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Too-accurate coincidence of timing prompts willingness to donate

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A few years ago, Joe Van Hagen of Royal Oak, Michigan opened some mail from a charity that he and his wife were donating to at that time. The letter mentioned that the charity was fundraising for some new buses, since the old ones were wearing out badly. The letter said that if everyone who received this letter donated $100, they would be able to replace all their buses.

Joe didn’t have the money at that time, so he decided not to contribute.

The next letter he opened was a completely unexpected $1000 check from his wife Christine’s father’s estate.

Her father had died a year earlier, and this must have been one final disbursement. Joe remarked to Christine that if they were to do what they normally do, and tithe 10% of that money, it would come to $100. Exactly the amount requested by the charity. They decided that it was a sign they should go ahead, and they did.

Submitted by Joe Van Hagen,
Royal Oak, Michigan

Does the Bible suggest that God can work this way?  For example, line things up so that both the bus charity and the VanHagens benefit in an earthly and spiritual way? 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  (John 14:26)

How found out about this story:  Bill Griffin, Managing Editor of is friends with Joe.


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Last modified on July 19, 2015

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