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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Missionary (10/19/06)

TITLE: A Letter From A Missionary
By Tabiatha Tallent
10/25/06


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Martha ran through the kitchen door, a trail of envelopes falling behind her, but one was clutched tightly in both hands. “James, we got a letter from Jimmy!”

“Calm down, Martha. I’m right here. No need to scream at me.”

“I’m just so excited, James.” Martha got the letter opener from the drawer and sat at the kitchen table staring at the familiar handwriting on the envelope. James sat across from her with his afternoon coffee.

“Well, are you gonna open it, or look at it all day? I’d like to know how my missionary boy is doing.” James smiled at her, knowing she was taking in every letter and every mark on that envelope.

“I’m gonna open it, James. Just give me a minute.” Martha carefully slid the letter opener in the envelope and pulled out the letter as if it were a fragile flower. “Okay, here goes.”

“Dear Mom and Dad. I know I’ve only been here a couple of months, but already I’ve fallen in love with these people. Brother Mark, the National Pastor here in Los Hueras took me soul winning my first day here. I was able to visit many homes. These people are hungry for the gospel.

We had our first meeting last Sunday outside in the middle of a little village. There were twenty people that came. They didn’t mind at all sitting in the sun while I preached. In fact, when I finished preaching, they asked for more. What a blessing that was. Can you imagine someone asking the preacher to preach longer?

There are a few people that I want you to help me pray for. The first is little Juan, he has a roadside tire stand. He sells old tires to help his family buy food. His clothes are always dirty and torn, but the smile on his face is genuine. He is always so happy to see me. I have been able to share the Gospel with him, but he has not accepted Christ. I’ve asked him about coming to a service, but he is afraid that he might miss some business. Please help me pray that the Lord will soften his heart. He is so young to have such a heavy burden of trying to provide for his family.

Also, there is Ms. Maria. She has been a widow for many years. She lives alone in a mud home, and she loves Jesus. She met a missionary as he came through about seven years ago and she accepted Christ. She relies on others to bring her things from the market. This little lady is in bad health and has very little, but she is always willing to share what she has. While I was visiting her, several children came to her hut and asked her to come out and share a story. I helped her outside and she sat on the mat that’s right outside her door. The children gathered around her as she told Bible stories. After the story she sung several songs with the children. I can tell that she is very important to these children. Before they left she hugged each one and told them that Jesus loves them. Help me pray that she will have the strength to continue being a help to her community.

It has been hard getting used to the different housing here. I am staying with Brother Mark and his family, but soon will be moving closer to the village that I’ve been working with. There is a family that is moving to another area to be closer to the wife’s family and I will take up residence in their small mud home. There is no electricity or running water, but I know that the Lord will be with me, and my little green lizard friends will keep me company. Don’t worry mom, they just eat the bugs. I will write to you again once I am settled there.

Thank you for supporting me. I know that you worry about me being on the mission field, but this is the Lord’s will for my life. Hopefully, I will be able to write to you soon about a baptismal service. I love you both!

In His Service, Jimmy”

“That’s my boy.” James said as he wiped his face with his handkerchief.

“That’s our boy.” Martha corrected as she carefully folded the letter and returned it to its envelope.


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Trina Courtenay10/26/06
From what I've read so far today, this is out of the box. Nice take on the topic. Jimmy's letter showed the life of a missionary and it was a joy to read.

Keep up the great work, writing for the glory of HIM!
Marty Wellington 10/31/06
You did a great job with this. The letter really helped the reader see and experience the country. One thing I did stumble over was the use of James and Martha's names so much. You might try substituting husband or wife/he or she or just leaving them out in places. I know I don't call my husband Ron every time I talk to him (smile). Also noticed you used "sung" and the word should be "sang." I enjoyed your story and it kept my attention very well. Blessings~~
Edy T Johnson 11/01/06
This is a neat device, putting your story in the words of a letter, introduced by the receivers. The only correction I noticed to suggest: quotation marks need to begin each paragraph of the letter the mother is reading, so we know the letter continues. Other than that minor addition, this is very well done.
dub W11/01/06
Good job sharing the life of a missionary with a letter for the vehicle of writing.
Sara Harricharan 11/01/06
This was a creative story! I loved how you used a missionary's letter, makes me wish I knew what the next letter would say! ;)
Betty Castleberry11/01/06
I like this account of a missionary "on the job." Your last snetence was fatastic. I also liked the reference to the lizards. It added a touch of whimsy and made this young man's mission seem real.
Sharlyn Guthrie11/01/06
This is a well-written story. I liked your portrayal of the arents, eager for news from their son. It seemed like an honest picture of missionary life as well. Keep up the great writing!
Marilee Alvey11/01/06
I loved this story and could identify with the parents who raised this exceptional son. Tonight I watched a video of my son (who is, by the way, a very strong Christian) singing in a talent show. He was incredible. However, all he did, all he accomplished in that show has been put into proper prospective with this simple letter (nice device!) showing the heart of a young missionary. It was a nice reminder of what is most important. Your story shows a young man making a difference in the lives of others as he learns and grows. It was well told and very much enjoyed!
william price11/02/06
Super job. I enjoyed your story very much. God bless.