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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Great (07/06/06)

TITLE: The Great Commission
By Jean Bundas


Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

Jessica read the words one last time before closing her Bible and returning it to her suitcase. How could she share Jesus with a group of people she could barely converse with. Although she had tried to learn some of the Romanian language before making this trip, she still had such a long way go. The task before her seemed so great. She picked up her language flash-cards from the train seat beside her and tucked them in her suitcase alongside her Bible. They would be arriving soon. She wanted to be ready.

The train brakes screeched as it entered the station in Bucharest Romania. Slowly the train chugged to a stop and people began to gather their things. Jessica waited as her husband Tom reached up to get their remaining luggage from the rack above his head. Being that he was 6’4”, it was not a difficult task for him. She smiled as she watched him set the luggage at her feet. He smiled back, his blue eyes lighting up as he glanced over at her. “What are you smiling about?” he asked. “Just realizing what a lucky woman I am to have you for a husband,” she replied. He reached over and touched her reddish blond hair, brushing it behind her ear as he did. “Are you ready for an adventure?” he asked. They grabbed their luggage and exited the train.

After they had settled in their hotel, Tom and Jessica grabbed their instamatic camera and headed out to explore city. They had not walked far when they came across an elderly woman headed home with an armload of packages. “Poise?” Jessica asked her in Romanian. The lady stopped and smiled for the camera. Jessica stood next to her as Tom snapped the picture. They stood with the woman and watched as the picture began to come to life before them.

Jessica watched as the elderly woman looked on in fascination. “Magic!” the woman cried as the picture transformed before her eyes. “No, that it is just special film” Jessica tried to explain. “This is for you,” Tom said as he handed her the picture. “We want you to know that Jesus loves you. You are precious to him.”

Tears streamed down the elderly woman’s face. She had never had her picture taken before. “Jesus loves me,” she repeated shaking her head in amazement. She held the picture tightly in her hand as if it might disappear. Reaching up, she kissed Jessica’s cheek. “You come eat,” the lady implored, pointing towards a second floor window in the building next to them. “We talk more about this Jesus.”

Tom reached down to help the woman with her armload of packages. “Yes, we talk more” he nodded. Tom glanced quickly over at Jessica and winked. God in His greatness had opened up a door to share the gospel through a simple Polaroid.

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Delores Baber07/13/06
Enjoyed reading the account of how our Great God uses small things like a photo to open doors. I liked the fact that the couple saw this as an adventure and not as a duty. There was no anxiety but open hearts here. All 3 of the characters were open. Good job.
william price07/14/06
A very smooth and well written story. I liked the slow pace and simplicity of it. Isn't it great to see ourselves and hear God say He loves us at the same time. God Bless you.
Stephen Paynter07/14/06
I liked the atmosphere you create in this piece. It rings so true because it is so strange the way God works to open our hearts to his gospel. Good story. Thanks.
Kaylee Blake 07/16/06
Great! (not an intended pun on the challenge topic!) The way a simple picture and the simple words "Jesus loves you" reached that woman was heartwarming.