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12/09/06
A very nice story about a young man who ministers to his co-earthlings. This would have been a good entry for "Unsung Heroes", as Pastor's are usually in charge of the church's flock - but the Writer calls him "Pastor Todd"...which touches on the topic. Nice job.
12/09/06
I was drawn in by the title of this story (am always curious to read about individuals with personal names) and then delightedly surprised by its unexpected twist!

I can relate, because I have a good friend with Down syndrome (in his sixties!) who also has great spiritual wisdom and who brings joy and friendship to many people in his nursing home (employees and fellow residents alike).

I loved the description of Todd preaching to the flocks of Canada geese, and could just picture him doing that!

Would like to see more specific scenarios like that, as well as to hear dialogues of Todd talking with people or delivering his words of spiritual wisdom. This would help to bring him even more alive in the story.

Thanks for sharing!
12/11/06
A very heartwarming story of a unique minister. I agree that it may be a touch weak on the topic, but it is very well written.

A nit-pick - You say that "he spent long hours copying verse after verse from his Bible.", but then say "he is not able to read" and "although he cannot read it, he lives the Word."

Some great lines - I especially liked "Like a candle yielding its tallow to show forth the Light of the world, Todd is aflame for Christ." Thanks for sharing this story.
12/14/06
Congrats on your win! Wonderful story!
This brought me to tears. I hope this is a true story. Well done, and congrats on your win.
12/16/06
I just wanted you to know that I really enjoyed your article. I could almost picture Pastor Todd doing the kind things you described. You did a beautiful job of letting us see that a pastor isn't always someone who has been to seminary. Thanks!