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Grandpa Nybakken loved life especially when he could play a trick on somebody. At those time, his large Norwegian frame shook with laughter while he feigned innocent surprise, exclaiming, Oh, forevermore! But on a cold Saturday in downtown Chicago, Grandpa felt that God played a trick on him, and Grandpa wasn’t laughing.

Mother’s father worked as a carpenter. On this particular day, he was building some crates for the clothes his church was sending to an orphanage in China. On his way home, he reached into his shirt pocket to find his glasses, but they were gone. He remembered putting them there that morning, so he drove back to the church. His search proved fruitless.

When he mentally replayed his earlier actions, he realized what happened. The glasses had slipped out of his pocket unnoticed and fallen into one of the crates, which he had nailed shut. His brand new glasses were heading for China!

The Great Depression was at its height, and Grandpa had six children. He had spent twenty dollars for those glasses that very morning.

“It’s not fair,” he told God as he drove home in frustration. “I’ve been very faithful in giving of my time and money to your work, and now this.”

Several months later, the director of the orphanage was on furlough in the United States. He wanted to visit all the churches that supported him in China, so he came to speak on Sunday night at my grandfather’s small church in Chicago. Grandpa and his family sat in their customary seats among the sparse congregation.

But most of all, he said, I must thank you for the glasses you sent last year. You see, the Communists had just swept through the orphanage, destroying everything, including my glasses. I was desperate.

Even if I had the money, there was simply no way of replacing those glasses. Along with not being able to see well, I experienced headaches every day, so my coworkers and I were much in prayer about this. Then your crates arrived. When my staffed removed the covers, they found a pair of glasses lying on top.

The missionary paused long enough to let his words sink in. Then, still gripped with the wonder of it all, he continued: Folks, when I tried on the glasses, it was as thought they had been custom-made just for me! I want to thank you for being a part of that!

The people listened, happy for the miraculous glasses. But the missionary surely must have confused their church with another, they thought. There were no glasses on their list of items to be sent overseas.

But sitting quietly in the back, with tears streaming down his face, an ordinary carpenter realized the Master Carpenter had used him in an extraordinary way.

 

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A Pastor had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc.  The kitty would not come down.  The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.  He did all this, checking his progress in the car frequently, then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. 

 But as he moved a little further forward...the rope broke.  The tree went "boing!" and the kitten instantly sailed through the air - out of sight. 
   The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they'd seen a little kitten.  Nobody had seen a stray kitten.  So, he prayed, "Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping," and went on about his business.

A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members.  He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food.  Now this woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, "Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?"

She replied, "You won't believe this," and told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing.  Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, "Well, if the Lord gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it."  She told the pastor, "I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask Lord for a cat.

And really, Pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes.  A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws spread out, and landed right in front of her."

 

HOT COCOA FOR A CROWD


1-1/2 c. sugar
1-1/4 c. Hershey cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. hot water
4 qts. (1 gal. milk)
1 tbsp. vanilla

In a 6 quart saucepan combine sugar, cocoa and salt. Gradually add hot water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; beat to serving temperature, stirring occasionally. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat, add vanilla. Serve hot. About 22 (6 ounce) servings.

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