A minister 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.
Peter, Paul and Louie all raised their hands to volunteer for the task.
But he had serious doubts about Louie who was a local farmer, and who
had always kept to himself because he was embarrassed by his speech
impediment. Poor Louie stuttered badly. But, not wanting to discourage
Louie, 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 Peter, "Well, Peter, how did you make out selling our Bibles last
Proudly handing the reverend an envelope, Peter replied, "Using my sales
prowess, I was able to sell 20 Bibles, and here'* the $200 I collected on
behalf of the church."
"You are indeed a fine salesman and the Church is indebted to you."
Paul, smiling and sticking out his chest, confidently joined in," I'm a
professional salesman. I sold 28 Bibles on behalf of the church, and
here'* the $280 I collected."
The minister responded, "That'* 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 reverend opened it and counted the
contents. "Louie, there'* $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'* impossible!" both Peter 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-I re-re-really do-do-don't kn-kn-know 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 *-*-said wa-wa-was," Louis replied, "W-w-would
y-y-you l-l-like t-t-to b-b-uy 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-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?"
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