god is teaching us what it means to give and receive as a community
Christa Cuffie, Worship Leader at Detroit Church:
Back in July, my sister and brother-in-law blindfolded me, took me on a fake ride and totally surprised me with my first car – totally for free! That was a crazy blessing, because I don’t make a lot of money working at Rite-Aid, and I just could not save enough to get myself a car. The truth is that car was sitting for a month after they gave it to me because I didn’t even have enough money to get that free car up and running and registered. A lot of people were asking me why I wasn’t driving my free whip. I would go outside and sit in that parked car and pray for God to help me. At worship practice, the team was asking why I wasn’t driving. One of our Creative Team core values is to "be fully real" so I was honest about my financial struggles with them.
One Sunday after service, the worship team came up to me and surrounded me with hugs. Then Julia pulled me aside and handed me an envelope with almost $300 from the whole team in it. I was amazed, but she said, “This is just to get started! We are going to get you the rest to keep you going.”
3 days later, I was at work when I felt my phone vibrate. It was a text from my cash exchange app: “Here is a lesson in receiving ” - $2,000 from Julia! I couldn’t believe it! Because of the generosity of this family, I was able to get insurance, registration, tags, new tires, and a new battery, and get myself on the road. And just the other day, I pulled into the gas station and Dele filled my tank up for me. God is literally using His people to keep me and my car on the road. If it wasn’t for the willing and obedient hearts of HIS children, my car would still be chillin’ in the alley, true story.