SP True Stories: Above and beyond delayed reward

20 Jul

(personal testimony)

Many times, in the middle 90s, our family served in a church about an hour away from where we lived.  We loved the church and had lots of friends there.  But I can’t remember ever receiving any significant financial honorarium for our times of serving.  We weren’t concerned, since we loved the people and loved serving alongside them.

Years later, that church disbanded.  In the liquidation proceedings they decided to disperse their assets through a foundation which handles distribution of estates and trusts, etc.  The church chose several tax-exempt ministries to receive their assets.  We had no idea that this was happening, but to our complete and great surprise, we were selected as one of the beneficiaries.  This foundation sent us scheduled quarterly payments for seven years… the total amount of which, far surpassed any potential honorariums we would have received from that church.

Part of this unexpected blessing can be attributed to the principle of sowing and reaping, but the cleanest part about it is that we weren’t concerned about the payback.  Our serving was “as unto our Lord”. (Eph 6:7)

It’s been about 25 years since our involvement with that church and those quarterly payments stopped nearly 10 years ago.  But just recently we received another check for over $6K from that same foundation.  Completely unexpected, without adequate explanation, very timely and totally appreciated!

Our Great Banker saw our labors of love in that church many years ago.  He saw and never forgot.  His timing is perfect.  His care and over-the-top blessing system is the very best!  Thank you, Father!!!!



8 Responses to “SP True Stories: Above and beyond delayed reward”

  1. Brian Spence July 20, 2018 at 11:19 PM #

    Wow! Love this !

    Haven’t heard from you in awile, everything ok?


    • Mark Hendrickson July 21, 2018 at 8:31 AM #

      Doing great. Traveling more than normal. But really satisfying… and a great adventure. I follow your email updates. Loved reading your reports. Especially proud of Abigail… she’s growing up fast! Love to you and yours!

  2. nowandzenmind July 21, 2018 at 8:56 PM #

    I look fwd to invite ya to a lunch… Mark!Perhaps that thai place again …where the food was great and ice cold imported beer on a hot summers day..

    This makes for a great conversation

    • Mark Hendrickson July 21, 2018 at 10:19 PM #

      Let’s do it. I think that would be great. Sometime in the week of Aug 12 would work for me.

  3. Theresa Turnbull July 22, 2018 at 11:27 AM #

    This is soooo awesome. How I rejoice with you.
    God is GoOD!!!!!

    Joy in Jesus,
    Theresa Turnbull -Chaplain / Activity Director
    GSS Comforcare – Austin, MN

    • Mark Hendrickson July 22, 2018 at 12:50 PM #

      Theresa, you are wonderful example of childlike love for Jesus. We are all so proud of you!!!! Thank you for inspiring our lives! May our Lord fulfill your greatest desires!!!

  4. lisacervera July 22, 2018 at 5:32 PM #

    Wow! What an awesome testimony! God is so good! Thanks for sharing it.

    • Mark Hendrickson July 22, 2018 at 11:10 PM #

      Thank you Lisa. Don’t you imagine that Jesus just loves to hear us telling the stories… then giving others the faith for that same thing to happen in their lives. Well…. May it happen many times for you, too!!!!

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