provide the funds for those homes. One sister was so excited and quickly adopted the idea of the children’s homes. One firmly opposed the idea. Soon division began within the little congregation. The dilemma was brought to the attention of the elders.

Piney Welch    The elders listened to the concern of the members. To the surprise of one of the elders, the division was rooted within his very own family; the two sisters were his own two daughters. His dark eyes focused as he firmly stated, “I will deal with this.” He went home after the meeting, then, returned to the eldership with a solution, which was approved by the complete eldership.

   The very next, Sunday the little basket appeared in the collection plate. The elder announced to the congregation there had been some concern about money being taken from the treasury to give to the establishment of a children’s home. He further announced from this day forward no money would be taken from the treasury, but any and all money placed in the little basket in the middle of the collection plate would be directed to the support of the home for children.

   From that day forward, the little basket was full to overflowing. More contribution was placed in the little basket than had previously been allocated from the treasury. The monies placed outside the basket would continue to be placed in the general treasury. The treasury did not suffer nor did those children in need. There was no more division; a wise eldership cared for its flock and returned peace to the membership.

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