Nushka Posted December 14, 2006 Share Posted December 14, 2006 A pastor concluded that his church was getting into serious financial >troubles 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. > >Jack, Paul and Louie all raised their hands to volunteer for the task. >The minister knew that Jack and Paul earned their living as salesmen >and were likely capable of selling some bibles. But he had serious >doubts about Louie who was a local farmer, who had always kept to >himself because he was embarrassed by his speech impediment. Poor Louis stuttered badly. > >But, not wanting to discourage Louis, the minister decided to let him try anyway. > >He sent the three of them away with the back seat of their cars stacked with bibles. He asked them to meet with him and report the results of their door-to-door selling efforts the following Sunday. > >Anxious to find out how successful they were, the minister immediately asked Jack, "Well, Jack, how did you make out selling our bibles last week?" > >Proudly handing the reverend an envelope, Jack replied, "Using my sales prowess, I was able to sell 20 bibles, and here's the $200 I collected on behalf of the church." >"Fine job, Jack!" The minister said, vigorously shaking his hand. > >"You are indeed a fine salesman and the Church is indebted to you." > >Turning to Paul, "And Paul, how many bibles did you sell for the church last week?" > >Paul, smiling and sticking out his chest, confidently replied," I am a professional salesman. I sold 28 bibles on behalf of the church, and here's $280 I collected." > >The minister responded, "That's absolutely splendid, Paul. You are >truly a professional salesman and t he church is also indebted to you." > >Apprehensively, the minister turned to Louie and said, "And Louie, did you manage to sell any bibles last week?" Louie silently offered the minister a large envelope. > >The minister opened it and counted the contents. "What is this?" the >minister exclaimed. "Louie, there's $3200 in here! Are you suggesting that you sold 320 bibles for the church, door to door, in just one week?" Louie just nodded. > >"That's impossible!" both Jack and Paul 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 minister agreed. "I think you'd >better explain how you managed to accomplish this, Louie." > >Louie 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, Peter interrupted. "For crying out loud, Louie, 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??" Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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