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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 18, 2000
Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third. - Marge Piercy, American writer
Source: Bits & Pieces, June 22, 1995, Copyright (c) Economic Press - www.epinc.com/ via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Ruth Im, a Korean Missionary, and her Filipino partner were sent to an area where there is no Christian presence - Talaingod Municipality, a remote mountain area in the southern part of Mindanao Island in the Philippines. When these two young missionaries arrived at the entrance of the community, armed guards stopped them. Although they explained their purpose in coming, the guards remained adamant and would not allow them to enter, saying, "No Christian has ever been allowed to enter this town." When the two young women persisted in their request to enter, the guards reported them to the municipality chief. Upon learning that they were Christian missionaries, the chief gave orders to let them in and allowed them to freely go about their work. Because the chief had once attended a mission school belonging to their denomination many years ago, he felt kindly toward them. These two young women were the first Christians to be allowed to enter that area, for which they gave God the praise.
It didn't take long for the missionaries to discover that the entire community consisted of Manobo and Ata tribes, so warlike that killing was part of their everyday experience. The tribes had been constantly fighting with and killing their neighboring village people for hundreds of years, even though the police and military forces had tried everything to stop the killing. Though the two missionaries were very frightened, they trusted in the Lord's protecting power and began their ministry to the women and children. They taught Christian songs and Bible stories, and also swept the streets, cleaned kitchens and toilets, and treated wounds. Gradually the people opened their hearts and accepted the gospel - first the children, then the women, and last, the men. Almost everyone in the village accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized.
But a new worry befell the people. If the neighboring tribe over the hill attacked them, they would not fight or kill the intruders because as Christians they could not kill people and would be in great danger of being killed or captured. The villagers entreated the two missionaries to go to the village over the hill and teach the same gospel. Accepting this challenge, the two young missionaries went to the next village and repeated the ministry. The result was the same. The whole village accepted the gospel and became Christians. But the same worry came to the minds of these villagers, and they asked the missionaries to evangelize the next neighboring village. This process was repeated from one village to another until all 11 villages in the Talaingod Municipality became Christian villages.
Now 11 Christian churches stand on the hilltops of Talaingod Municipality, and more than 1,700 members flood the churches each week to praise and worship God. The fighting and killing have ceased. Former warriors carry Bibles instead of weapons. Peace, perpetual peace, prevails over the land. Songs of praise echo from mountain to mountain, from valley to valley.
All these changes took place within two years.
By Pyung Duk Chun
Adventist Review, (c) Copyright, July 3, 2000
Submitted by Nancy Simpson
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
KITCHEN TERMS Part 1 of 2 [Aug. 18, 28]
APPETIZING - Anything advertised on TV.
BOIL - The point a parent reaches upon hearing the automatic "yuk" before a food is even tasted.
CASSEROLE - Combination of favorite foods that go uneaten because they are mixed together.
CRUST - Part of a sandwich saved for the starving children of China, India, Africa, or Europe (check one).
DESSERTS - The reason for eating a meal.
EVAPORATE - Magic trick performed by children when it comes time to clear the table or wash the dishes.
FAT - Microscopic substance detected visually by children on pieces of meat they do not wish to eat.
FLOOR - Place for all food not found on lap or chair.
FORK - Eating utensil made obsolete by the discovery of fingers.
FRIED FOODS - Gourmet Cooking.
FROZEN - Condition of children's jaws when spinach is served.
FRUIT - A natural sweet not to be confused with dessert.
KITCHEN - The only room not used when eating crumbly snacks.
Source: Keith's Mostly Clean Humor, McHawList- firstname.lastname@example.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
From Southwest Airlines:
As the plane taxied to the terminal an attendant said, "Folks, we have a real special individual on board today, he's 92-years old today and this is his very first time on a plane. So, as you deplane be sure to say happy birthday to your pilot, Captain Howard!
Source: Bill's Punch Line, email@example.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
A HIGH-TECH WORLD?
Number of months' wages it costs the average American to buy a personal computer: 1.
Number of years' worth of wages it costs the average Bangladeshi to buy a personal computer: 8.
From: Brill's Content
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) June 2000, Pacific Press, www.pacificpress.com/signs via http://www.witandwisdom.org