One Texas church recently gave away $22,000 to members of its congregation. However, there was a catch.
The Grace Church of Humble, Texas showed incredible generosity this season by giving away money. Leaders of the church handed out sealed envelopes containing different amounts of cash to members. Some people received $6.00. Others as much as $500.
"Who gives away money, right?," said Violet Stephens, a member of the church.
The catch? Members of the congregation are expected to give the money away to people in their community as random acts of kindness.
"Go out, and make a difference in your world," Pastor Scott Jones told the audience.
Church members are excited about their mission.
"Because I really believe God's going to show us the right person who really needs it," said Lori Willett.
"Whatever we do with this, we know it's going to reap a blessing," Stephens explained. "And you know it'll be so exciting to see what it is."
To help create a buzz throughout the community, the recipients of the cash discovered the amount was in the form of two dollar bills.
"I'd probably give it to someone who was on the street," said Payara Cropper.
"Try to get them some food and warm clothes and blankets, for sure," said Graciela Amaya, another church member. "We just sometimes forget to. We're busy working, working, working, and we forget about the other people."
"Throw a big party for the veterans," suggested Craig Joubert.
"It would definitely bring back the Christmas cheer in the holiday season," said Lisa Joubert.
The church has created a website for members to share the creative ways they've blessed people in need. The website is entitled "The Need to Seed" to reflect the importance of planting seeds of generosity.