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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Risky Roadways

By Christina Quick
Oct. 31, 2010

Do you like road trips? It’s fun to watch the world go by from the backseat of a car as you head down the highway on a big adventure. But in some parts of the world, getting from one place to another can be a hair-raising experience.

Take the North Yungas Road in Bolivia, for example. People who live there call it the Road of Death. This narrow highway, parts of which are unpaved, winds through the foggy Andes Mountains. Travelers must be very careful. There are no guardrails to keep cars from leaving the road. A mistake could send drivers plunging 3,000 feet over a cliff’s edge!

The Sichuan-Tibet Highway in the mountains of China is so high drivers go right through clouds along the way. In places, the road is 16,000 feet above sea level. It may sound like fun, but it’s very dangerous. Landslides and rock avalanches add to the perils. Earlier this year, a mudflow covered a large section of the roadway and stranded hundreds of travelers.

The Luxor-al-Hurghada Road in Egypt is a danger zone at night. Drivers don’t use headlights, which means they often don’t see one another. Drivers risk crashing to avoid another danger. Cars with lights are easy targets for bandits and terrorists in the region.

Missionaries today endure many hardships, including traveling dangerous roads, to take the gospel to people who need to hear about Jesus.

The apostle Paul’s missionary journeys were filled with peril. ?In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul talks about some of the dangers and difficulties he encountered.

“Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers” (2 Corinthians 11:25,26).

Why was Paul willing to suffer this way? He knew God had called him to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.

“I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:23).

Of course, you don’t have to go to dangerous and exotic places to be a missionary. You can tell others about Jesus in your own school and neighborhood. Then you, too, will be able to share in the blessings Paul mentioned.

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