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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)

TITLE: Intentions: Full-Throttle!
By Terry R A Eissfeldt
11/03/07


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Intentions: Full-Throttle!
ďSave the World!Ē my motto.
The Next Billy Graham, my goal.
So I pack up my hopes
in a few brand new totes
and head for the Heathen Field.

Iíve practiced my preaching.
Iíve prayed through the weeping
over their sorry state.
With ĎHell Firesí burning
thereís no time for learning.
I must lead them through Heavenís Gate!

I step off the plane
into African rain.
Now, this is a needy land!
Iím met by the host.
We gather my totes.
Iím excited to be in Godís plan!

We drive many miles,
are met with bright smiles.
Iím ready and willing to preach.
I canít wait all day!
I must have my say.
I have come so far to teach.

I get out my Bible.
Iím set for revival!
My host looks at me with disgust.
I ask, ďWhat is wrong?Ē
She points to the throng,
ďI think we should feed them first.Ē

I look at the women
holding their children.
My heart breaks in two on the spot.
Their needs are so many.
Theyíre thirsty and hungry.
ďWhat was I thinking, God?Ē

I lay down the Book
then help out the cook.
The meal is so sparse, so plain.
With each scoop I give
Iím learning to live
from the Spirit and not from my brain.

God doesnít see people
the way I see people.
He looks at the heart, not the face.
My heart is like stone
to think I alone
can lead them into Godís grace.

When I finally share
I pray Lord, be there!
Thereís nothing in me that can save.
My words are so vain.
My motives, insane.
Only Jesus can cause any change.

So look at my heart.
Please change any part
that is stony and isnít of You.
Revival is here
as I look in the mirror.
Only then will I be any use.


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Kim VanVelzen11/08/07
wow! amazing to read and yet so humbling. Isn't it just like us and isn't it just like God to show us His way and His purpose.
Thanks for sharing your journey. I want to go with you!
Laury Hubrich 11/13/07
I love your title. Love the whole poem. It's right on topic. Love the humility that is learned. Great job!
Laury
Beckie Stewart11/14/07
I am not a big poet person, but really enjoyed yours and the message is clear!
LauraLee Shaw11/14/07
This is a truly incredible piece of work. From title to end, with smooth flow, I was on this journey with you. Excellence.
Ann Renae Hair11/14/07
So sweet and so true! Glad to know I'm not the only one on this journey! Thank you for sharing so openly.
Jan Ackerson 11/14/07
Wonderful title, wonderful message.

The rhyme scheme was a little bit inconsistent in some places, but a second look at this would fix that easily enough. The flow is great, and the poem is quite effective.