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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 31, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"True greatness, true leadership, is achieved not by reducing men to one's service, but by giving oneself in selfless service to them." - Author Unknown

Source: Monday Fodder by Dave Aufrance, Missionary in Hongkong


Paul Ratsara, President of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division told of an exciting experiences:

In one of their countries a police officer was giving our church people a very hard time. He said they couldn’t hold meetings in that town. He said he would arrest them if they did.

Things seemed really hopeless. But the members knew that with God, all things are possible. So they began to pray. They didn’t just mention it in the church prayer time, they all prayed earnestly for two days. And then a truck pulled up to the police officer’s door early in the morning. A senior officer jumped out and delivered orders from the government that the man was to move to a new district – not tomorrow or next week – NOW!

The members and villagers watched in amazement as men carried out the police officer’s belongings. Then the officer and his family climbed up in the back with their things and the truck left the village in a cloud of dust.

Prayers of praise began to ascend to Heaven. But now a new problem presented itself – who would replace the police officer? The members turned their prayers to the One who still takes down and sets up leaders as He did in the days of Daniel.

Soon a truck pulled in with the new officer. Almost immediately the village people not belonging to our church gathered around and told him “Don’t mess with the people of that church or you will surely get moved.”

None of the villagers knew until several days later that the new police officer was also a member of our church. The meetings are now going ahead and the power of the Holy Spirit is touching many lives.

By Homer Trecartin, Musings, August 19, 2007

Submitted by Leora DeWitt

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Grandma Esther's very first flight in an airplane was the long trip from Los Angeles to New York, non-stop.

The jet had only been aloft for a few minutes when the old girl began complaining to the flight attendant about her ears popping.

The attendant smiled and produced some chewing gum, which she gave freely to Grandma Esther, assuring her that many people experienced the same discomfort.

When the plane landed in New York, Grandma Esther thanked the attendant on her way off the aircraft.

"The chewing gum worked fine," she said as she paused by the door, "but tell me, how do I get it out of my ears?"

Source: Mark Mail, http://mrhumor.net/


After 48 years in the priesthood, our elderly parish priest was due to retire. Throughout the months leading up to his retirement, there were celebrations at the church as well as at the elementary school where my children were in attendance.

On the Sunday of Father's second to last Mass my nine-year-old daughter, Meagan, whispered to me. "Father must be getting really excited." When I ask why, Meagan replied, "Because now he can get married!"

Submitted by Marty

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

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You’ll find this helpful site at

Source: Preaching Now, http://www.preaching.com/newsletter/preachingnow/

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