Early in 1977, John Haggai, a well-known evangelist, challenged Randy Pope to “attempt something so great for God, that it is doomed to failure unless God be in it.” With that statement burning in his heart, Randy was to begin a mission church in Northeast Atlanta. He, Carol, and infant son, Matt, moved to Atlanta with virtually no contacts and limited money. It seemed the work was doomed to failure in those first weeks! Randy and Carol found themselves with $10.00 in their pockets, and rent due on Monday.
That Sunday they visited a church and met an old friend, but the Popes didn’t feel led to share their needs with this man. Until they received their first check from their new employer, The Presbyterian Church in America, they would need approximately $600 for deposit, rent, food and necessities. As the offering was being taken, their friend wrote a check and instead of placing it in the offering plate, he slipped it into Randy’s pocket. The check was for $600. Randy and Carol were awed that God was truly blessing their plans.
*Excerpt taken from: “Perimeter Church: The First Ten Years 1977-1987”, written and compiled by Kathy Griffin Stewart.