By Robert Stitt
Who orders pizza at church? Apparently more people than you might think. A Domino’s driver recently showed up at the Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington, Ohio, with a hot pie.The hot delivery was not for a Friday night youth group or Saturday woman’s retreat, but was scheduled during Holy Spirit prime time, right in the middle of Sunday worship.
The driver, known only as Natasha, was greeted over the PA system when she arrived with the steaming goods and was asked to come up front to the pulpit. Instead of fearing an odd cult-like demise, Natasha trusted the people of Sycamore Creek Church and stepped up in front of the congregation. She handed the pizza over to Reverend Steve Markle, who gave it a cursory once-over and passed it off to someone behind him. He then asked the driver what the largest tip she ever made was. She told him it was around $10. Markle then handed the young woman a $20 bill and commented to her and the congregation that she had just earned her largest tip, almost $15 on a $6 pizza.
Pastor Markle told Natasha, “We’ve been teaching our church this last month about being generous, and so we did something special for you today. We took up a special offering for a tip for you.” He told her that she earned her $15, but that “this” was a gift. Reaching over to a table, Markle pulled out a wad of bills several inches thick and gave it to her.
Markle said that all three services had contributed to a special offering in accordance with the month’s “Random Acts of Kindness” missions message. Then, he let her in on the secret: the bundle of cash had $1,046 in it. As the driver broke down in tears and embraced the pastor, he commented, “I hope that this can help you. I don’t know what’s going on in your life.”
She responded, “”It can help a lot.Thank you so much. Thank you, everybody.”
Even if Natasha never goes back to the church, she will carry with her the memory of the unearned favor selflessly bestowed upon her and the knowledge that Jesus did the same thing in a much bigger way.
What did the church get for their $1,000? If you’re a cynic, you will note that they got well more than $1,000 worth of advertising. Wise deal. But, if you look at it from a spiritual standpoint, the church helped a young woman in need. They may have helped save a soul, the congregation learned a lesson, and people around the nation have bee inspired as the video has reached (maybe surpassed by now) near viral status.
All I can say is, “To God be the glory. Amen”