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Topic: YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW (05/02/19)
- TITLE: Love Can Last Forever
By Vicky Jeter
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At eleven years old she had become an expert at blocking out the yelling and screaming and remembering that God loved her.
It was the weekend, school had been exciting and she wanted to talk about her new project. When her teacher, Mrs. Green, asked for volunteers to begin raising money for clean water to be brought into a school in Africa, her had flew up so quickly that she nearly fell off her chair. With a big smile on her face, waving her hand wildly in the air, Mrs. Green was drawn to Rosie’s sheer enthusiasm.
“Ok, are there anymore who would like to join Rosie?” Mrs. Green smiled. Two more joined the cause and together with Rosie, they were on a mission. Mrs. Green passed out the pamphlets and began sharing the sad story of how there simply was no clean water in this school. She also told about how very few had clean water in many areas of Africa.
Rosie sitting in her bedroom, waited for her parents to stop the fighting. She wanted to tell them her news! Hours passed and Rosie was getting hungry. The cupboards were almost empty and the icebox only had one ½ quart of soured milk on the shelf. Her parents were drunk on the couch. Her little brother, Joey was hungry too. Rosie began rummaging thru the trash.
There was a pizza box and a Styrofoam container. Each had a few pieces of half eaten crusts and moldy cheese. It would have to do, Rosie thought. She went into the bedroom and brought Joey out to the kitchen. She told him they were going to have a picnic. Joey smiled and clapped his hands. She got an old towel off the sink handle and spread it onto the floor. Rinsing out some dirty glasses in the sink, she filled them with water, got the food and put it in front of each of them.
Rosie bowed her head as little Joey watched her intently, and prayed, “Please God, you have to help me, make a difference for these little kids. And God, Joey and I thank you for this wonderful food and good clean water we are about to receive. In Jesus Name I ask. Amen”
Their parents still out of it heard nothing.
The night was like most nights. They tucked themselves into bed, each telling a made-up story and falling fast asleep.
Life was good, thought Rosie. Oh she wished she had parents but it had been this way ever since she remembered. It was ok, she thought. We have more than enough.
Monday morning came and her momma got Rosie off to the school bus. Her brother stayed home, as he wasn’t old enough to go to school. Rosie was so excited about the new and very special project.
A month had gone by and Rosie and her friends had raised $4,000. One man had given most of it. She was on a roll. She was so excited that her mother, who was taking her shopping that day, kept telling Rosie to be quiet.
Rosie, smiles from ear to ear, kept talking. And that was the last they ever heard from her.
The paramedics tried to save her, but she had died instantly. The accident took Rosie quickly home to her Heavenly Father. And when the story broke of how Rosie was raising money, it was thru her death that Rosie reaped enormous blessings for clean water. In the months to come, over $400,000 was raised and many people’s lives were changed forever. Rosie had sown a seed that brought in a harvest of enormous proportions.
To this day, as I drive down that freeway, I see a cross and a teddy bear at the very place Rosie’s human life ended and her spiritual life began.
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