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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 21, 2007
Where there's life, there's hope. – Terence
Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
"Help! No! Aghhhhh! Stop! Oh no! Ouch! Get away! Help!"
The young man thrashed and screamed in his sleep for the second night in a row. The night before it had been a fire. Sirens had wailed, people had been shouting and running. He had recognized many of his neighbors. They were all running to get away from the fire - all but him. He was rolling and thrashing and screaming as his legs burned.
With great relief he had woken up and realized it was all just a dream. But all day long his mind had whirled as he wondered what it might mean. And all day long his legs had ached and burned.
That night he had again drifted into a fitful sleep. Suddenly a huge shaggy dog had rushed at him snarling and lunging. Again he had screamed in terror and pain as the dog repeatedly clamped its jaws down on his leg ripping and jerking.
Finally in desperation he had cried out, “Jesus. Save me!”
Almost immediately a voice called back, “Why should I save your leg when you won’t do anything to save my people?”
Wide awake now he sat up in bed and remembered the DVD player and Bible study DVDs he had put on the shelf a couple of months before. He had gone to the lay training program, but came home at the end and decided this just wasn’t for him. Other people could give Bible studies, but, well, not him! So he had set the materials aside and almost forgotten about them.
Now he carefully took the Bible study materials off the shelf. His mind was racing. Where should he start? And then he remembered the dream of the fire. Maybe he should start with the people in that dream--the ones whom he had seen running from the fire. He started that very day and now has a group of 15 or 20 meeting with him each week as he shares God’s word with them.
From Homer Trecartin’s Musings, 4.16.07
Submitted by Leora DeWitt
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
You Know You're an Missionary Kid When...
Part 2 of 2 [May 14, 21]
26. You know how to pack.
27. Fitting 15 or more people into a car seems normal to you.
28. You refer to gravel roads as highways.
29. You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price.
30. You get upset when people don't finish their food, and feel worse when they scrape it into the trash.
31. You don't think that two hours is a long sermon.
32. You never have a special meal on Sunday, since it's you busiest day.
33. You don't do well in job interviews because you were thought to be modest.
34. You think nothing of straddling white lines to pass between trucks or buses traveling side by side, because "There was plenty of room, officer. Honest! At least 15 centimeters clearance!"
35. Someone in your passport country has to explain to you that the double yellow line means ONLY oncoming traffic can drive on that side of the road, even when there ISN'T any oncoming traffic...and you don't understand why.
36. Later the same day, the same poor friend has to go to great lengths to explain to you why you cannot just hand the policeman a dollar and drive away when he stops you, and why you are now being driven downtown in the back of said officer's car over a mere dollar; at which point your passport country ceases to make any sense to you at all.
37. You feel odd being in the ethnic majority.
38. You go to the local Korean restaurant just to listen to the conversation.
39. You have to have five hot sauces on a Big Mac.
40. You really do enjoy Oriental folk music.
41. You marvel at the cleanliness of gas station bathrooms.
42. Your last memories of your parents' families are 20 years old.
43. You think you've died and gone to heaven when you go into a foreign grocery store.
44. You have a name in at least two different languages, and it's not the same one.
45. You miss the sub titles when you see the latest movie.
46. You feel you need to move after you've lived in the same place for a month.
47. Your idea of a good night is a Japanese cartoon and some seaweed and rice.
48. You cruise the Internet looking for fonts that support your "native" language's alphabet.
49. You think a "foreign school" conducts classes in English.
50. You try to get onto a military base by showing your passport.
From the book “You Know You Are a Missionaries Kid When …” by Andrew & Deborah Kerr. http://www.members.kconline.com/kerr/mk.htm
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Engineering classes at the University of Maryland are tough, and struggling students sometimes go to extremes in order to pass. Grading exams one semester, I got to this question: "What is the relationship between kinetic and potential energy?"
One student, obviously stumped, decided to get clever and wrote, "As far as I know, they're just friends, but there could be something else going on there."
Source: The Lame Humor List, http://absoluterobeo.com
A Slovenian man survived a fall from the twelfth floor of a block of flats when he landed on a Smart car 120 feet below.
Darko Mirinovic, 25, is being treated in hospital in the capital Ljubljana for broken arms, legs and ribs - but doctors at the Clinical Centre Hospital said it was amazing he had survived at all.
Saso Jovanovic, who owns the Smart car which broke the man's fall, said: "I didn't know whether to be happy or sad, he ruined my car, but it saved his life."
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com