As we finished each car, the driver had a $5 or $10.00 bill - or more - ready to hand to us. Which we refused. Instead, we gave the driver a dollar and a book mark with a short message about Jesus.
It took some convincing before our customers grasped the idea that that we were giving them a dollar for the privilege of washing their car. Doing practical things for our neighbors. Many argued for a while about who was to pay whom the money. One guy understood - he got another car and came back through again. We got to wash 2 for the price of one.
One fellow said "I can't accept this, I'm Jewish.
Chad replied, " Jesus was Jewish."
The fellow said "And a darn good one, too!" and accepted the $.
We washed a total of 63 cars, got wet, dirty and sweaty, and enjoyed every minute of it.
This project, and many others that we are working on are enlightening. We are beginning to get a better sense of "what can we do, as a community church, for others in our community" rather than "it's all about the Sunday service", and "what's in it for me?"
BTW - If you haven't noticed, Kalianne of Bygone Beauty is back on line, having had electricity and internet connected in her new home in the wilderness of Australia! We are in for some exciting pictures and stories - stop by and say Good Day with your best Aussie accent.