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Topic: Accent (02/21/13)
TITLE: Speak With His Love
By C D Swanson
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Tsega barely spoke in church, and lit up a room with her dazzling smile without saying one word. She was one of six children, born in Ethiopia, and lived in a hut.
She came from a village that for generations believed in witch doctors, and the power of healing from their potions, and incantations. Until one day, a missionary lady changed her life. That was the first day of her life.
She met her husband through the missionary work team, and fell in love. About three months later, they married. His missionary work finished for the time being, and so she returned to America with him, and never looked back.
Her husband explained, Tsega rarely spoke, concerned that others wouldn't understand her broken English through a thick accent. So, she smiled, and nodded, and prayed silently while in church. A chosen few heard her speak, and the reticence to do so, was glaringly apparent, each time someone tried to engage her in conversation. She'd fidget, smile, and point to the doorway, indicating she'd have to go...or, point to the ladies room.
There was always an escape for Tsega. The few words she spoke were hard to grasp, exceedingly difficult to understand. It was uncomfortable for all parties concerned, no one wanted to hurt her feelings by repeating, <i>what did you say?</i> So, it was what it was. We were just glad to have her be a part of our congregation. She was pleasant, kind, and reserved.Her husband did the speaking for them both.
Until one day in church, we had a guest speaker from Ethiopia. The guest was a doctor, and had a testimony to share. It was moving, captivating, and had everyone in tears. So moving, that Tsega stood up, and rushed to the front of the church, embraced the guest speaker, and cried. We were shocked to see this behavior from this shy and reserved woman. However, the audience really gasped when Tsega turned to the audience, grabbed the microphone, and spoke.
<i>"Praise God, for He is good all the time. He saved me, saved my family, and gave me love. He brought me out of the depths of poverty, and sent me a loving husband. We're going to have a baby, through His grace...and I wanted to share that with all of you, here and now. For those of you who haven't given yourself to Christ, do so now. He is all you will need, now, and always. He will give you peace, and His provisions are endless. I love Him. And, I am so grateful for His love, His word, and His ways. I would be dead without Him. So Praise Him. He saved me. Come forward and let Him into your life as your Lord and Savior, and know peace....and know love."</i>
There wasn't a sound from anyone. All eyes were fixed on Tsega. Mouths opened, and tears falling silently from the majority of people. Nothing was said for the longest time, each person struck with awe, until finally...everyone stood in unison with thunderous applause. It was outstanding and moving.
You see, when Tsega spoke, there was <i>no</i> accent whatsoever...
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