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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Willingness (02/21/05)

TITLE: The Villageís Willing Sacrifice
By Annette Agnello
02/23/05


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My former pastor has been on a mission trip to India every year for nearly twenty years. On Most trips he would take a team of up to a half dozen willing workers. But on one trip things got out of his control.

A group had come down the mountain to see the foreigners, that came to India. One of them had a motorcycle and offered to take one of the missionaries up the mountain to their village. The Indian host, Joseph, wanted to go with them it the trip was made. But that wasnít possible there was no room and that would leave the rest of the team without a translator. Terry was eager to go. Reluctantly Pastor Phil agreed Terry could go with them with the proviso he would be back by 10:00 AM the next day so they could all leave on the next leg of the trip.

Happily Terry jumped on the back of the motorcycle with a fellow he had known about an hour, and started up the mountain. Never mind the language barrier as Terry knew no Indian and his driver only minimal English. They were on their way to a place that had never seen a white man.

The novelty of his passenger was nearly to much for the native driver. They stopped at nearly every home on the way up the mountain for introductions. Time was slipping away. Terry was due down the mountain early the next day and it was nearly sunset and he hadnít reached the top yet. The ride was perilous only prayer was keeping the bike on what was passing for a road. Terry was starting to see why their host had not wanted him to go.

They did finally reach the top. Terry preached his heart out. With some acting out the message and some Divine grace punching through the language barrier. The people were reached, and the service lasted until late at night.

The people of the village thought Terry would be there several days and they wanted to do something special in his honor. They were not rich and in the whole village there was only one laying hen in the whole village. The owner chose to sacrifice the hen so they could prepare a grand meal for Terry. Imagine their disappointment when they discovered the hen they had so willingly killed had died for nothing. By the time it could be cooked Terry had to be back down the mountain.

When Terry found out he sent money to the henís owner to replace the bird. They had been willing to lose their only source of eggs to feed an honored guest.


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Sally Hanan03/04/05
Great story.