The Lady and The Starfish

The Lady and The Starfish

Written by Dr. Bill McElwee | Board Member


The lady came bubbling up to me after Sunday worship and told me how wonderful it was that I was working in the city with Fellowship House. Then her face darkened with doubt, and she said, “But do you really think it makes any difference?”

“Well,” I said, “every day after school fifty kids come to our place for snacks and homework mentoring and bible instruction.” “Oh,” she said. “Then I guess is really does do some good.”

There is an old story about a man walking along a beach littered with stranded starfish, and tossing them one by one back into the sea. A bystander observes that there are thousands of starfish lying on the beach. “Do you really think your effort makes a difference?” he asks.

Picking up yet another starfish, the fellow throws it into the sea and says, “It does to that one.”

There are thousands of children living in poverty in the city, thousands of hungry people needing to be fed, and addicts needing counsel and treatment, and hopeless people needing to hear the good news that God loves them and can help them.

It is all too easy to feel overwhelmed and ask if what we do makes a difference. There are hundreds of people in the South Broadway neighborhoods of Camden who will tell you that Fellowship House has made a significant difference in their lives.

And you make a difference when you do whatever you can to support God’s work here. Call to volunteer, make a pledge of on going support. Send a donation.

Only a drop in the bucket? Well, it makes a difference to that one.