As I've mentioned earlier, Grandma Cybersalt and I are now working with refugees and persecuted Christians, a ministry change from pastoring local congregations. Participation in the Be a Billionaire fund raiser and other donation opportunities here on the Cybersalt site has been helping brother and sisters in Christ who have ended up in the most miserable of conditions for standing firm in their faith. We are thankful for your partnership in this.
One group we have worked a lot with is Christians who have fled Pakistan because of that country's blasphemy laws. This week I watched an excellent video that helps us better understand why they had to flee and are terrified to go back or be forceably returned. This video will also introduce you to some people who need our prayers in the same way Saul needed prayer when he was persecuting the early church. You can watch "Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws" on our AGCRSI website: www.agcrsi.org/blog/pakistan-s-blasphemy-laws
The company I work for sometimes puts on what they call "Lunch and Learn" seminars during the employees' lunchtime, dealing with a variety of physical and mental health issues. If the seminar lasts beyond the normal lunch hours, we're supposed to get managerial approval to attend.
So, last week, this flier came around:
LUNCH AND LEARN SEMINAR: WHO'S CONTROLLING YOUR LIFE?
A golfer went to see his doctor. He was suffering from major stress syndrome. The doctor asked him if he played golf, to which the golfer replied, "I play at it, it's a very frustrating game, but I love it."
The doctor told him that the next time he played, he should use an imaginary ball. The golfer was a little embarrassed, but he decided to give it a try.
He went out on a weekday so his normal golfing buddies wouldn't see him, and proceeded to tee up an imaginary ball. Lo and behold, he birdied the first hole! He was playing the best game he had ever played, with birdie or eagle on every hole, as he approached the 9th green. Another single gentleman had been playing ahead of him and watching this game with much curiosity.
The second golfer waited before he teed off on the 10th hole and asked the first golfer if he would like to join him. They did, and as they played the 10th hole, the second golfer asked him what he was doing.
The first golfer explained that his doctor had told him to play a round of golf with an imaginary ball to relieve his stress, and it was working.
Well, of course, the second golfer said he had stress and asked if it would be all right to play with an imaginary ball, also.
The first golfer said "Sure!"
They now approach the 18th hole, short par 4, and both men are tied to this point in their round. The second golfer teed his imaginary ball, took a stroke, and started jumping up and down shouting, "Ace! I win!"
The first golfer only turned to him, smiled, and said "No, I won. That was my ball."
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