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

Free on the inside

These experiences soon led to my own negative behaviour at school. I found myself in more and more trouble, with numerous suspensions until I was expelled in Year 8 for fighting with students and hitting a teacher.

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Effie, the soul-winner

When Effie's father, Robert Boyd, died suddenly, his wife, a devout Presbyterian, sadly told the six children that as he was an atheist, their father was now burning in the eternal fires of hell. But Effie could not reconcile a loving God doing this to her fun-loving Dad.

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Floating gear oil from "Papa" God

More than 200 eager truth seekers were planning to get together to watch a live satellite downlink in the village of Katurasele, on the island of Choiseul, Solomon Islands. The surrounding villages had heard that the Seventh-day Adventist Church have set up a satellite dish in that village to downlink evangelistic preaching live from the United States, something never before seen by many of the island people.

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Our neighbour

My husband offered to help Mr Sherrin with fencing or any other jobs he could not do on his own. Mr Sherrin appreciated that very much but, when he found out we were Seventh-day Adventists, he told us in no uncertain terms, between puffing on his pipe, that he did not like Seventh-day Adventists, because his son had become one.

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God planned it

It took us three days to walk to Merauke, Indonesia. At the end of the first day, we arrived at an old run-down government station.

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Touching lives

But his biggest job was running the Adventist Aviation Association in southern Queensland for around 25 years. This meant regularly travelling to the outback and leading successful health awareness programs at numerous country shows over 17 years.

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Overwhelmed

Part of it was reminiscent of the first week of a university semester, when all the lecturers outline the breadth of reading and number of assignments to be completed over the following few short months. And perhaps that feeling was somewhat justified as another busy year stretched ahead.

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God's pea crop

Edgell field officers visited regularly to check the pea crops, ensuring the famers were keeping up with their part of the contract. They would also take Maturity Index (MI) readings as part of the monitoring process to help them calculate when the crop would be ready to harvest.

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Letters of love

Eventually, my father returned to take us from the house at Glen Forrest in the Darling Ranges to a tiny railway siding hundreds of kilometres to the east. He had bought a block of land for about five pounds.

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Precious

Normally, I don't come in the car to pick up the children, but this afternoon was different. We had decided to spend the afternoon exploring nearby parkland as a family.

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