Appalachian Thursday–When there’s a need

lasagna-kidsOur little, mountain church got word not long ago that some missionary friends on the far side of the world need a van. The old one gave up the ghost and transportation is important.

There were probably folks who thought about sending a few dollars, doing what they could. But a van, even used, well that would cost a good bit.

The kids, though, they got serious and began brainstorming ideas to help. They settled on a lasagna supper. They wouldn’t charge, they’d just ask for donations and have a few things to raffle off. They also thought about karaoke, but who does that?

Well, the adults got behind the idea. Donations came in for food and raffle items. Volunteers set to work helping the young’uns get their project off the ground. And one elder of the church mentioned in men’s Bible study that the kids wanted to do karaoke–ain’t that a hoot?

Such a hoot, that the next thing he knew, he’d been challenged to sing for his supper. And a fair amount of cash money was put up to see him do it.

The night of the supper the kids donned their aprons and served plates of pasta, salad, and rolls. The ladies set up a dessert table. That elder stood off to the side, trying to look calm.

mike-singingWhen he got up on the stage, he introduced the band–mandolin, guitar, and bass guitar. “This is how we sang karaoke when I was a kid,” he said. Then he took a deep breath and they were off. “Sing to the living God,” the tune went. The crowd grabbed the beat and kept a steady rhythm. Verses, choruses, instrumentals, steady on through to the end and a round of thunderous applause.

Then an encore of “Rocky Top,” just for fun.

The kids pretty well finished off the dessert table while the donation jars were emptied and counted. And the grand total was . . .

. . . $2,600 that will help buy a van for a missionary family on the far side of the world.

Amen to that.

10 thoughts on “Appalachian Thursday–When there’s a need

    1. Not at all! Checks can be made out to Riceville Valley Church and mailed to the church at 2342 Riceville Road, Asheville, NC 28805. Just write “Shelton’s van” on the check.

      Wish you’d been there (and had contributed to the dessert table!).

  1. Pamela Frey

    You heart and the way you share it in your written voice ( it’s too natural to be called writing) amazes me. I see that same heart mirrored in your Mama. Thank you for sharing!

  2. A dream, a wish, a Promise ~ But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
    What a testimony to the children of God’s faithfulness. Believe and receive. So wonderful.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    (and look at all the fun and food people had together!!)

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