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A minister concluded that his church was getting into serious financial troubles.Coincidentally, by chance, while checking the church storeroom, he discovered several cartons of new bibles that had never been opened and distributed.
So at his Sunday sermon, he asked for three volunteers from the congregation who would be willing to sell the bibles door-to-door for $10 each to raise the desperately needed money for the church.
Mike, Rod, and Vincey all raised their hands to volunteer for the task. The reverend knew that Mike and Rod earned their living as sales reps and were likely capable of selling some bibles but he had serious doubts about Vincey.
Vincey was just a little local farmer, who had always tended to keep to himself because he was embarrassed by his speech impediment. Poor little Louis stuttered very badly. But, not wanting to discourage poor Louis, the reverend decided to let him try anyway.
He sent the three of them away with the back seats of their cars stacked with bibles and asked them to meet with him and report the results of their door-to-door selling efforts the following Sunday and which they did.
Anxious to find out how successful they were, the reverend immediately asked Mike, “Well, Mike, how did you make out selling our bibles last week?”
Proudly handing the reverend an envelope, Mike replied, “Father, using my sales prowess, I was able to sell 20 bibles, and here’s the 200 dollars I collected on behalf of the church.”
“Fine job, Mike!”The reverend said, vigorously shaking his hand. “You are indeed a fine salesman and the Church is indebted to you.”
Turning to Rod, he asked “And Rod, how many bibles did you manage to sell for the church last week?”
Rod, smiling and sticking out his chest, confidently replied, “Reverend, I am a professional salesman and was happy to give the church the benefit of my sales expertise.Last week I sold 28 bibles on behalf of the church, and here’s 280 dollars I collected.
“The reverend responded,” that’s absolutely splendid, Rod.You are truly a professional salesman and the church is also indebted to you.”
Apprehensively, the reverend turned to little Vincey and said, “And Vincey, did you manage to sell any bibles last week? “Vincey silently offered the reverend a large envelope. The reverend opened it and counted the contents.
“What is this?” the reverend exclaimed. “Vincey, there’s 3200 dollars in here! Are you suggesting that you sold 320 bibles for the church, door to door, in just one week? Vincey just nodded.
That’s impossible!” both Mike and Rod said in unison. “We are professional salesmen, yet you claim to have sold 10 times as many bibles as we could.”
“Yes, this does seem unlikely,” the reverend agreed.”I think you’d better explain how you managed to do accomplish this, Vincey.”
Vincey shrugged.”I-I-I- re-re-really do-do-don’t kn-kn-know f-f-f-for sh-sh-sh-sure,” he stammered.
Impatiently, Mike interrupted.”For crying out loud, Vincey, just tell us what you said to them when they answered the door!”
“A-a-a-all I-I-I s-s-said wa-wa was,” Louis replied,
“W-w-w-w-would y-y-y-you l-l-l-l-l-like t-t-to b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this b-b-b-b-bible f-f-for t-t-ten b-b-b-bucks —o-o-o-or— wo-wo-would yo-you j-j-j-just l-like m-m-me t-t-to st-st-stand h-h-here and r-r-r-r-r-read it t-to y-y-you?”
Thanks to PH and…
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