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Great content. Many phrases cut off by a period rather than a comma. Be careful with editing and proofreading. :)
02/21/08
Whew! This made me tired just reading it!

A few punctuation faults to brush up on, and I caught some errors in word choice: should be "counselor" and "strategy", for example.

What a wonderful example you are!
02/22/08
Ah, the power of the Holy Spirit giving us compassion to love everyone! Touching story - thanks for sharing! God bless :)
This sounds like a personal experience. Thanks for sharing.
02/23/08
What a powerful experience you had! I would suggest getting someone to proof your work for you before you enter. There are some mistakes that would be easy to correct. Keep on writing!
Laury
02/24/08
What a Great challenge in ministering for Pastor Paul!

God will always put us in the right place at the right time to minister
to His chosen ones.
In the end the boys seem to learn of Pastor Paul, Value.

Prayer is always a place to begin, and Proverbs 16:3 says,
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Like what you said here, Good Word!

"This was a new challenge for me and I was quite eager to succeed, but before

I could do any ministering, I needed quality prayer time before the Father. I

sat on the edge of the wooden dock with my legs and feet dangling into the

water, soon I began to pour my thoughts, plans, and ideas before the Lord."


Phil 4:5-7
6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your

needs, and don't forget to thank him for his answers. 7 If you do this, you

will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind

can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and

at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus
TLB

What an ordeal for Pastor Paul, I feel for him.



"The boys in my cottage were the worst. They spat in my face. The slapped,

punched me and kicked my shins and groin. They would not listen. I found it

very difficult to exist, never mind any sort of discipline. Made fun of my

Christian values. Out of ignorance they cursed God. The first night I crawled

into bed with a snake in my sleeping bag. One night, they put toads. Another

creepy crawlers. Every day they would discuss new plans and find a another

way to mock me.

But, each night I had my own stratagem. Instead of being hurtful, negative

and angry. I went to my knees in prayer. At early dawn, I would rise quietly

and make my way down to the dock. My heart's cry was simple. "Lord teach me

to love these boys. Please pour your agape love into my heart. Thank you." "

Like to read More from you. : )

I too, Learn from all your Comments. Thank you.


Enjoy and Keep in the Writing Lane.

God bless, Helen
Thanks,for sharing such a great story.
07/18/08
This warms my heart. We tend to give up on people if they don't do as they ought to. I know some like this. I asked Jesus to help me see people and love people as he does which means a trip into the heart of others. Anita