Newsletter, October 2012

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<p>Dear Friends,</p>
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<p align="center"><strong>Who Rides Donkeys?</strong></p>
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<p>During the summer months of my grammar school years, our family lived out in the mountains at a sawmill, miles from the nearest town. There were no fences and the kids were free to traipse around the hills, build forts in the willow trees, kill rattlesnakes and catch the donkeys that roamed free.&nbsp; Sometimes the donkeys wandered into camp and other times we would go out to look for them.&nbsp; Without bridles or saddles, maybe slipping ropes around the donkey&rsquo;s necks, five or six of us kids would have races.&nbsp; Some of the donkeys were stubborn and those were the ones you did not want to pick if you wanted to win the race.&nbsp; What fun that was, especially if the fastest donkey liked you, and long-legged Jack liked me.&nbsp; When I got to pick him, I usually won the race.</p>
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<p>However, there was one time that our parents left specific instructions that we were not to ride the donkeys while they went into town.&nbsp; The donkeys came into camp, so what kid was going to pass that up?&nbsp; This time I was on the short, feisty grey donkey, and as we headed down hill, he bucked, flipping me right over his head and onto my back.&nbsp; The donkey continued his forward momentum, stepping right on my eye. &nbsp;My brother Don was really worried.&nbsp; Being the oldest he knew he was in for trouble. He took me home and gently put rubbing alcohol around my eye.&nbsp; At eight years old I was enjoying the gentle care and concern showed to me by my brother.&nbsp; Mom and Dad didn&rsquo;t notice anything and we didn&rsquo;t tell, but Don and I never again rode the donkeys when we were told not to. Donkeys can talk&hellip;. one did in Numbers 22.&nbsp; Thank goodness ours couldn&rsquo;t. However, the feisty little grey one got his message across.</p>
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<p>Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey that had never been ridden before.&nbsp; Although, this had been prophesied in the Old Testament, many did not recognize His coming.&nbsp; They were expecting Him to come as the king and as a mighty conqueror.&nbsp; They missed His first coming and did not understand His dying on the cross and becoming the sacrificial lamb that takes away the sin of the world.</p>
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<p align="center"><strong>Henny Penny</strong></p>
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<p>When we moved from the city to the country, we inherited a chicken.&nbsp; Our son, Jess, had several chickens and as chickens often do, they picked on this one.&nbsp; Therefore, Jess asked if we would keep the chicken, which we named Henny Penny.&nbsp; When she got better and her feathers grew back, Jess took her back home.&nbsp; However, it wasn&rsquo;t long until Jess asked if we would like to have Henny Penny permanently.&nbsp; She was in very sad condition this time.&nbsp; Not only were her feathers pecked off her neck but she huddled in the coop like a frightened, battered, abused &ndash; in this case chicken.&nbsp; She was afraid to come out of her coop.&nbsp; Over the weeks she began to recover, her feathers grew back, and her confidence returned, and she delighted in running around looking for bugs, worms and grasshoppers.&nbsp; She would cluck and cackle when she would see us. She loved to follow us around or even join the cows out in the back field.&nbsp; For Henny Penny, people or cows were fine for company, but chickens were not for her.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>If we were gone for a period of time, Henny Penny would get depressed being cooped up.&nbsp; So, Jess would go by our place on his way to work and let her out of the pen and stop by at night to lock her in.&nbsp; One day Henny Penny did not return to her roost.&nbsp; Jess checked for several days before letting us know that possibly a coyote or a fox had gotten Henny Penny.&nbsp; We felt very sad.&nbsp; We had become quite fond of Henny Penny.&nbsp; Since no feathers or body parts had been found, I held out hope that our chicken might be found alive.&nbsp; More than a week went by when we received a phone call from Jess.&nbsp; Apparently, Henny Penny had become lonely and had gone over to the neighbor&rsquo;s and started following him around.&nbsp; So, he put her in with his ducks.&nbsp; We rejoice that Henny Penny has been found!&nbsp; And I understand afresh how the angels in heaven rejoice over one lost sinner that repents.</p>
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<p>Our world is full of lost people that need to be found.&nbsp; Some of them we have to go after like the lost sheep, some of them we have to leave alone until they get sick and tired of the kind of life they are living and return, seeking the Lord that they have turned away from.</p>
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<p>believers and to share God&rsquo;s love with those who don&rsquo;t yet know Him. The book contains stories light-hearted and hard hitting - stories of donkeys, buffalo, birds, egrets, dogs, a chicken and a wild turkey, along with travel experiences to foreign countries - sharing God&rsquo;s love, protection and His marvelous plan of salvation. $10 plus shipping.</p>
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<p><strong>Praise and Prayer</strong></p>
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<p>Please pray for all of us connected to AWST.&nbsp; Pray that our books, CD&rsquo;s and radio programs will speak to hearts around the world.&nbsp; We thank God that we can be a part of sharing the wonderful news of new life in Jesus Christ. We need your support and are thankful for everyone who is helping.&nbsp; We can&rsquo;t do it without you.&nbsp; We appreciate any support you can give.&nbsp; <strong>All contributions are tax deductable.&nbsp; </strong><strong>If you receive this before Oct. 5<sup>th</sup> and would still like to come to the conference, please call 209-772-2449.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>In His bonds,</strong></p>
<p><strong>Norma Bonds</strong></p>