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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: India (02/12/09)

TITLE: A Blood Emergency
By Ken Ebright


It's not the type of phone call a mission director wants to receive in the middle of the night. It was two in the morning when the phone rang.

"He---llo," said a sleepy mission director.

"Are you Doug Mcloud?" asked the voice on the line.

"Yes," said Doug. He has been the Mission director for Missionaries For Jesus for 20 years.

"Hello, I am Dr Bombay, Do you have a missionary by the name of Paul Atkins with your organization?" asked the doctor.

Paul had been a missionary in India for about 10 years.

Doug is starting to feel scared when he answered, "Yes we do."

He sat up out of bed and turned the light on next to his bed.

"He was involved in a serious car accident. He injured one of his arms, and he has a few other bruises. The most important thing I am concerned about is, that he has lost a lot of blood. We have a limited supply of his blood type. Is it possible you could get a box of blood shipped to us?" asked the doctor.

Doug's hesitated to say anything for a few seconds, because he was in disbelief. "I will call the Red Cross and I will see what I can do. What hospital is he at?"

"He is at Delhi Hospital in New Delhi India. Also he will need type T positive blood," said the doctor.

"I will call the Red Cross and get back to you," said Doug.

He walked out to the kitchen and looked for the phone book. Looked up the phone number and dialed.

"American Red Cross, Doris speaking," said the attendant.

"I am with Missionaries For Jesus, and I have a missionary in India by the name of Paul Atkins, that needs Type T positive blood as soon as possible. I realize that I need to work out the shipping arrangements and get back to you," said Doug who had a million thoughts going through his mind.

"We have that type of blood available, but we will need a doctor's order," said Doris.

"I will have it faxed to you," said Doug.

"When we get the fax we will put the order under the name of Paul Atkins. When you work out the shipping arrangements just give us a call. We will have a courier drop it off at the airport," said Doris

"Thank you," said Doug as he hung up the phone.

He would need to wait until the morning to make the shipping arrangements. He would call MPI (Mission Pilots International) in the morning. They may be able to help him get the blood to India.


It was morning and he called MPI and they told him that they could pick it up in London, England. Although he would need to ship it via air cargo to get it to London, so he would need to call one of the airlines. He first called American Airlines.

"American Airlines Cargo," said the operator.

"I need a box of blood shipped to London England asap," said Doug.

"I am sorry, the flight has already left for today," said the operator.

"Thank you," said Doug, frustrated as he hung up the phone.

He was feeling this sense of not knowing what to do so he decided to pray "Lord help me find an airline that will ship the blood that Paul needs."

He gets this thought about Northwest Air Cargo, so he dialed and it rang.

“Northwest Air Cargo,” said the person on the other line.

“I am Doug Mcloud and I am with Missionaries For Jesus. I need to get a box of blood on a flight to London asap. I will have a courier drop it off,” said Doug

“OK, we can do that, we have a 11 o'clock flight. I will need a credit car number?” said the Northwest cargo agent.

Doug was able to get the blood to the doctor caring for Paul within 36 hours. A few months later Paul recovered from his injuries. Years later Paul and Doug would look back at this time. It was a lesson on how God helped them get through adversity.

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Gary J. Borgstede02/21/09
Very good story. I liked how you developed the characters with detailed descriptions of their experience and relationship.
Seema Bagai 02/21/09
I could feel the tension and sense of urgency in this story.

I had to chuckle when I saw "Dr. Bombay" as it reminded me of the TV show Bewitched. In India, nobody would have that name. It would be like someone being named Ohio.

Good work on this piece.
Mona Purvis02/23/09
Let's see...blood types, A, B, AB, O. Is there a type T?
Things like that are hang-ups for me. I would like to know more.
Enjoyed your story.