Honest Generosity

The Gideons in Bombay had collected 100,000 rupees for a bus badly need by a school and a member was deputed to take the money to the school. He stopped a rickshaw and was taken to the school gate. In the Headmaster’s study, he asked if the Gideons could undertake a presentations of New Testaments to the children in the school. The Headmaster refused permission. The Gideon then realised that he had left the money in the rickshaw. On telling the Head, he was told that there was no way that the money would be recovered. At that point a knock on the door revealed the rickshaw driver. He said: “You left this money in my rickshaw,” and handed over the bag with all the money.

The Head said, “Did you know what was in it?”

“Yes” said the man.

“Did you know how much was in it?”

“Yes.” was the reply.

“That would be more than you would earn in a lifetime. What made you bring it back?”

“Some weeks ago,” said the rickshaw man, “when a man paid me for a ride, he gave me a little book. It was in my language so I read it. It was a Bible and I read it a lot. I read the back page and I prayed the prayer. I signed the page. I had become a Christian so I couldn’t keep the money.”

“I’ll have all the Bibles you’ve got.” said the Headmaster to the Gideon!!

[From the Gideon News Winter 2010. http://www.gideons.org.uk  ]

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Generous Power of God’s Word

The Brigand’s Bible

In one of the deep dells of the Black Forest a band of brigands were dividing their spoil, the proceeds of the preceding night’s robbery.According to their custom, the stolen articles were being put up for auction among themselves. The last article held up for sale was found to be a New Testament, The man who acted as auctioneer introduced this “article” with some blasphemous remarks which made the cavern resound with laughter. One of the company suggested jokingly that a chapter should be read for their edification. This being at random, and began reading in a voice of mock devotion, much to the amusement of the company.

It was not observed, however, that one of their number had become suddenly silent, and sat clasping his hands on his knees, as if in deep thought. He was a middle-aged man, was one of the oldest members of the gang, and had long been a leader in lawlessness and crime. The words, read in mockery , though they were, had reached his heart. The passage of Scripture taken by the “auctioneer” had awakened some wonderful memories in the heart of the poor wanderer. He had heard that passage of God’s Word before. Thirty years had passed since then. He was in the old homestead, a young man just entering into life. The influences were favorable. His parents feared God, and sought to lead him in the path of righteousness, and set before him a Christian example. Yet it seemed as if all their efforts were to be fruitless. But there is a word in God’s Book which says, “Cast thy bread upon the water; for thou shalt find it after many days” (Eccles. 11:1) and truly it was “many days” ere the words were “found” again.

The young man fell upon evil courses, greatly to the grief of those who were watching for his soul. At length he committed a crime which made it imperative that he should flee without delay if he was to evade the hands of the police. It was morning, and his father, according to his usual custom, read a passage of Scripture, and commended the family to God in prayer. That day the young man fled from the parental dwelling, never to return again.

And now in the brigand’s dwelling never to return again. And now in the brigand’s cave in the Black Forest the whole scene of that bygone day rose up vividly before his imagination—the happy family circle, the reading of the Living God, and the voice of prayer.

Since leaving home he had never opened a Bible, never offered a prayer or heard a single word that reminded him of God or eternity. But now a father and mother’s counsels came rushing back to his memory. The long-forgotten passage of Scripture was carried with awakening power to his soul.

So absorbed was he in these hallowed recollections that he forgot all around him until awakened by a rude tap on the shoulder, accompanied by the question: “Now, old dreamer what will you give for that old Book? You need it more than any of us, for you are undoubtedly the biggest sinner under the firmament.” “So I am,” he answered; “give me that Book; I will pay the full price.”

The next day the brigands dispersed throughout the neighborhood to turn their bargains into money. But the one that bought the Testament repaired to a lonely place, where he spent the whole day and night in the agonies of remorse. the Word of God revealed to him a Saviour, Jesus; and the message of peace and reconciliation was brought home to his heart. The next morning he entered a village; he told a servant of Christ his whole life’s story, and then gave himself up to the hands of justice. This proof of his repentance saved his life, for his comrades were all captured and put to death. After an imprisonment of seven years he was set free on account of exemplary conduct. A Christian nobleman took him into his service and he proved a blessing to his master’s household till he died in peace, praising Christ, who came into the world to save sinners, of whom he confessed himself to be the chief.

[Taken from one of Hy Pickering’s “One Hundred Thrilling Tales” (Published by Pickering & Inglis, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh)]

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Changing the way people see the future

The Maperio™ programmes and resources have been developed by Glynis and Andy Rankin.

Glynis and Andy are committed Christians and they have worked in the field of organisational, leadership and management development, personal development and career transition since 1990. They founded Creative Metier Limited in 2006, specialising in working with people through change.

In his coaching practice in the 1990s Andy spotted a deep need for a support process for individuals at points of transition in their lives. This was quite distinct from performance delivery, problem solving or aspects of counselling or therapy used for healing or resolution of difficult experience. He developed a set of reflective exercises that uncover and reveal natural gifts, skills, talents, personal values and ways forward for making a positive contribution in the world. These were designed into a profound listening space where individuals can articulate and realise their deepest identity and aspirations.

As consultants Andy and Glynis have continued to develop this approach in many different organisational settings in leadership, management, diversity and career development. The one to one approach has also evolved several group versions. Overall their work of 20 years has now come together into Creative Metier’s Vivocco™ programmes and associated online workbooks v-interactive® and v-interactive®100.

The desire to transfer this essentially secular approach into a faith based setting grew strongly from about 2002. They found that when participants are given a deep reflective space then their sense of spirituality, a desire for fulfilment and a desire to make a greater contribution were naturally expressed. As Christians it was a very natural step to begin expressing the search for self fulfilment as a path for discovering God given gifts and living a life according to God’s purpose.

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