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

TITLE: The Humble Servant's Mission Field
By Judy Anderson
10/25/06


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Jodi fretted as she pulled the front door shut and hurried to the car. She did not want to be late for church today. Bringing the cookies to her sweet little ol' neighbor, Susie, had been a good idea though. Since George had died, Susie seemed lonely and distracted. She needed a friendly ear today, yes she did.

"Lord," Jodi prayed, "Please comfort Susie in these long days."

Of course, traffic was jammed on the two-lane highway through town. They really needed four lanes didn't they? An angry man was riding along the shoulder next to her.

"Oh my, you're in a hurry aren't you?" she said to herself. "Jesus, calm that man down and let him see Your face somehow. Poor man," she said as she allowed him to move in front of her.

"Jesus please don't let me be late. I am so excited for the church service today." Traffic seemed to ease a bit and the ride went along quite smoothly after that.

"Why should I be surprised? God is amazin!" Susie hummed along to her worship music.

She walked through the parking lot with a smile on her face. Several people came by and to each one she seemed to have a special word.

"Hi honey, how's your mama? Yes, we have surely been prayin for her haven't we?"

"Bob, how's the job hunt goin? With your gifts they should be huntin' you down!"

"Hi Sugar," Susie said to a sweet young girl with bouncy blonde curls. It was her prayer partner. How she loved that girl!

"I have to give you one big squeeze today, that's for sure. You make the sun shine a little brighter, you do!"

Jodi finally sat down in the pew and bowed her head, ready to worship her Lord and Savior.

"Lord, thank you for these missionaries we are going to see today. How wonderful and inspiring to see how they are willing to go to Africa with their family to spread your good news. What faithful people they are! To think of the way they live their lives! It's a humblin' thing Lord.
Amen."


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Donna Haug10/28/06
Sweet story. I loved her servant attitude. Blooming where she's planted - to use another analogy. Good stuff.
Jan Ross10/31/06
There's a special "sweetness" about this story that makes it stand out in my opinion. Jodi, herself, was a missionary and didn't even realize how her ministry to others through ordinary events during the day revealed a heart equal to those who ministered in Africa. The lesson is well-received ... we are ALL missionaries, whether we are called to the uttermost corners of the earth or called to the people we meet in our everyday lives. It really doesn't matter, does it -- as long as we fulfill the calling wherewith we have been called! Very nice! Such an encouraging story! :)