Rev. Gale challenged the Broxton Circuit churches and the Lone Hill-Excelsior Charge to raise $6,000 in six weeks to install a water well in the Congo.
Six weeks later, Rev. Beverly King of Broxton UMC and Rev. Mary Ann Braswell of Lone Hill and Excelsior UMCs reported that the churches had raised more than $12,176 – enough for two wells instead of one. They presented Rev. Gale with two checks, one from Broxton UMC and one from Lone Hill UMC, at a special celebratory service of the water wells for Africa.
The five small churches, with a combined membership of less than 300 total, raised the funds by collecting donations from their communities, receiving special church offerings, hosting a pancake supper, selling baked goods, and many other ways.
In addition to raising more than $12,000, church tithes increased during this time instead of decreasing from this project. This just goes to show even the small churches can do big things when God is in it. Church leaders give God all the glory for these and many things he has done recently in their area.