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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 11, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

As the baker, so the buns; as the father, so the sons. - American Proverb

Source: DailyInBox: Proverbs Plus http://MailRoom.DailyInBox.com/pplus/


Part 2 of 3 [July 10, 11, 12]

Within eight months both the Ericksons were stricken with a mysterious malady and died within days of each other. The baby was then turned over to some American missionaries, who adjusted her Swedish name to "Aggie" and eventually brought her back to the United States at age three. This family loved the little girl and were afraid that if they tried to return to Africa, some legal obstacle might separate her from them. So they decided to stay in their home country and switch from missionary work to pastoral ministry. And that is how Aggie grew up in South Dakota. As a young woman, she attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis. There she met and married a young man named Dewey Hurst.

Years passed. The Hursts enjoyed a fruitful Ministry. Aggie gave birth first to a daughter, then a son. In time her husband became president of a Christian college in the Seattle area, and Aggie was intrigued to find so much Scandinavian heritage there. One day a Swedish religious magazine appeared in her mailbox. She had no idea who had sent it, and of course she couldn't read the words. But as she turned the pages, all of a sudden a photo stopped her cold. There in a primitive setting was a grave with a white cross-and on the cross were the words SVEA FLOOD.

Aggie jumped in her car and went straight for a college faculty member who, she knew, could translate the article. "What does this say?" she demanded. The instructor summarized the story: It was about missionaries who had come to N'dolera long ago ... the birth of a white baby ... the death of the young mother ... the one little African boy who had been led to Christ ... and how, after the whites had all left, the boy had grown up and finally persuaded the chief to let him build a school in the village. The article said that gradually he won all his students to Christ... the children led their parents to Christ... even the chief had become a Christian. Today there were six hundred Christian believers in that one village.... All because of the sacrifice of David and Svea Flood.

For the Hursts' twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, the college presented them with the gift of a vacation to Sweden. There Aggie sought to find her real father.

To be continued . . . tomorrow.

Fresh Power by Jim Cymbala, Published by Zondervan Publishing House, Copyright (c) January 2001, ISBN: 031023008X , http://isbn.nu/031023008X/price

Submitted by Edie M. Ridenour

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


How to Succeed in School by Rita Book.

Make Your Teacher Happy by Sid Down.

Speaking in Front of the School by Audie Torium.

Special Moments Outside of Class by Rhea Cess.

What I Did Last Summer by Faye Cation.

I Slept While Teacher Wrote by Blackie Bored.

Getting Ready for Vacation by Anita Break.

On The Beach by C. Shaw.

The Burglar by Robin Banks.

Springtime by Teresa Greene.

Source: Gentle Humor, words@iop.com


We live in a mobile home. Hey, there are advantages to living in a mobile home. One time, it caught on fire. We met the fire department halfway there. - Ronnie Shakes, Comedian

Source: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) May 2, 2001, http://www.oregonian.com/

Submitted by Barbara Henry

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

An Anglican vicar from Lancashire, England, has delivered a 28-hour, 45-minute sermon, breaking the world record for the longest unscripted speech.

Chris Sterry, 46, began his marathon sermon June 29. He was not allowed to repeat himself, talk nonsense, or to pause for more than 10 seconds, but was permitted a 15-minute break every eight hours. A former lecturer on the Old Testament, Sterry took the first four books of the Bible as the text of his sermon.

Sterry's sermon was broadcast live every fifteen minutes on CNN throughout June 30. He says he undertook the challenge as a fund-raising effort for his church.

News reports do not indicate whether any of his parishioners also lasted the entire distance.

Source: Adventist News Network, Copyright (C) 2001, adventistnews@compuserve.com

Submitted by Nancy Simpson

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