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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Missionary (10/19/06)

TITLE: Serving My Father
By Aylin Smith


Serving My Father

Mark 16:15- And he said unto them “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (King James Version)

Beautiful leaves of orange, yellow and golden brown danced along the half naked branches by autumn’s nippy breeze. All around me God’s beauty shown vividly, detailed in perfection like the artists new painting. It was my favorite time of year here within the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, which had been our home for the last ten years of our marriage.

Sitting on the front porch I eagerly awaited the arrival of my husband Robert. Our lives had been changed so deeply by Gods love. His plan for us was soon revealed, We were two of many that had been called to become missionaries.

A sweet smile curved my lips as Robert pulled into the drive in his Land Rover,before I could make it down the last step, Robert was all but running towards me, his face was beaming with joy.

“Cathy, we will be going to Tanzania at the end of this year!” he exclaimed happily, as his arms wrapped about my waist pulling me close into his loving embrace.

At first my fleeting thoughts were of our beautiful home that we worked so hard to complete over the last three years, then I realized this is the work of our Heavenly Father, and being called to spread his word to other countries as missionaries is one we both gladly accepted.

Tossing my worries to the wind, I smiled to him laying my head on his chest. “I am excited and a bit frightened Robert. I know this is God’s calling, and I place my full trust in him.”

“God will walk with us Cathy; he is always there for us. He has never forsaken us.” Robert brushed a light kiss upon the top of her head while closing his eyes.

“I know he will, and he will calm our every doubt and fears. These people are in great need of his love, and to be given the chance to step out on faith and give them the most wonderful gift of all time, the gift of salvation.” I said as my own eyes closed.

God’s presence filled us and together we prayed to him, we were servants and ready to go far and wide if he so commanded it.

“God, how awesome and wonderful you are to choose us to travel so far from all we know and understand, to share your words to the lost in Tanzania. God we lift every man, woman and child up to you. Lord we know sacrifices will be made, yet Lord you will be ever present in all we do.”

“Lord, we know you will provide what we need, when we need it. God we just praise your Holy Name for sending your son Jesus to die on the cross for us, saving us from our sins. Lord, prepare our hearts and mind to this new world we go into and allow your light to shine in us. For in all things we praise your wonderful name, AMEN”

Peace filled my heart as I lifted my eyes up to meet Roberts. “I am ready to go.”

Five years later

Robert Webb stood before a group of 30 Tanzanian people telling the story of Job and his unyielding faith in the Lord. Several nights a week, they met for bible studies, the people were eager to hear about God’s word and learn of his love for them.

God had indeed provided for the Webb family. Through their faith and trust in God, he protected, and guided them along their works for him.

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Donna Powers 10/27/06
A wonderful testimony and I can empathize with Cathy's feelings. I loved the ending and the reminder that the Lord always provides for His servants. Nice job!
Amy Michelle Wiley 10/29/06
I love the excitement of the new missionaries. There are some grammar errors, but great story.
Rhonda Clark10/30/06
This is a sweet story with lots of promise. Good work.
Tabiatha Tallent11/01/06
Great story. I could feel the excitement of the husband and wife!
dub W11/01/06
A very good testimony of missionary love and work. Keep writing. Thank you for posting.
Betty Castleberry11/01/06
Wonderful description in the first pragarpah. I noticed a few minor grammar errors, but this was a pleasant read, and a nice tribute to missionary families. Thank you for sharing.
Sara Harricharan 11/01/06
This was pretty good, very enjoyable reading.
I did notice at one time your POV changed, it was first person and then a sentence or two later it was in third.
Otherwise, good story :)
william price11/02/06
A very sweet story with a strong messgae that was ministered effectively. Good job. Let me give you one thing to work on. Try writing a story without any adjectives. And then go back to your story, and if you can change colors on your word program, add in some adjectives here and there in a different color, and see where you put them and see if they strike a balance in the story as a whole and if they highlight the areas you want highlighted, eccentuate the points at the moment you want them eccentuated. You don't want too many adjectives. They are special words that lets the reader know you want them to remember this, especially in a short essay. Keep up the good work. God bless.