Last year, the First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina was conducting their traditional offering when one of the counters came across an envelope that stopped her dead in her tracks.
But it wasn’t the amount of money that was so moving…it was the message.
“After the service we have a couple of people called counters who process the offerings and put them in our safe,” Pastor Patrick Hamrick told ABC News. “The secretary called me over and in the envelope was a dime, a nickel, and three cents. That was the 18 cents. We flipped it over and the note was there.”
Scrawled in blue pen, the note read, “Please don’t be mad. I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God bless.”
“We were very touched by it,” said Hamrick. “I just had a phone call from the person who says that he’s the one.”
One church member, Barry Collins, said he thinks the man left the envelope behind after their Sunday breakfast. The church does what’s called a “Muffin Ministry” each Sunday where they offer a free breakfast to the homeless people in their community.
Pastor Hamrick told the stranger that he could get the community together to help him if he would make his identity known, but he wanted to remain anonymous.“He’s asked me to keep it between me, God, and the church,” said Hamrick. “He’s not upset about it, he just feels that he wants to be private. I have to honor it professionally.”