She did not waste time on small talk.
When Margaret called me twice a month on Wednesdays, she simply said : ‘Can you bring some sandwiches for Sunday?’
I obliged and brought dainty crustless sandwiches to our after service fellowship times. All the ladies brought food ; we looked forward to these times.
I thought, though, that it would be nice to feed others in the village too.
Three times I suggested to our ladies’ group that we could offer a free monthly soup kitchen , or maybe a dessert night to people in the community, as a sign of friendship, and a way to introduce Jesus to others.
However, I am rather soft-spoken, and when I made my suggestion, Susan, the most boisterous of our group would loudly say : ‘That’s too much WORK’, and the ladies would chuckle.
Imagine my surprise when Margaret called and told me that our group was planning to host a dessert night, with tea and coffee, for the public . I felt that my suggestion had been heard !
Immediately I knew that I would contribute my favourite cheesecake.
Then came the disappointing news. They were planning to charge a $7.00 a person admission price for dessert night. I was hoping that dessert night would be free.
The church had some unexpected expenses, and so the ladies organized a fundraiser.
If we wonder why people are not lining up to join our churches, we might consider whether or not we present ourselves as closed cliques to outsiders.
May the Lord make us increasingly sensitive to ways in which we can present the saving grace of the gospel to others.