By David Dawson
FRANKLIN — More than 20 years later, Donnie Dalton still gets emotional when he recalls the life-changing conversation he once had with a pastor from Guatemala.
The pastor was visiting Dalton’s church, Grassland Heights Baptist Church, and was talking about the needs of the people in his poverty-stricken community. At the end of the service, Dalton and his wife, Susan, decided to give the pastor some money.
“We had written him a check, and I handed it to him,” Dalton said. “But he never would pull the check completely out of my hand. He just stood there, partly holding it.”
After a few awkward seconds — “that felt like five minutes,” Dalton recalled — the pastor finally took the check. And as he did so, he said something that Dalton would never forget.
“He looked me right in the eye and said, ‘I will take your money, but what I really need is your time, ’ ” Dalton said, choking back tears. [Read more…]