Christ Church By-The-Sea
The Church is now an official landmark of Panama and as such falls to the bottom of the list when it comes to money to be allocated for work projects.
A web listing seeking donations to:
Christ Church By The Sea In Care Of Reverend Julio Murnay,
Colon, Republica De Panama
and his telephone numbers are: 507-441-0283 Office and 507-441-4317 at his home.
This information was received from the reverend personally, a year ago,
when Rogelio Pessoa, RCHS '59, last spoke to him about the conditions of the church.
I am sure a few dollars from people worldwide would get things started towards restoring the church. "Just Cause" certainly did not help with the destruction of some of the stained glass windows.
A sobbing little girl stood near a
small church from which she had been turned away
because it 'was too crowded.' "I can't go to Sunday
School," she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by.
Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the
pastor guessed the reason and, taking her by the
hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the
Sunday School class. The child was so touched
that she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no Place to worship Jesus.
Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of
the poor tenement buildings and the parents called for the kindhearted pastor, who had befriended their daughter, to handle the final arrangements. As her poor
little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled
purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged
from some trash dump.
Inside was found 57 cents and a note scribbled in childish handwriting which read, "This is to help build the little church bigger." For two years she had saved for this offering of love. When the pastor tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do.
Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook
to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish
love and devotion. He challenged his deacons to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building.
But the story does not end there! A newspaper learned of the story and published it. It was read by a Realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands. When told that the church could not pay so much, he
offered it for 57 cents.
Church members made large subscriptions. Checks came
from far and wide. Within five years the little girl's gift had increased to $250,000.00 -- a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends.
When you are in the city of Philadelphia, look up Temple Baptist Church, with a seating capacity of 3,300, and Temple University, where hundreds of students are trained. Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School building which houses hundreds of Sunday scholars, so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time.
In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the
picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents,so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history.Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind pastor, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, author of the book, "Acres of Diamonds." - a true story.
Goes to show....WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH 57 cents.