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Granny's Faith Goes to the End of the World by Roger D. Blevins The little country church in rural southwest Virginia had never had indoor plumbing. Dedicated to the Lord in 1893, the small, white wood-frame building that is home to Wassum Valley Baptist Church sits on a hilltop overlooking acres of prime farmland and hardwood forest. In the spring of 2008, Pastor Mark Blevins and his congregation wanted to drill a well and put in indoor toilets, but there was not much money in the church account for such a project. That is when 82-year-old Sister Katie Hutton, better known as “Granny Hutton,” decided to take a step of faith. Granny Hutton brought a little cardboard box to church. She had cut a crude hole in the top. On a piece of masking tape stuck to the box, Granny wrote the words, Water Bathrooms For Church,” and inside the box Granny placed her offering to get the project started. She simply left the box at the front of the church and challenged others to put in their offerings as well. No one could have guessed that day the tremendous impact that what came to be called “Granny's Box” would eventually have in the local community and around the world! It did not take long for “Granny's Box” to bring in enough money to drill a 640-foot deep well and construct the bathrooms. Next, a project to build a ramp to assist the handicapped in accessing the church was paid for from “Granny's Box.” Not long after that, two of Granny Hutton's grandsons felt the Lord wanted them to go on a missions trip to Costa Rica and it was that little cardboard box with 10 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2013 the hole in the lid that raised the funds for the boys to go. God was using the faith of Granny Hutton to do wonderful things. “Granny's Box” has been instrumental in providing funds to assist tornado victims, help needy families in the community and pay for supplies for Vacation Bible School and other church activities. But as stated earlier, “Granny's Box” was destined to reach far beyond the little community of Wassum Valley, Virginia. I never had the joy of meeting Granny Hutton. She went home to be with her Lord in December 2008. But in April 2012 I saw for the first time that little box that had done so much. BIMI was in the midst of raising money to print and distribute 50,000 Bibles in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in the city of Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. Pastor Mark had invited me to visit his church to present the need for funds to print and distribute these Bibles. It was then that “Granny's Box” reached out farther than anyone had ever imagined as it produced an offering of $1,171 to help take the Word of God to the city that lies—literally—at the “end of the world!” From the little white church in Virginia to one of the most remote regions of the world, “Granny's Box” continues to make a difference. Granny Hutton's faith was great, and it lives on through that little cardboard box with the hole in the lid. I imagine Granny's reward will be just as great as her faith. W