The collection counting was complete, and there was only 1150 shillings (60 cents) in the middle ‘construction’ basket. Although the other two ‘general’ collection baskets had more, the lady counting the ‘construction’ basket was extremely disappointed. She took it upon herself to challenge the congregation.
“Waromo tyeko di ot awene!?” – When will we finish the floor!?
After some murmurings another song started, a few people gave a bit more and a little bit was (sort of) discretely shifted from the ‘general’ baskets to the ‘construction’ one. The new total was announced with a big smile.
“Aliba bichel, mia bic! :D” – 6500 (3.25 dollars)
That won’t be enough to cement extremely bumpy dirt floor, but it will help. The people attending our wonderful Acholi service really don’t have much, but they’re willing to give to their church out of nearly nothing. On my medical course I learnt about the billions Bill Gates and co are giving away for malaria and HIV, but I can’t help thinking that on balance, these people give more. I’ve only ever given out of my riches, and I’m humbled by these people’s generosity. I’m pretty sure though that they won’t win a philanthropy prize!
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”