1. That no report from the Treasurer for one whole year be given.
2. That no one ask him any questions during this one year period.
The church gulped, but finally agreed, since he was a trusted man in the community, and well known, because most of them did business with him as manager of the local elevator. At the end of the year he gave this report:
The indebtedness of R750,000 on the church was paid. The minister's salary was increased. Missions giving had doubled. There were no outstanding bills, and there was a cash balance of R 52,000.
Immediately a shocked congregation asked, "How?" Quietly he answered, "Most of you bring your grain to my elevator. As you did business with me I simply withheld some percent on your behalf and gave it to the church in your name. You never missed it. Do you see what we could do for the Lord if we were willing to trust the Lord with our finances, who actually really owns it?"