If you are wondering why we're doing this $10 Challenge, see how Pastor Matt has challenged us to create a moment with someone else.
In my travels, I’ve routinely passed a young high school student who walks through the cold and damp to her afternoon job at Burger King. I located her at through the drive through one evening and gave her the envelope with a note:
This ten dollars is not meant to be monetary, but a token. Of faith and goodness. Take it. And remember your cold, wet walks to work, that they didn’t go unnoticed, you’re appreciated.
I am a registered nurse at a very busy doctors office. I had a patient come in Who was not doing well. He had walked to the office. He needed to go to the emergency room. He had a companion with him. We called an ambulance to take him to the hospital, but the companion was worried about how she was going to get home from the hospital. I gave her the $10 sealed in the envelope that it came in and told her it was a gift from God and it was to help her get home from the hospital. She was so grateful she called us all angels.
As soon as I opened the envelope with the $10, two people came to my mind. I’ll have a great niece who struggles daily. She doesn’t believe in God. I help her as much as I can and as often as I can. I bought a devotional and wrote a note about the GCC $10 Challenge. I told her God loves her and died on the cross for her sins and mine. I told her that I still struggle daily with temptation and other sins but I am growing in my faith and hope by reading the Bible and trying to become more Christ-like. I am not good at ministering but a good friend once told me to just plant the seed and the Holy Spirit will do the rest.
The second person is my best friend since fourth grade. I did the same for her. I told her to read John 3:16. I told her I want to be friends here on earth and in heaven
I will continue to find people to minister to in this way because it opens the door for more communication.
I truly believe both my nice and friend will accept Jesus as their savior. One seed at a time.
I am not a member of Grace church but my daughter Kathy is and she told me about the $10 Pastor Matt gave everyone at church to give to someone in need. Well I was in Walmart yesterday and the lady who was checking out in front of me told the clerk to keep adding up her order and tell her how much the total was, when the clerk got to a certain amount the lady told her to stop that was all she could afford to pay. Just at that moment,Kathy’s story came to my mind and I told the clerk to put the the rest of the groceries on my bill and give them to her. She was so appreciative she thanked me with tears in her eyes., she went on to tell me she just got her aunt out of a nursing home and is taking care of her and only had so much to spend. Ironically the groceries only totaled $10.56 I would’ve paid for them no matter what the cost because it gave me so much joy in that moment to be able to help her out. Pastor Matt your $10 idea is working!!!🙏🏻God bless that lady for caring for her aunt. God meant for that lady to cross MY path so I could help her.
I have a friend who has severe arthritis in her feet so that she is in constant pain when she walks. She has been very discouraged so I took her a lantern engraved with the words to the song Amazing Grace on it and an African violet inside. I did not know that violets are her favorite flower.
Flew from Pittsburgh to Miami. There was a delay in Pittsburgh so it put me in Miami 20 minutes before my flight. I was using the wheel chair service. A little old man said we can not take the tram u will miss your connection. He took off on a jog and ran me from one end of the airport to the other. Got me there 5 minutes to spare. He said he puts in 20 miles a day. He was my hero. Your 10 dollar challenge made me express my gratitude more than I ever would have.
Thank you pastor matt for giving messages and challenging all of us to walk out into the world and spread love to others
We have been carrying our $10 bills around with us since the service last Sunday. This past weekend, we were in downtown Pittsburgh for a Penguins game and then to see Hamilton. I had a feeling there would be some people in need, so I stuck the $10s in my purse. Sure enough, after the Pens game, Owen and I saw a man that was asking for any “pennies, nickles, and dimes” that we could spare. We both knew right away this was the man that God wanted us to help that day, so we gave each gave him the $10 that we received. Later that night, walking home from Hamilton, Andi was distraught at seeing a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk. I asked her what she thought God might want her to do in this situation and she said “probably give him money,” to which I replied, “do you remember that you are supposed to use the $10 from church to help someone in need? Do you think this is what God would want you to use it for?” She instantly lit up and although she was so upset about his situation, she was thankful that God used her to bring a little something to help him on that very cold night!
Brie Voelp, Owen Voelp, Andi Voelp
I loved this challenge! My first thought was to use it on a former co-worker who has been off work due to medical issues since the end of December, and doesn’t know when or if, she will be able to go back to work with her student. I called her Sunday afternoon and asked if she was free for lunch on Monday. She started to cry, saying she was really having a hard day and lunch would be wonderful but she insisted on paying. I explained to her what our church was doing and that I picked to spend the money on her and also spend time with her that day. She really started to cry then and through her tears accepted my offer. She didn’t want to go out so we just did take out from a local restaurant of her choice. We had a great time catching up on things and just enjoyed being together for a few hours. When I left she wanted me to make sure to tell the people at my church, especially the pastor, Thank You for the wonderful things Grace Community Church does for others.
I used mine to contribute to the relief efforts in Ukraine. The challenge has reminded me of how much I already have that I don’t really need. I am blessed with so much and will be challenging myself to continue to show God’s love to others by sharing more of what I have been given.
My husband and I put our money together and bought a beautiful bouquet of flowers for our neighbor lady who is 90 years old. She lives by herself and has no living family. We took they flowers to her and spent the evening just talking and visiting with her. It was a great evening ❤️
On Sunday March 6th, I was visiting with my Daughter’s family and I attended church with them . The Kevin and Sarah Santoro family. I live around Steubenville, Ohio. There is a shelter there called the Friendship Room where people
Can stop for coffee, a sandwich, blankets, coats, shoes, etc. I took my $10 and went to Krogers and bought some
Milk, creamer, bread, peanut butter, cheese, fruit drinks and little Debbie
Snack cakes and delivered to the Friendship room. I told them about the challenge and they were very appreciative for the donation. It will surely help someone homeless out. Thanks for the opportunity to do this.
I was falling flat on ideas. I had thought of using the money to bless a needy veteran. The problem there was I didn’t know any needy veterans. So I asked God to lead me in where the money should go. I work as a clerk in a grocery store, and a gentleman came in to buy dinner. Okay, to be honest this guy looked more like a drowned rat than a gentleman. He was an older man with dirty clothes; a truck driver hauling a load of beef. He began telling me about a problem with the microwave in his truck. I offered the use of ours for his dinner that night. We chatted about many things, and God impressed upon me to bless him with the money. He graciously took it, and said he knew many veterans, so the money would be well spent. I had not mentioned veterans to him. Turns out he was also a veteran. Before leaving he sang me a song that a child taught him. “Someone made the sandals Jesus wore” – how fitting.
This week I had been praying for God to give me direction/opportunity on how to use the $10 we received. On Wednesday I had to meet with a vendor for work, it had been a year since we had last talked. During the visit he shared with me his wife was diagnose with stage 4 lung cancer. As I listened to everything they have been through and the treatment, it was clear that this was who I needed the give the $10 too. At the end of the meeting I got the envelope out of my car and gave it to him. I explained the background of the envelope and that I had been praying about it, he was overwhelmed. I asked him to use it to take his wife out for a coffee or dessert for encouragement. Thank you for challenging us.
While checking out a patient at my office and unfortunately breaking the news that they did in fact owe one more payment when they thought they were done paying for braces for 3 kids over 10 years, we joked about breaking the news with her husband. I grabbed my $10 I’d been carrying all week and said please buy him a treat to soften the news. After telling her our church’s mission this week she also shared her good news about her sons medical condition that we have prayed over for years. An hour later she called to tell me she and her son left here, stopped and got a coffee together to celebrate and share some rare mother / son time. The son then took the remaining $4 to school so he and his sister could buy the bracelets they were selling to aid the Ukrainians. She thanked me for blessing her with those precious moments with her son and reassurance of his giving heart.
My neighbor with life limiting cancer has been on my mind for a couple weeks now. After praying about how I could help, I used my $10 toward a flower arrangement and dropped by her house and visited with her and her husband. We had the best conversation about being prepared for the best of the rest of her life and looking forward to meeting our savior. I was so blessed by our time together and I think they were too. Thank you Matt for encouraging me!
I was driving to my office on Thursday and was feeling tired and decided to get a cup of coffee. I passed the first coffee place and decided to go out of my way to my preferred coffee shop because of their awesome coffee and friendly staff. At that moment, I decided that I should give the $10 one of the baristas. There is one barista that I especially like so when I pulled up to the drive-thru and didn’t see her working, I started to second guess giving the $10. Much to my surprise, when it was my turn at the window, the barista I was thinking about came and took my coffee order. I gave her the $10 and told her how I appreciated her smiley disposition. She was so thankful!
Thanks for this challenge. It was a special way to thank someone for the way their smile (and coffee) helps to brighten my day!
I bought the devotional JESUS CALLING with the Challenge. My mother passed away 3 years ago of cancer. She always had a JESUS CALLING book to pass out to people. She passed out over 75 books and talked to people about Jesus. She claims the devotional and the Bible carried her through her traumatic journey. She was such a testimony giving her complete trust and faith to God. She sat down with me and told me, “Wendy, if it is God’s will to keep me here on Earth with my girls and my dad then that was great. However, if it was God’s will to call her home ……then she was ok with that too. She told me to remember on her last breath that she will be walking into the arms of Jesus.” At her funeral, we passed out another 200 books. I decided to buy a Jesus Calling (with the $10) to have in my purse at all times to pass out to people. Just like my mom used to do. I decided to give the book to a friend that just lost 2 close family members this month. I am not sure if she is a believer or not and that made me nervous. I gave her the book and she broke down in my arms and started crying telling me that she was picking up her relatives ashes today. We talked for awhile about God and our loved ones that we have lost. I am planning on buying another book and having one with me at all times in case God encourages me to give it to someone else. Thank you for this Challenge it has brought me closer to God.
Our first experience joining the Saturday night mass with our cousin, Kayla. We were all surprised and happy to to get $10 for the challenge. We decided to find cards and little gifts such as candy and nail polish to remind them we are here for them, we all chose a different person, our elderly neighbor, our friends, and a teacher. It was a wonder experience and opened our eyes on how something so simple could be so rewarding! Thank you!
Casi Hare and kids
Bought cards for someone feeling low & someone who deals with A LOT on a daily basis.
We gave our 2 $10’s to the family of my friend who died of Covid in January 2022. She was a 35 year old single mother of 2 kids aged 3&4. Her family will have a legal battle with the father. We pray for this special family that the children stay in the mother’s Christian family.
There’s a woman at work who has been working late and hours just to help myself and my team. She’s done this all through losing her mother and her dog. I knew she was hurting so I paid the $10 for a gratitude board to be made for her and I got my team to all write her a note of thanks on it. I decided that using the $10 was great, but we went a step further and bought her and her husband steak dinners. She said it all meant so much to her she started crying.
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