A missionary family of 12 was placed in an awkward situation last Sunday as they were trying to enjoy a meal after sharing their slide show during the morning service at the United Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey.
Living by faith and depending on the gifts of the churches they visit, this family was in for a rude awakening as they opened up the love offering envelope, only to find that they were vastly short on funds to pay the check at Red Lobster that totaled $227.53 before the tip was added.
The family, that wished to remain unnamed, is the Ravioli family whose field of service is located in the slums of South Jersey. Taking partial blame, the patriarch Vito did admit that the love offering of $73.00 could buy a decent used car back home on the mission field. But he wasn’t about to let this so-called “love offering” go unaddressed as he spewed hate in the comment section of Yelp’s website.
We asked the pastor for a comment, but she agreed that the missionaries came with the understanding that a freewill offering would be lifted as that is all the church was able to give toward their support.
The pastor also said that the standard legalese was used in the agreement as the missionary texted “k” to the financial arrangements months beforehand. When asked if Vito, his wife, and their 10 children would return to UBC in the future, he said, “Only if they pay me in bitcoin and if they include a mileage reimbursement for travel from across the state.”
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