These stories are used with permission from Signs Publishing Company. More of these stories can be found in these collections: Ordinary People—Extraordinary God, Ordinary People—Faithful God, and Ordinary People—Generous God


Useless tyres!

But within a few months, I was beginning to hear from friends interested in the auto industry that these new tyres may be alright for the city but were hopeless in the country. It did not surprise me that before the year was out, I needed to buy new tyres.

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Even unto death

A lone figure trudged cautiously through the trees, senses alert, toward a secret destination. Soon, other figures followed but always alone, with a minimum of sound.

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Miracle on Mount Ruapahu

This particular time--second term, 1946--we thought skiing could add something to these adventures. We had no skis and not much money, so we decided we would make our own as a woodwork project--we even steamed them to shape.

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God in the storm

"Please God, help me!" I wept in the darkness, gripping the wheel tighter as the waves broke above me. Even in Vanuatu, it can be cold in a storm, and my foul-weather gear did not protect me completely against the salt water that smashed across the bows and into the cockpit.

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Awesome God

Hector, my husband, was appointed rural director at Beulah, a secondary school boarding campus. Beulah farm boasted 400 hectares (900 acres) of rich volcanic soil.

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Trusting in God's leading

Although Zoran didn't say anything, I noticed he was quite upset prior to his daughter coming to visit and after she would leave. He showed signs of depression.

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A medical emergency

I had been ill for a week, with recurring fevers and general malaise. Usually, when faced with a fever in Papua New Guinea, one took the immediate precaution of taking anti-malarial medication.

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An instrument in His hands

A few days later, while conversing with a friend of mine who owned a shop, I suggested he might try to sell some of my cassettes. Because he had heard me sing at quite a few functions, he suggested I set up my backing equipment outside his shop and see what would happen.

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Trust in the Lord!

These were the type of people we would love to visit but I was not fit enough to make such a trek. "Was there a road to the village?" we asked.

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Stepping stones to faith

I have found these types of relationships to be quick forming and deeply transparent. Something about the temporary nature and inevitable separation from each other--usually forever--allows people to lower their defences and reveal their heart and soul.

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