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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 18, 2006
"One half of our problems come from wanting our own way. The other half come from getting it." – Author Unknown
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
“…a whooping cough epidemic had raged in nearby Pauti. Rufino and his wife had transferred there to start a new school. I better fly over and see how he is getting along. He (Clyde Peters) circled a couple of times and flew on toward Unini. He listened to the noise of the engine and pelting rain. Then almost as if he heard a voice in the cockpit, the words came to him, “Clyde, go back to Pauti!”
“Are you talking to me, Lord?” The impression became so strong that he banked the plane and headed back. The heavy rains let up a little. Carefully he guided the plane down under the clouds onto the muddy airstrip. Water still poured off the palm thatched huts as he landed.
Rufino, out of breath, raced to the aircraft. “Clyde, for three days we’ve been praying for the plane to come. My wife’s sick and I’m afraid my children will die.”
“I’m sorry,” Peters responded as he listened.
“Many people in this village are ill. We heard the plane coming, and when it flew away, our hopes of getting medical attention vanished. Then we all knelt down and prayed. We were still on our knees when we heard the plane returning. God sent you back!”
Their answer to prayer made a tremendous impression on the group of new believers who were just learning about Jesus and his love. Clyde used up all his medicine treating patients who suffered severe respiratory complications from whooping cough. Afterward he flew out and returned with more medication. At the base that evening he told Eleanor, “God asked me to land in Pauti today. He’s definitely guiding our aviation ministry.”
By Wellesley Muir, “The Man Who Jumped off Clouds, Adventures of a Jungle Pilot”
The story of Clyde Peters, who at 26 became at full-time missionary pilot.
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
If you are traveling soon, consider Lutheran Air, the no-frills airline.
You're all in the same boat on Lutheran Air, where flying is an uplifting experience. There is no first class on any Lutheran Air flight. Meals are potluck. Rows 1-6, bring rolls; 7-15, bring a salad; 16-21, a main dish, and 22-30, a dessert.
Basses and tenors please sit in the rear of the aircraft. Everyone is responsible for his or her own baggage. All fares are by freewill offering and the plane will not land until the budget is met. Pay attention to your flight attendant, who will acquaint you with the safety system aboard this Lutheran Air 599.
Okay then, listen up: I'm only gonna say this once. In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, I am frankly going to be real surprised and so will Captain Olson because we fly right around 2,000 feet, I wouldn't bother with those little masks on the rubber tubes. You're gonna have bigger things to worry about than that. Just stuff those back up in their little holes. Probably the masks fell out because of turbulence which, to be honest with you, we're going to have quite a bit of at 2,000 feet. Sort of like driving across a plowed field, but after a while you get used to it. In the event of a water landing, I'd say forget it.
The use of cell phones on the plane is strictly forbidden, not because they may interfere with the plane's navigational system, which is seat of the pants all the way. No, it's because cell phones are a pain in the wazoo, and if God meant you to use a cell phone, He would have put your mouth on the side of your head.
We're going to start lunch right about noon and it's buffet style with the coffee pot up front. Then we'll have the hymn sing; hymnals in the seat pocket in front of you. Don't take yours with you when you go or I am going to be real upset and I am not kidding!
May we land in Duluth or pretty close.
Thank you for flying Lutheran Air.
Source: The Lame Humor List, http://absoluterobeo.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
My friend and I had joined a weight-loss organization. At one meeting the instructor held up an apple and a candy bar. "What are the attributes of this apple," she asked, "and how do they relate to our diet?" "Low in calories" and "lots of fiber" were among the answers.
She then detailed what was wrong with eating candy, and concluded, "Apples are not only more healthful but also less expensive. Do you know I paid thirty-five cents for this candy bar?" We stared as she held aloft the forbidden treat.
From the back of the room a small voice spoke up: "I'll give you forty cents for it."
Contributed to Reader's Digest "Life In These United States" by Pamela Zmek
DailyInBox: America in Uniform, http://dailyinbox.com/aiu/ind.shtml
A Chinese vase given to a London cleaning woman as a retirement present was "a lost treasure of the Qing dynasty".
The cleaner's grandson sold it at auction for £92,000 after discovering its history, reports the Daily Telegraph.
It might have sold for more than £1 million - but the cleaner polished it so much she rubbed off most of the gold enamel.
She bequeathed the red, white and blue pot to her grandson, who kept it for years beside his television.
After reading that a similar vase had fetched £240,800 at auction, he asked Bonhams to look at it and discovered it had been made for the emperor of China 200 years ago.
Julian King, a specialist at Bonhams, said: "When I saw it for the first time, I was staggered. This is a lost treasure of the Qing dynasty. I had gone to view it with little excitement because discoveries of this kind are rare. But there it was."
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com