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    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. ...

Search & Rescue

Apr. 14, 2013

The sun slips below the horizon. The evening air is moist and chilly. A coyote howls in the distance. Then something stirs in the brush nearby. Is it an angry bear or a hungry mountain lion? A wet nose appears, followed by a wagging tail. It’s a rescue dog!

When people get lost or injured in the wilderness, search and rescue teams are called in to help. These crews are trained to respond to all kinds of emergency situations. Sometimes they need to find lost children. Other times they are called on to reach an injured hiker or climber.

Search and rescue teams may include a few canine members as well. Dogs can smell things people would never notice. In fact, a dog’s nose can be up to 10,000 times more sensitive than a human’s. Some dogs are able to smell a person through snow, water and debris. Dogs trained to rescue avalanche victims can pinpoint a person through 15 feet of snow.

All kinds of dog breeds have been used in search and rescue, from border collies and golden retrievers to corgis and poodles. Search and rescue dogs go through lots of training before they go to work. They may start when they are a few weeks old and spend two years in “school.”

The dogs must practice climbing, balancing, swimming, walking on high and uneven surfaces, and, of course, sniffing. Most importantly, they must respond to commands and work well with other members of the team.

For both dogs and humans, it takes a lot of skill to be part of a wilderness search and rescue team. But it is rewarding to help people in need.

John the Baptist was a sort of wilderness hero. He ventured into wild places, where he survived on locusts and foraged honey. But John wasn’t just looking for an outdoor adventure. He wanted to help those who were spiritually lost.

People hiked from the towns and cities to hear John preach. John told them about Jesus and baptized them in the river. Even though Jesus never sinned, He asked John to baptize Him as an example.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10, NIV).

God wants spiritually lost people to come to know His Son, Jesus. You can help point them in the right direction by telling them about Jesus. Ask God to make you a rescue hero for Him.

By Christina Quick



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