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I hope my world vision story will inspire you.
Eight years ago we learned that my dad had cancer that had spread to the bones and did not have much time left. I used to wonder if I would be able to accept the death of my parents and be strong when I had to face this time in my life. I remember being very distressed at the news. Dennis and I were trying to figure out how and when we could go back home to Ohio and take our two grown sons and our fifteen year old as well. They wanted to go and see Grandpa one last time. Every day I would drive to my teaching job crying and praying.

One morning as I was driving, I asked the lord to please show me that everything was going to be alright. As I looked up to my right, there was an old building that used to be a church. On the lower part of the steeple there was a shadow of a perfect cross. I had driven this way every day for years and had never noticed it before, nor did I ever see it again.

I really felt that I saw it that day because God was telling me that everything would be fine. I experienced peace for the first time in many days.

Philippians 4:6 &7 (NIV) says,
"Do not be anxious about anything.
but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

Epilogue: As it turned out, we spent time with my parents and most of my brother and sister's families. I was granted leave of absence and stayed with mom to help care for my dad. Mom and I held his hands as he, so peacefully, took his last breath. I am so thankful that I got to be with my parents during that very difficult time.

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.
I do not give as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled
and do not be afraid."

John 14"24 (NIV)

The following is an story, written about Ainsley and Grace Peterson's daughter, Gee Gee. She was tragically killed in a car accident. It was published in World Vision International, dated in 1968.

Her Hands are Still,
but her Dream Continues thru World Vision

March 20, 1966
Sunday night.
"Father, in the name of Jesus Christ your divine Son, I pray that you will make me usable for your service, make me sensitive to your world vision. Keep me from the sin of discouragement. Help me to want to do your will, and then help me to do it. Teach me more of yourself so I will come to know you better and better each day until, filled with your Spirit, I will want nothing else and will need nothing else.

"Help me to live with divine purpose - to work and study, making the most of every opportunity to learn as much as possible to become best prepared to fit into your plan for me later. During the time of preparation, help me to recognize the needs of others.

"Lord, help others through me. Give me opportunities to share your hope in time of despair, to share your joy in time of sorrow, to share your peace in time of war, to share your love in time of hatred, to share your purpose in time of chaos, to share your life in time of death, to share your consistency in time of change, and to share your divine power in time of weakness.

"prove in my life that Christianity is not just talking but living.

"And thank you for your promise that if we ask anything in your name, according to your will, you hear and answer.

"Right now I am ready to be made willing, to be made able for you to use me wherever I will be most useful to you. Now I believe God wants me to prepare for work with orphaned children in some land other than America - to share all that God has given me with children who are alone in the world without love, without hope, without Christ. I know He will clear the path and show me the best way to prepare for this. As I trust Him, He will help me go on from here, not looking back but forward to see how He will work it out. All He asks of me is to fret not, to trust, to delight, to commit, to rest. He will do the work. What a wonderful divine Lord!" Gee Gee Peterson wrote this prayer of dedication as she began her nurse's training.

Two years and six months later she was dead, killed in a car accident in Bellingham, Washington.

While she was a student, Gee Gee (her given name was Gloria but everyone called her by Gee Gee) had managed to sponsor a child through World Vision. She had wanted a child like those she was preparing to serve, so World Vision introduced her to Tsai Yu Yen, and eight-year-old polio victim at the Bethany Polio Home in Taiwan.

Gee Gee had sealed her prayer of dedication and given it to one of the deacon's wives saying it should be opened and read in ten years. It was opened at the time of Gee Gee's death and read at her funeral. Gee Gee's mother, Mrs. Grace Peterson, enclosed it in a letter she wrote to World Vision.

Mrs. Peterson wrote, "We do not understand God's plan or purpose in all of this, but we trust Him to work out all the details. We know that God uses ways to spread the Gospel around the world that may not always be our ways.

"I am writing this letter to you in the hope that someone else will read it and receive the call from our divine Lord to go out in her place to serve Him among children."

Though World Vision has no openings for nurses, doctors or teachers and does not serve as a placement organization, if you would really like to use your life in service among the needy in the name of the Lord Jesus and are not really sure about where to start or who to contact, World Vision does have available a free pamphlet on "You Can So Get There From Here." It tells how to go about making your desire for overseas service a reality.

This World Vision story
was written by Norma Ferrel.

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