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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2010-01-08 09:25:32
Subject: It Still Works

Luke 18

The Parable of the Persistent Widow ("The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease")



Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.


He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.


And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.'

 4"For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' "

 6And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"


You're probably getting sick of hearing this, but I do still have some computer work, which helps pay the bills around here. However, without Internet I cannot be of service to anyone and therefore this computer would be worthless as a means of income.

Over the years down here, Internet has been a bit of struggle to maintain. We spent the first 15 months trying to get a working satellite system. That system was doing well until the company sent me a modem upgrade; then it no longer worked and they would not allow me to use the old modem.

Over the past three months we've used a new, local Internet solution which America is more than familiar with, although we are behind the times out here in the sticks. We were to watch some American television yesterday and there were many commercials about "3G". Well, as you might expect, we are not up to 3 in the wilds of Honduras. We can only count to 2, as in "2G". In other words, we have wireless dial-up. For those of you who are too young to remember dial up; try and imagine loading Google's home page and waiting 15 seconds for it. Or, try and imagine downloading a 3 minute MP3 song and waiting 6 minutes for that. I'm not complaining because, as slow as it is, I can still do my work. Thankfully uploading and downloading videos is not a job requirement.

The modem we have at the moment costs $45/month, which is a bit extreme for dial-up, but it definitely pays for itself in rapid order. There is a $15/month plan, but it requires that I go through a credit check, which something like an act of Congress in Honduras. Needless to say, I am trying to finish that credit check. Meanwhile, my old $45/month modem stopped working.

So, and this is where the parable comes in, I've been traveling to the telecom office several times a week to get the new modem, under the new plan for $15/month. Yesterday the sales guy that I always talk to checked on my application again. He told me that it had not yet gone through, even though the main office assured us that it would have been done the day before. However, he told me, he would loan me his own personal modem if I would just stay away until he called me. So, he left the sales office, walked home, retrieved his modem and returned it to me.

Folks, if God's Word works for a gringo in Honduras, it will work for anyone, anywhere.

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re: It Still Works  by Elaine on Saturday January 09, 2010

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