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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)

TITLE: No One Wants To Help Me
By Ken Ebright
04/14/12


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Moving was not easy for an 18 year old college freshman. Jan was supposed to have help from her new school.

She went into the admissions office. A gray-haired lady strolled up to the desk. "Can I help you?"

"I start school the day after Labor Day. I called this office. They told me that they would find someone to help me move into my new apartment."

The lady smiled, "Are you moving on campus?"

"No, I have an apartment off campus."

The lady's smile turned into a frown. "Sorry we can't help you." The lady walked away.

"Excuse me, míam, Iím from out of town, I have no one to help me!"

The gray-haired lady just kept walking.

Jan went outside and sat on a park bench and cried. "L...ord, I ne...ed someone to help me. No one cares about me."

After five minutes of praying and crying, she heard church bells play a familiar tune, "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."

Jan looked up and noticed a church across the street from her school. The music inspired her to trot over and see if anyone was there.

She entered the double doors and saw a light that was on in an office to the right. She walked into it. A dark-haired lady was at the desk. "May I help you?"

"My name is Jan, Iím from out of town. I'm starting at the school across the street. I have no one to help me move some furniture into my new apartment. My parents recently died in a car accident. My school promised they would help me and they let me down. I don't know what to do. Is there anyone here that could help me? I know that this is short notice."

"Let me get the pastor, we'll see what we can do." She walked away for a few minutes.

A middle-aged man came out and shook her hand as the receptionist sat in her chair. "Hey I 'm Pastor Gary, I understand you need help moving."

"Yes, I do."

"What's you name?"

"Jan."

"Well, Jan, it just so happens we have a small men's Bible study tonight at 6:30. If you give the receptionist your name and address, we'll come over before our study and help you. How does that sound?"

Jan grinned, "Great, Thank you."

Pastor looked into her eyes. "See you at 6:30."

**********

At: 6:30, the men showed up and moved Janís furniture.

After they were done, all the men gathered together in Jan's living room. "Jan, my receptionist told me that your parents died in a car accident. Is that true?"

Jan started to cry, "YÖes."

Pastor let out a deep breath. "Weíre sorry to hear that. Do you know Jesus?"

Jan's frown turned into a smile. "Yes, I do."

"Praise the Lord, The good news is that Jesus, can heal the broken-hearted. He can bind up your wounds. He will also never leave you or forsake you. We want to lay hands on you and pray for you. Would that be all right?"

"Yes, I would love it if you prayed for me." Jan closed her eyes and bowed her head.

"Dear Lord, please bless Jan as she starts a new time in her life. Please help her with the loss of her parents. Give her a peace in her heart, let her know that you care about her and you're providing for her needs. In Jesusí name. Amen."

Pastor opened his eyes and looked up at her. "Jan, I assume you haven't found a church yet. Youíre welcome to come and visit ours. Our services are at 8:30 and 11 am."

Janís face beamed with joy. "Iíll check you out. Thanks again for your help."

The men left and Jan sat on the couch and pondered what just happened, and felt a peace that she wasnĎt alone.


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Graham Insley 04/21/12
I enjoyed the story and saw the topic reflected in the binding of the girl to a new Christian family.

Well done.
Janice Quimby 04/22/12
That was a good story.

I'll comment on one sentence: "My name is Jan, Iím from out of town. This should be two sentences or you could write: My name is Jan and I'm from out of town.

Good going.
Dannie Hawley 04/24/12
This article is a good example of how Jesus wanted the Church to live, with others in mind. BTW none of the universities I attended helped us move into the dorms or apartments... would have been nice to have a church nearby.
Catherine Maher04/25/12
I throughly enjoyed this read. You did a nice job telling it. Reminded me of a time many years ago when I had to move and was all alone and broke. My church totally surprised me by sending the men's ministry over with a truck and man power to load it and send me on my way amazed.
You brought glory to God. Thank you
Pam Ford Davis 04/25/12
Your article had such a personal experience tone. It reminds us of the never ending need of a church family and home.

Wing His words!