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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Missionary (10/19/06)

TITLE: Fuzzy Ambitions
By Stephanie Bullard


The presentation intrigued him. The slide-show piqued his interest. The words tugged at his heart.

Im going to be a missionary! he thought.

He rubbed his hands together against the cold of the blustery winter wind, blowing warm breath through the hollow of his palms.

Im going to have to raise support, he thought.

Hey Travis, were looking for someone to volunteer to help with the Salvation Army coin drive. Would you mind dressing up as Santa Clause and ringing a bell?

Sorry, I cant. Im busy. Im going to be a missionary.

Spring flowers popped, spilling their colors across the soggy April ground and scattering a myriad of potpourri through the air.

I need to get out there, let the church see me and know that Im interested in this ministry, he thought.

Hi, Travis. We need some people to help out with the Easter Presentation. Are you at all interested?

Sorry, I wish I could. But Im really busy, you know. Im going to be a missionary.

Summer splashed heat across the damp foreheads of carefree kids. Their laughter bounced off the curbs and echoed through the streets.

I want to do something with children; theyre the future after all, he thought.

Travis, Im glad I ran into you. Were really short staffed with our Vacation Bible School workers. Could you possibly help out?

You know Id love to. Really, but Im just too busy. Im going to be a missionary.

Leftover Jack-O-Lanterns grinned wimpy, lopsided grins at him through brown mush-teeth. Orange and red leaves danced in the wind while the skeletal remains of others skittered noisily across the pavement. A paper turkey stood proudly in the window of a nearby shop.

Im so thankful that Im going to be able to give back to others in humanity, he thought.

Oh, Travis. Can we count on your help in the Soup Kitchen this Thanksgiving?

If only I could. But Im so busy, its just not possible. Im going to be a missionary.

He didnt see the patch of black ice. Without warning his car was spinning, his world tilting, his vision fading. He awoke to the methodical beeping of mysterious machines and the incomprehensible news that he would never be able to walk again. Tears filled his eyes, rage flooded his chest.

Why God?! Why?! I was going to be a missionary! I was going to do it for you! You never even gave me a chance!

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Betty Castleberry10/26/06
I liked this. Good message. God may indeed call us to do the small stuff. Thank you for sharing this.
Lynda Schultz 10/27/06
Nailed it - if you aren't a missionary at home, don't expect God to call you any place else. Thanks for the reminder that Jerusalem always comes first.
Donna Haug10/28/06
Great title too. It's so true - you can't expect to do great things anywhere if you don't start at home. Good message.
Gregory Kane10/29/06
This is clearly my favourite story thus far. I loved the line: Jack-O-Lanterns grinned wimpy, lopsided grins at him through brown mush-teeth Such a wonderful picture of rot and decay not only in the seasons but also in Travis spiritual journey.

I once read of a pastor asking why his church should invest money on sending someone overseas when they had failed to lead even a single person to Christ in their own country. A salient thought for would-be missionaries!
Karen Schravemade10/29/06
Loved your descriptions of the passing seasons. This was well written and right on target for the topic!
Joanne Sher 11/02/06
This one kicked me right in the teeth - excellently done and VERY convicting! Super job!