Over the last few weeks, our church Finance Team has considered selling one of our church buses. We rarely need both buses at the same time. Plus, we needed to upgrade to newer buses designed for our needs when traveling long distances.
On a recent youth trip, one of the tires went out. While the tire was being repaired, one of the technicians asked if we would ever consider selling the bus. He informed our staff that he was a member of a brand-new church that wanted to reach their community for Jesus. They needed a bus to go around their community to pick up children for Sunday School and church. They were told we were considering selling the bus and we would be happy to talk to them if they were interested and if the bus would only be used for local trips. After they looked at the bus, they offered us $4,000 to purchase it. It was going to be a financial stretch for them, but they needed this tool. Their offer was taken back to the Fort Caroline Baptist Church Finance Team for consideration.
It was at this time that John Shultz and I had the same idea. We felt impressed of the Lord to donate the bus to this new church rather than sell it. After prayer, the Finance Team unanimously agreed. I called the pastor and told him that after considering his offer, we had decided that we could not sell them the church bus. He said he understood and appreciated our consideration. I was able to then tell him, “Pastor, we are not going to sell you the bus, we are going to give it to you!” He was so thrilled and humbled at how God had provided for their church need!
This is just another example of our church’s commitment to our mission to love God, love others, and serve the world. For us, it was not about the money. It was about investing in God’s kingdom. So today, the Browntown Baptist Church in Kingsland, Georgia, has a church bus going around the community picking up boys and girls to learn about Jesus. You had a part in that! Through the church you love and serve, we are able to bless others. May God be glorified in all things.
Thank you for your continued financial support, involvement, and prayers. And thank you for helping us to reach others with the gospel of Jesus Christ here and around the world.