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You should get this guy to sell cookbooks!!

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


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.

Eager 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 the 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, Paul 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


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