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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 27, 2005
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. - Isaac Newton, Letter to Robert Hooke, February 5, 1675

Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html


A missionary on furlough told this story while visiting his home church in Michigan:

While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies. This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the halfway point. On one of these journeys, I arrived at the city where I planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin my two-day journey back to the field hospital. Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of them had been seriously injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same time I talked with him about the Lord Jesus Christ. I then traveled two days, camping overnight, and arrived home without incident.

Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I was approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he had known I carried money and medicines. He said, "Some friends and I followed you into the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill you and take your money and drugs. But, just as we were about to move into your camp, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards."

At this I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone out in the jungle campsite.

The young man pressed the point however and said, "No sir, I was not the only person to see the guards. My five friends also saw them, and we counted them. It was because of those guards that we were afraid and let you alone."

At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the congregation jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he could tell him the exact day this happened. The missionary told the congregation the date, and the man who interrupted told him this story: "On the night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I was preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when I felt the urge to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong, I called the men in this church to meet with me here in the sanctuary to pray for you. "Would all of those men who met with me on that day stand up?" The men who had met together to pray that day stood up.

The missionary wasn't concerned with who they were - he was too busy counting how many men he saw. There were 26. This story is an incredible example of how the Spirit of the Lord moves in mysterious ways. If you ever hear such prodding, go along with it.

Source: http://www.tpwmi.com/missionarysguard.html

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

The Things Our Children Say ...

My friend asked our grandson when he would turn 6. He replied, "When I'm tired of being 5."

Seeing her first hailstorm, Mary Sue, age 3, exclaimed, "Mommy, it's raining dumplings!"

As I frantically waved away a pesky fly with a white dishtowel, my granddaughter observed, "Maybe he thinks you're surrendering."

When I asked our grandson if he could name the capital of Florida, he fired right back, "capital F."

While shampooing our son, 4, I noted his hair was growing so fast he'd soon need it cut. He replied, "Maybe we shouldn't water it so much."

My daughter told her 5-year-old that their van was going to be fixed. Instantly, the small fry assumed, "Oh, it's going to the tire-o-practor?"

His mom informed her son, Brian, that she was going outside to get a little sun. "But Mommy, he gulped, "You already have a son...me!"

Submitted by B.B.


In a remote village in Sierra Leone, West Africa, I befriended Alpha, one of the local men on our building crew.

Alpha was impressed with my tool set and was amazed to find a woman working in construction. He'd bring extra rice and greens for lunch and we'd sit and talk.

He asked about my husband, and I told him I wasn't married. Alpha said he wanted sons and that he would marry soon. He wondered whether I'd stay in his country, and then surprised me by saying he had an important question for me.

I was nervous about his impending marriage proposal, and the next day Alpha was solemn as he asked if I was ready to answer his question. I nodded. "When you go back to America," he said, "may I have your trowel?”

Contributed by Carol Humbyrd

Source: Copyright © March 2002, The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved., http://www.readersdigest.com/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Are most people honest with other people's money?

Reporters went to six different cities in the United States and dropped in each city ten envelopes, each with two one-dollar bills sticking out of them. Each envelope was addressed and stamped, but left unsealed. Inside was a note saying, "Dear John: Here's the $2 I owe you. Thanks a lot. Tom."

Of the 60 envelopes, 40 , 67%,were picked up and mailed to the address on the front, which was the home of one of the reporters.

Source: Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, by Jeanne Larson & Ruth McLin, © Copyright 1979 by Review and Herald Publishing Association

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