Writing 101, Day 5, Be Brief: Have you heard this one?

An American missionary is traveling in China by train. During the train trip, he discovers that one of his fellow passengers is a local Chinese man that speaks some English. They exchange some information, including what each does for a living. When the missionary explains that he is a pastor, a man of God, the other man slowly removes a folded piece of paper from his pocket. He carefully unfolds the paper and leans forward. “I found this paper five years ago,” he explains. The pastor sees that it is a single page from an English language Bible. “Please,” the man continues, “I want to know more about this God.”

When I think about this, I always wonder what I would have done had I been in the Chinese man’s places.

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