Mile of Pennies
Children's Mission Organizations, Sunday School classes, Vacation Bible School classes, and others are always looking for ways to help the children at Missouri Baptist Children's Home. Cave Springs Baptist Church in Neosho created the idea of collecting a "Mile of Pennies" to be donated to the Children's Home. They discovered that sixteen pennies, placed side-by-side, equal one foot. Since there are 5,280 feet in one mile, it takes 84,480 pennies to stretch one mile. That is $844.80 which can be used to care for hurting children.
Many churches have developed programs in their missions organizations and Vacation Bible Schools to have children collect the pennies. Pennies can be collected at each meeting of the RA's, GA's, Acteens, AWANA's, etc. The "Mile of Pennies" campaign is a great mission offering project for VBS. Groups can compete with each other, girls can compete against boys, children can compete against adults — the possibilities are numerous. The winner of the contest can win a prize, but the big winners are the children at Missouri Baptist Children's Home.
Giving a Mile of Pennies for MBCH can be a tremendous way to demonstrate to children that any size gift to God can be blessed for His service.
"Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd put their money in the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts, but a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling His disciples to Him, Jesus said, 'I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she gave out of her poverty.'" Mark 12:41-44