A church in Texas, United States surprised its members last Sunday by handing out checks in amounts from $250 to $1,000.
Preston Meadow Lutheran Church handed out $125,000 to its congregants that day, KDFW-TV reports.
KDFW reported that Pastor Paul Mussachio detailed the surprise of the churchgoers when he began handing out the checks.
“In the envelope was either $250, $500 or $1,000, but I didn’t tell them that until they sat back down,” Mussachio said. “I didn’t tell them that because I wanted to create that anticipation and really let this hit home with them of just how big of a deal this was going to be.”
“They were given the encouragement to go out and be a blessing to others,” Mussachio added, and said the check had to be cashed within 30 days, had to be spent on or donated to wherever it was most needed, and must not be given back to the church.
A church pamphlet reportedly included in the envelope read,
“We are blessed to be a blessing, so look for those around you who are in need of this kind of blessing right now.”
The pamphlet also quoted Luke 6:38, and read, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
It was also reported that Mussachio drew the inspiration from another church experiment in which fourth-graders were given much smaller amounts of money to do with what they pleased with.