We are in the middle of our Honduras (and now also Haiti) change collection at WCS for the seventeenth consecutive year, working to make life easier for poverty-stricken children in Latin America. Our total at Westbury Christian is around $150,000 now. What can the Lord do with pennies? Read on! This is taken from April 18, 2006.
There was a fascinating story recently in the Houston Chronicle. The news item was about a coin collector in New York City named Scott Travers. Deliberately spending three rare pennies in the Big Apple last week, Travers is attempting to ignite interest in his obsession. The pennies, all approaching a century in age, are valued at $1,000, $350, and $200 respectively. By publicizing the circulation of the hard to find one cent pieces, Travers is encouraging the next wave of collectors to scour their loose change in hopes of finding one of the rare coins. There is no guarantee of success. About seven years ago, Travers used the same gimmick to bring attention to the annual convention of the American Numismatic Association, a national coin collecting interest group. As far as he knows, no one ever recognized finding any of those valuable pennies. My guess is that it won't be any different this time.
I appreciate what Scott Travers is trying to do. He is investing his own money for a cause he is passionate about. I lack his same enthusiasm. I, too, deal in pennies...lots of pennies. Our WCS students collect them to benefit orphans in Honduras who need a home and contact with Jesus Christ. In several weeks, the kids will bring in their specially designed WCS LOVES HONDURAS bank bottles and the pennies will flow in. Over the past seven years, we have raised over $70,000 by asking our school family to donate their pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to save the lives of little ones they will never meet face to face, this side of heaven. Scott Travers seeks quality pennies. We seek quantities of pennies. His goal is to awaken enthusiasm for collecting coins. Our goal is to awaken compassion for homeless boys. His quest is admirable. Our quest, I pray, is eternal. If you have a penny, we can make it feel wanted
Applicable quote of the day:
"Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things- a chance word, a tap on the shoulder, or a penny dropped on a newsstand- I am tempted to think, there are no little things."
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