Times Read: 967
His name just would not do. The strong-willed 4-year-old marched up to his mother, thumbed his chest, and said, "He is Jacksie." From then on he was known by family members and friends as Jacksie, Jacks, or Jac...
Times Read: 967
There's one in every group'the one kid that dresses differently and seems to "fit in" about as well as a round peg in a square hole. In our group it was Darlene.
When we piled into the church bus and headed ou...
Times Read: 742
Spring break is finally here!" Randy hollered in the hallway as he and his brother headed out the door.
"I can't believe school's finally out," his brother, Bradley, remarked.
"For a week anyway. It's back to...
Times Read: 616
Twelve-year-old Sally lived with her missionary parents at a Baptist mission station in the northern part of Nigeria. Friends told Sally's family about an interesting feature that they had recently watched on t...
Times Read: 899
It was a sunny afternoon, but Pam was feeling blue. She had just come home, and as usual, it was empty. Of course, there was beautiful and expensive furniture, but the rooms looked just about as homey as a furn...
Times Read: 694
In some countries, being a Christian is considered a serious crime against the government. Over the years many people have been arrested, imprisoned, and even killed because they refused to give up their faith....
Times Read: 653
"Grandpapa will like them," Melianne told herself, checking on the sweet potatoes cooking over the fire. She glanced anxiously at the sky. The sun was dipping nearer the African mountains.
I wonder what's taki...
Times Read: 576
I wanted a pet. Not a cat, not a dog, but a hen. So when my parents decided to order two dozen chicks from Australia, I was happy and excited.
"You'll get to have your hen, plus the grown birds will provide eg...
Times Read: 1193
"It's time for us to go to Challenge," Julie said to me. "We'll see you later."
"Sure!" I said, sounding more cheerful than I felt. As Julie and Wendy headed down the hallway, I sighed and headed in the other ...
Times Read: 747
When my parents decided to become foster parents, it was OK with me. I loved kids, especially babies. I pictured sweet little cherubs in cuddly, soft blankets being dropped off by their caseworkers. They would ...
Times Read: 654
Lui Sing took his son by the hand. "Tonight we will slip through the rice field like shadows," he told Wo Ming. "Do not stumble. Do not whisper. Death walks beside us."
Wo Ming trembled. He had been to prayer ...
Times Read: 607
It was too early in the year for Christmas gifts, but Susan was in the den wrapping a small compact package. She had fixed it up in brown paper, which she'd cut from a grocery bag.
Her younger sister, Patti, w...
Times Read: 835
"You silly, silly creature! Get out of that oven immediately!" Impatiently I scolded Mr. Simms, our old tomcat, who always insisted on sleeping in the lukewarm oven.
"Someday that cat is going to be roasted al...
Times Read: 662
Esther lay on a narrow but comfortable cot in a large room where dozens of other girls and women slept, whispered, and dreamed. Yet she felt completely alone.Unable to sleep, she relived the past hours. She fel...
Times Read: 854
The noise was so slight that only a trained ear could have heard it. It lasted only a moment, and then it was gone, and the engines of the big Air Force bomber sounded as sweet and smooth as they always had.
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