Stella Thomas is a woman who lives to serve God every single day of her life. She praises God for His blessings, and she prays about everything—no matter how big or small. “Auntie Stella,” as she is fondly known to many people, has a missionary heart.
About 15 years ago, Auntie Stella made a startling discovery. She learned that God can use anything to help share His love with others, even a plant! It happened like this.
A relative gave her a small jasmine flower plant that had come from India. Auntie Stella took good care of this tropical plant because it was very special. When the weather was cool, she would keep her jasmine plant inside the house where it would be protected. When the weather was hot she would carefully move it outside into the bright sunshine. Then the jasmine would grow fresh new leaves and the branches would be covered with delicate white flowers for the rest of the summer season. This particular jasmine plant would usually have four or five double thick blossoms at the end of each branch and bloom all summer long.
But the most beautiful thing about jasmine is not how it looks, but how it smells. The sweet and exotic perfume of jasmine cannot be compared to any other flower. Both rich and poor people in many countries love to wear the flowers around their necks or in their hair so they can enjoy the scent all day. Even a few jasmine blooms can fill an entire room with their fragrance.
One day Auntie Stella was thinking about how she could raise money to build a church in India. She was praying about it when she suddenly got an idea. Since she always got compliments on her jasmine plant, what if she made cuttings and transplanted the pieces to grow many more jasmine plants? She could tell her friends about her plan to raise money for the church building project. If any of them wanted to make a donation, she would give them a small jasmine plant that they could raise and enjoy in their own gardens.
When she shared her idea, her friends were happy to help. So that spring she transplanted many healthy jasmine plants. Would you believe she eventually raised almost $3,000? And today there is a church where people gather together to worship God. People began to think of Auntie Stella as the Jasmine Lady.
Auntie Stella praises God for giving her the idea to use her jasmine as a missionary plant. Over the years she has continued to use her jasmine to raise money for mission projects. Auntie Stella, the Jasmine Lady, wants people to know that God can use anything, even a plant, to help spread His love to people who are waiting to hear about Him.
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