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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hotel/Motel (09/12/05)

TITLE: One Mother's Mission
By Kristin Slavik


Her mission field was not a remote village in Africa, or even a poor city in a third world country, it was here in this dingy motel on the wrong side of the tracks in Tennessee. Every day she would change the sheets, clean the rooms and move the bibles hidden inside the drawers or cast onto the floors and put them on the pillows. Most would never notice her efforts. But it was not for them that she continued to do it. Oh, she hoped one day someone would open it up as they moved it and find the promise within the pages. Her real wish, however, was to invoke a memory in one special girl.

Today as she busied herself around the dingy room, she had a feeling that this might just be the day. She looked heavenward and asked Jesus to let it be so. As she finished her cleaning, she straightened the pillows and picked up the Bible from the bedside table. She sat on the edge of the bed for a moment and said a silent prayer as she slipped an envelope into the front pages of the beloved text. Carefully she placed the book on the pillow and finished her work for the day. On her way out she stopped the desk manager and reminded him, as she did every day, to save that room for her guest. The manager smiled and shook his head.

She sang to herself as she got into the car and drove to her small apartment. She marveled again at the differences from the ritzy neighborhood she came from. Her friends could not understand why she was doing this, but she knew that someday her work would pay off. As she busied herself in her kitchen, she hoped that someday would come soon.

* * *

Anna picked the man out from several blocks away. She knew he was looking for some action and his eyes soon trained in on her. She smiled the fake shy smile that she had come to hate and waited. Soon enough, the man was by her side asking questions to decide whether or not he liked her. She passed his test and they were soon headed to her favorite hotel. She wanted to get this over with and get some sleep.

Her regular hotel was full and they had to change their plans. The guy was very impatient and she did not want to loose her money, so she suggested another motel up the street. He agreed and gave her money to go and check in.

The front desk manager ignored her as she filled out the required paper. Only when he saw her name did he get a strange look on his face. Suddenly he switched the key he was going to give her and told her to have a good night.

This puzzled Anna, but she was in a hurry to make her money. She went to the car looking for her ‘date’ and took him to the room. The room was a hole, just like most of the rooms in this neighborhood. At least this place was clean, she thought. She noticed the Bible on the bed and had a quick flash of home, but not for long. This place was about as far from home as you could get. Pushing that from her mind, Anna went to work. Anna’s date had done this sort of thing before, so he finished his business quickly.

After he left, Anna straightened up the room, picking up the bible that the man had hastily thrown on the floor. She ran her fingers across the spine, afraid to open the cover. After a moment she notice the edge of an envelope sticking out from the front cover. Curious, she pulled out the envelope and stared in disbelief at the front. It was addressed to her! She sat down on the bed, her hands trembling. Opening the envelope she found a letter with familiar crisp handwriting.

Her eyes blurred as paragraph by paragraph her mother’s voice filled her head. But it was the last sentences that brought her to her knees. “I am here in town waiting for you. Please come home. Jesus forgives you and so do I.” Sobbing, Anna asked for forgiveness and set out to find the mother she had left behind.

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Anita Neuman09/19/05
A powerful, well-written story! Great job!
Jan Ackerson 09/21/05
I really liked this story of persistant faith and love. A few suggestions: "Bible" should always be capitalized, and use "lose" instead of "loose." A wonderful story of hope and redemption.
Phyllis Inniss09/23/05
What faith! What love! A very good entry showing devotion to one's offspring.
Amy Verlennich09/23/05
LOVED this! Great job. Blessings, Amy Verlennich