So our church had a big yard sale last weekend. It was a HUGE success! We raised around $400 for Habitat for Humanity in Nicholasville, KY. We sold a lot of stuff to the poorer community in Nicholasville the highest price on any item was $5, which was reserved for computers, video game systems, and furniture; everything else was less than a dollar, usually $0.25 or $0.50 for most items like books, DVDs, and clothes. We also took donations for Habitat. So think about that for a minute, our church of less than 20 people, raised around $400, selling stuff for less than a dollar. We also canvased the neighborhood the Wednesday night before the sale with flyers with the yard sale’s information and a coupon for $3.00 off any purchase. So we even gave some of our stuff away for FREE, and made about $400!
But we didn’t just have a yard sale, we had crafts and face paintings for kids to keep them entertained while their parents shopped. We also gave away theater style popcorn, sno cones, and hot dogs. We did all this in the heart of the HUD housing of Nicholasville KY. We feed the poor, we clothed the poor, we connected with people, we let them know we were there and we cared for them.
Many people said that they would be coming to our church the next day. Guess how many of them showed up? None. We did not see anyone from the people we had served the day before come to our church the next day. Many of us were not surprised we are an Anglican Church in the middle of the Southern Bible Belt. We are the odd people who have robes, collars, and stoles. We light candles, burn incense, and have written prayers. I believe many of our neighbors would feel very uncomfortable coming to our church, I don’t blame them. But the amazing thing is we are not going to stop loving them and serving them. In fact we will probably love and serve them more, especially now that they know we are there.
I am constantly amazed at how God chooses the least to bless the many. We are a small, pretty poor, young church; yet we show up in our neighborhood. Nicholasville is home to one of the largest churches in Kentucky, this church has 115 acres of land in Nicholasville and an average church attendance of 10,000-12,000 people each Sunday. However, it is a church meeting in a store front with an average weekly attendance of 18-25 people who constantly show up to community projects. Just as God had Gideon defeat the Midianites with a only 300 hundred men, it seems God is using a small group of people at St. Aidan’s Anglican church to serve the people of Nicholasville Kentucky.