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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 13, 2007
One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment. - Merle Shain
Source: Molly's Quotes of the Day,
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Ciccily was married to a Gospel Outreach volunteer who died three years ago. She has two children, a daughter, 21, and a son, 16. When her husband died, she told me, “I just couldn’t let his ministry die with him. So I kept visiting and prepared a few people for baptism.” I turned to the mission leader and asked him what happened.
He said, “this little woman came to my office one day and asked me to send someone to do a baptism. We didn’t have any idea that anyone was ready from her area. Well, upon arrival we discovered over 100 people who had accepted Jesus as Savior and were longing for His soon return. They understood the ten commandments and desired to join a Bible-believing church family called the Seventh-day Adventist church.”
Last year, a request was made for Gospel Outreach to add five more church planters to the team. Ciccily was chosen to be one of them. Now she leads 7 churches with more than 700 members. In 2006, she prepared 500 people for baptism.
I asked her how she does it? She replied. I visit the neighborhood with my daughter or church members. I try to discover their needs of people from neighbors prior to my visit eg. job, sickness, devil possession;
Then I simply pray and God does miracles such as healing a young boy with lung cancer – who was supposed to have surgery. After checking into the hospital to prepare for surgery, the Doctor found no cancer – and there is still none after three years.
Ciccily’s need-based ministry may be the reason that as we walked through the village with a hired drummer and clarinetist announcing our arrival, scores of ladies along the side of the road waved and smiled at her, while several rushed to touch her feet – a sign of tremendous respect in India.
We went to dedicate a newly constructed house of prayer for her church family in the evening. At the request of the Hindu villagers, the church was built right next to the Hindu temple – so that the healing power could “spill over.”
Story from John McGhee
Submitted by Leora DeWitt
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A 105-year-old Romanian has made his first ever trip to the doctors after eating a jar of gherkins past their sell-by-date.
Tudorica Anghel, from Iasi, took himself to St Spiridon Hospital telling doctors he'd had pains for two days and was worried it might be something serious.
But doctors who performed a full check-up on him said he was very healthy for his age, and that he was probably suffering from indigestion.
When they tried to access his records they found he had never been to a doctor in his life.
Doctor Diana Cimpoiescu, who treated Mr Anghel, said: "This was the first time in his life that he had come to a hospital.
"We did a full examination of him and apart from a bit of weak hearing he has nothing at all wrong with him. He is amazingly healthy for a man of his age."
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Because I’m a commercial pilot, I decided to treat my ten-year- old son’s birthday guests to a short sightseeing flight in a rental plane. After we had boarded the aircraft, I read aloud each item on the preflight checklist and, as is my custom, touched each switch and control named. It was taking some time to complete this, and midway through I felt a tap on my elbow. "Excuse me," one young passenger said nervously, "but have you ever done this before?"
Submitted by Lorraine
(1952) A woman friend of John Ruskin once received as a gift a beautiful handkerchief which she highly prized. One day as she was writing, a drop of ink fell on it, and it was apparently ruined. Sometime later the great artist-writer was a guest in her home. Having heard of his hostess’s accident, he asked first to see the handkerchief; then, to take it home with him. A few days later it was sent back, more beautiful than it was at first. What had he done? With his own deft hands he had painted on the cloth an exquisite picture, using the blot as a basis for it.
By Llewelyn A. Wilcox
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) July 1952, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com