Not long ago a couple of friends and I were in Homer City as volunteers for the Ramps of Hope ministry of the Indiana District of the United Methodist Church. We were taking measurements for a person who was in need of a ramp.
After we had completed our work, loaded up the truck and moved on to the next site, I realized that my planning folder had fallen out of my briefcase. The folder included plans, receipts, drawings, contacts and other important information for the ministry.
We backtracked several times but with no success finding the missing folder.
When I got home, frustrated to say the least, I began to make a list of what I needed to recreate. About an hour later, I received a phone call from Pastor Joe Stains of Homer City United Methodist Church, who said two young boys had found a folder and brought it to the church. Pastor Joe would normally not be in the office at this time in the late afternoon, but God had other plans.
These two young men could have just trashed the folder. It was of no value to them, but they did the right thing, even when no one was looking. That is integrity.
Austin Jacobsky and Alex Pribesh, thank you for returning the folder. Your parents should be very proud; your action saved me hours of work and taught me yet another lesson in trust.
May God bless you and your families.
Homer City United Methodist Church