Monique Hall, a Chicago-area Domino’s employee, received an unexpected gift when she arrived to New Life Covenant Church on February 25th.
Wilfredo De Jesús, New Life’s pastor, had been teaching his congregation how to honor everyday people.
“We realized that this element of ‘honor’ had been missing in our culture.
“A lot of the problems we’re facing in our culture, if you really get to the root of it, is because there’s lack of honor,” De Jesús explained.
To show his congregation an example, he ordered a couple pizzas with the intention of blessing them.
As soon as Hall arrived, she was brought into a room filled with New Life’s members.
“I was nervous. I didn’t understand why so many people stood up just for a pizza delivery person,” Hall joked. De Jesús told her that they wanted to take the opportunity to honor her.
He pulled out $100 and put into her hands. Then, he turned to the church and asked for 10 people who were also willing to bless her to stand up.
As those who stood up began walking on the stage and adding to the growing pile of money in Hall’s hands, she became overwhelmed.
“Honoring is contagious,” De Jesús explained. He only asked for 10 people, but as you can see in the video, many more people followed suit.
No one at New Life knew Hall or her story. She is a single parent and she said it’s been a struggle to make ends meet.
“I definitely wasn’t expecting it, but I knew that I had been struggling for a long time being a single parent, and not having their father in their life, it takes a real damper on you, especially trying to make ends meet,” Hall later explained to WGN 9 News. “I felt so loved by them — all I could do was cry.”
Hall didn’t keep the tip to herself. She knew that some of her co-workers were struggling in similar ways. She wanted to show others that someone cares for them.
“I love giving to people. I don’t have a lot, but the little I do I have I’m always giving to people because I know what it feels like,” Hall said.
This is definitely a day Hall will never forget! You never know what those around you are going through.
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