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

TITLE: Abigail VonSchleshinger
By Jan Ross


Abigail VonSchleshinger
Awoke one frosty day
“Lord, please lead me step by step
And show me how, I pray.”

“I have given You my life,
I’ll go where e’er you will.
Trusting You to open doors,
Your will through me fulfill.”

Abigail went on to pray,
Until the sun was bright.
Joyfully she walked outside,
And danced in morning’s light.

She felt something new inside,
That words can ne’er express.
Glistening eyes alit with praise
She answered, “Yes, Lord … Yes!”

Childhood dreams of Africa,
And reaching out with love,
Touching hearts and meeting needs,
Was all she could think of.

Six short months had quickly passed
As Abigail prepared.
Meeting all her needs, the Lord
Proved just how much He cared.

Abigail VonSchleshinger
In Kenya now at last
Trav’ling through the Western Rift
Saw poverty so vast.

Hungered children broke her heart
Their eyes so deep with pain.
Listless infants near death’s door,
The blind, the deaf, the lame.

Day by day with tender care,
With prayers and silent tears,
Abigail gave all she had
While days turned into years.

Cradling infants born with AIDS
While their last breath they drew
Abigail’s heart broke while more
Compassionate she grew.

Tribes and peoples near and far
Loved Abigail’s bright smile.
Village doctors learned her way
Of praying was worthwhile.

Healing, touching, loving all
It mattered not to her …
Dying people everyday,
Her heart was simply pure.

Giving all she had to give
In time she grew so frail.
Claiming not a moment’s rest
Her mission could not fail!

Abigail VonSchleshinger,
She gave to all she knew.
Years had passed as she pressed on
Till her last breath she drew.

Villagers and tribal friends,
They gathered from all ‘round.
Celebrating life anew
With strength and faith newfound!

Hearts alive that once were dead
Because of Abigail,
Planting seeds of love and faith,
Her efforts did not fail.

Abigail VonSchleshinger
In righteous robes, she’s dressed.
Dancing on the streets of gold,
In heaven, now at rest.

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Lynda Schultz 10/27/06
I don't know if Abigail is fictional or a real person, but this is a wonderful tribute to selfless service and love. Thanks.
Donna Haug10/28/06
This poem just flowed. Your rhythm and rhyme were near perfect. It did not distract at all from your message. Terrific job.
dub W10/29/06
Aw yes, this is a poem that stands on its own; perfection is not the issue, but the sorry in the verses sold it all. Thank you.
Jan Ackerson 10/29/06
Wonderful, Jan! You're as gifted at poetry as you are at prose.
Betty Castleberry10/29/06
Excellent meter and rhyme. I like the way this started, and I love how it ended. Good work.
Donna Powers 10/29/06
Excellent poem! So glad I read it! Its rhythm soothed me but I came away with appreciation for this special saint.
Ruth Neilson10/29/06
I don't know what else to say outside of what has been said already. Keep up the great work.
Allison Egley 10/29/06
I really liked this. Great meter and flow, as other have said. I loved the message also. Great work. :)
david grant10/30/06
Simply outstanding!
I think you really caught the heart of the theme with this poem. One of Dav's Fav's this week. (Hey? Didnt you didn't get a DAVEY last week?) I think maybe we are going to have to tier the DAVEYs if you keep winning!
Sara Harricharan 11/01/06
This was beautiful! Excellent job, I actually read it all the way through (I tend to skip long poetry)it was very touching.
Pat Guy 11/01/06
Perfect ...
Sharlyn Guthrie11/01/06
Your rhyme and meter are impeccable, as is your message. Great job!
Venice Kichura11/05/06
I agree! This is excellent!