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

TITLE: Survivor Evangelist
By william price
11/07/07


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Patrick Willoughby was having an extremely intense, mostly one-way, conversation on a park bench with a little old lady dressed in a flannel overcoat and black rubber boots. The grandmother politely yawned in her cupped hand as she listened.

“Now, you’ve heard of Survivor Man, haven’t you?”

Patrick was wide-eyed, excited, thrilled to be sharing his idea. The overcast Sunday morning skies did not deter the young man’s excitement.

The trapped conversant sighed deeply, straining her eyes in hope of seeing her daughter.

“No, no I haven’t,” she answered.

“You haven’t?”

Patrick tilted his head sideways in exaggerated amazement and disbelief.

The elderly woman turned her attention towards Patrick’s shocked, comic-like expression and had to stifle a laugh with a mock cough.

“Excuse me, please, I have a little cold,” she said. “ I take it this Survivor Man is somebody I should know about?”

Patrick was dumbfounded, not believing his ears. “Well, yes! The show is on the Discovery Channel.”

“Oh, that’s why,” the little old lady mumbled.

“A guy gets dropped in remote parts of the world for a week and has to survive off the land.”

Looking at her wristwatch, Patrick’s new friend drummed her fingers on her knee.

“Hmmm, no kidding. I used to go to remote Bingo Parlors.”

Patrick scowled. “I don’t like Bingo.”

The lady politely smiled as she reached for a cell phone in her coat pocket.

“Excuse me please, while I call my daughter. Annie…yes I’m already in the park, sitting next to a young man wearing an orange hunting jacket and a cheese-head hat. A Green Bay Packer fan I guess. Yes, harmless, but please hurry.”

The lady placed the phone back in her handbag.

“Like I was saying,” Patrick continued without missing a beat, “my idea is a show called, “Survivor Evangelist”, where a man gets dropped in different parts of the unsaved world without any evangelistic tools: no Bibles, hymnals, tracts, movies, or tapes--and has to share the gospel with what he finds.”

“Now I could listen to him,” the grandmother stated. “I’m not one for all those props and gimmicks. In fact, I haven’t been to church in a long time...”

Patrick was nodding his head really fast, animatedly trying to wait for the woman to quit talking.

“But, did you like the idea?”

“Yes, young man, that’s what I was alluding to. I liked the idea, thought it was interesting, but why does he have to go to different parts of the world? Why not here in Chicago, or Miami, or New York? There are plenty of people needing evangelizing here.”

Patrick sat back quickly and folded his arms in deep thought.

“You might be on to something. Hmm, what is your name?

“My name is Maggie. And yours?

“Patrick.”

“Patrick! Oh, I love that name. I’m Irish you know.”

“No, no I didn’t know that, Maggie. So let me ask you, if Survivor Evangelist was dropped in the middle of Chicago, lets say, and found this hat in a trashcan, how do you think he would use it to evangelize?”

Patrick handed the cheese-hat to Maggie.

“Well, I would say it represents faith. You know, it might have been discarded and have some holes, but found again, is ready to be worn for all to see, cheering for Jesus.”

Maggie smiled.

“Wow, great answer,” Patrick blurted as he peeled off his coat.

“Here, what would say if you found this jacket?”

“Hmmm?” Maggie thought out loud, “It is a brightly colored hunting jacket. I would say it’s the perfect coat for an evangelist who would be hunting for souls and not bashful who knows.”

Patrick stood up and started clapping his hands in approval.

“Very, very good, Maggie. Do you think these props would help a survivor evangelist?”

“Yes, very much so. In fact I can’t wait to tell my daughter and friends about this lovely encounter. The hat has me considering my faith. I think your idea is wonderful. I have to admit, I thought you were a little nuts at first, but who wouldn’t be thrilled with an enterprise like this?”

“I’m very glad you said that, Maggie, because there is a new show called the Survivor Evangelist and I’m its host, Patrick Willoughby.”

Maggie’s eyes began to water as she watched a cameraman walk out of some nearby bushes.

“Thank you,” she said, “but I don’t need…evangelizing…do I? Oh my.”


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Verna Cole Mitchell 11/08/07
Now this would really be a "survivor" show worth watching! Clever idea and well written.
Christine Rhee11/11/07
great dialogue--especially the last line--creative idea, too, and a fun read
Jan Ross11/12/07
Awesome! Enjoyed this tremendously and can think how something like this could be used by a youth group -- wouldn't that be a neat way to get teens involved in evangelism? Very well written; the conversation was easy to follow and very natural. Great work! :)
Kristen Hester11/12/07
Oh, my son LOVES survivor man. He watches it with my dad whenever he spends the night at their house. Great, clearver, creative idea.

The beginning was my favorite. The description of the woman being a little put off by the strange man was perfect. It really drew me it. The dialouge was perfect.

I thought he won the woman over a litle suddenly, but the story still works (word limit). Like I said, very creative idea. Bravo.
Betty Castleberry11/13/07
Oh yes, I'm watchin' THAT show. I love the twist at the end with the hidden camera. This was so much fun! Well done.
LauraLee Shaw11/13/07
Love the creativitiy and the contemporary nature of this piece! And as many have already stated, your ending was great!
Jan Ackerson 11/13/07
I'm a huge fan of reality shows--this one would be a hoot! Fun writing.
Patty Wysong11/13/07
Wow! I'm like Maggie...not very tuned in but I still got the story. LoL. Great job with this! Super idea! :-)
Dee Yoder 11/14/07
Love the phone call to the daughter! Can you imagine what SHE was thinking after her mother hung up? Wonderfully creative story. Just tops and a fun way to "evangelize".
Marty Wellington 11/14/07
Loved it . . . every inch of the park bench, conversation, props. As always, your entries are sheer delight! Blessings~
Edy T Johnson 11/15/07
Characters make a story in my book, and you always create (or "find") the best. Your delightful ending took me completely by surprise. I did not see that coming. Thank you for another wonderfully entertaining read, friend!
Janice Cartwright11/16/07
Your characters are standout convincing - they walk right off the page. And yes, in my view too characterization is one of the most important elements of good fiction. Its what I look for first! Wonderful!!