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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
happy that they found room for her, and 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. Her parents called for the kind-hearted pastor who had
befriended their daughter to handle the final arrangements.

As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled red 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 so more children can go to Sunday School.”

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
wealthy realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many

When told that the church could not pay so much,
he offered to sell it to the little church for 57 cents.

Church members made large donations. 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 TempleBaptistChurch, with a seating capacity of
3,300. And be sure to visit TempleUniversity, where thousands of students are educated.

Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School building which houses
hundreds of beautiful children, built 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. Russel H. Conwell, author of the book, “Acres
of Diamonds”

This is a true story, which goes to show what god can do with 57 cents.